Alex Pouliot is the recipient of the François-Xavier-Marange 2020 Grant, following which he begins a 12-month residency at Atelier Circulaire. During his residency, he wishes to explore the affective presence and narrativity of images and words through different states of matter.
"My practice investigates the affective charge and the mechanisms of production of images and memories. The photographs and texts in my personal archive are transformed through different sculptural, installation, performative and textual strategies. My research, based on my sensitive experience of the world, is driven by tensions between presence/absence - light/darkness - conservation/destruction - memory/forgetfulness - life/death. Focusing on techniques of reuse, dissimulation, fragility and erasure, my approach seeks to cultivate an ecological conception of the image, conscious of its visual footprint. »
Fanny Latreille is the recipient of the 2019 François-Xavier-Marange grant. She is beginning a 12-month residency at the Atelier Circulaire during which she will explore various printing techniques and image composition processes.
"Since 2013, I have been engaged in an approach of interpretation and transposition of archives in order to look at history. My process develops in dialogue with people, objects and archives. Borrowed images, shared testimonies and cooperation as documentary elements are the primary materials of my work, which I activate at the design stage. What I am interested in are improbable dialogues, reciprocities between authors or ideas that could not have met otherwise."
Julie Bellavance is the recipient of the 3rd Grant For Emerging Artists In Printmaking. She explores the lithographic process through a sensitive approach to the representation of natural objects. Her prints are arranged according to patterns of repetition or symmetry within devices inviting the viewer to contemplation.
"My work focuses on the ambiguous representation, but in all its subtlety, of natural elements. Thanks to the opportunity offered by Atelier Circulaire, I will focus on the production of mineral images. I will explore the composition of these images from several matrices in lithography using the combination and transparency of several colors to obtain a wide range of subtle nuances serving those visible in minerals. "
Atelier Circulaire is proud to present the winner of our 2nd edition of the Emerging Artist in Printmaking Grant: Yamina Sekhri.
Her work explores questions about identity, privacy and data confidentiality.
" I aim to untangle my memories, my secrets and my identity from the algorithms and signals of the digital era they are intertwined in. What are the patterns and symbols hidden in the daily virtual reality and how may I transfer my observations into the real world? I enjoy working step by step. I separate the image into multiple layers and I assemble them to create a coherent single final result. Manual printing techniques are polyvalent and open the door to all sorts of possibilities of creation. Silkscreen printing is of special value to my research, for I can print on a multitude of unusual surfaces. This freedom allows me to share my thoughts with humor and honesty."
At Atelier Circulaire, Yamina will continue her project "Private Matters" with screen-printing and lithography productions.
Presentation: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at 6:30 pm
Julie Ouellet is the latest winner of the François-Xavier Marange grant, created in collaboration with the UQAM Foundation, thanks to the generosity of a philanthropic couple, friends of Atelier Circulaire. Her work revolves around an active search in the broader field of drawing and painting.
" Through recent experiments, I try to grasp what dictates or influences the path of the hand that traces, and that is why I have determined to voluntarily set up binding and unpredictable tracing situations. It is with a view to “destabilize” my act of drawing that I plan to approach the setting and printing tools offered me by Atelier Circulaire. "
All along her journey in our studio, we will follow her project as it evolves.
He won the Cultural Diversity and Indigenous Communities grant. An Ojibwe / Anishnabe artist, he is interested in geometric beading, sculpture and intaglio.
" I research, draw the image, then translate it on a computer and create a woven sculpture. At Atelier Circulaire I will be able to create 5 editions of my original drawings for my sculptures. I choose to specialize in intaglio because copper has been used by the Ojibwe for thousands of years."
Working at Atelier Circulaire allows Nicolas to deepen his knowledge and improve his technique, especially working alongside Paule, our intaglio coordinator.
Winner of the grant for Emerging artists in printmaking, he works on memory, presence and the invisible through pictorial and sculptural artworks.
" First of all, I want to understand how an object, a simple substrate can be invested with a presence, contain it as much in the literal sense as in the figurative sense. What I try to capture is the essence, the imprint left by the living once it is no longer. ”
At Atelier Circulaire, Jean-Michel is mainly interested in photogravure. We will closely follow the evolution of his work and his research around the use of varied archival documents.