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“Oblivion Souvenirs” at Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal

Please join me at the opening of Oblivion Souvenirs, my second solo exhibition at Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal. 

Through 14 paintings and 4 digital works — equally encompassing both abstract and figurative imagery — this exhibition explores memory in the context of digital imaging, as well as the recording of experience through hand-labour and textile practices such as quilting. 

Many of the paintings are based on photographs I have taken with my mobile phone, part of my immense and ever-growing archive of photographs capturing moments I barely remember. In converting these snapshots to paintings I have reduced their precision (by reducing the pixel dimensions, for instance) but greatly increased my engagement, spending up to 100 hours per painting to render the them in acrylic. Through different means of altering or degrading the original images, each work suggests some degree of loss, fragility and impermanence.

The digital works (offered as limited edition archival inkjet prints) fuse the immediacy of mobile photography with the slow deliberate nature of quilting, reconstructing quick gestural drawings and digital photographs piece-by-piece from hundreds of scans of textiles, predominantly of my family’s clothing. Figures are rendered simultaneously intimate yet indistinct, as if floating on the cusp of memory. 

Working in a slow, craft-like manner I’ve attempted to slow down time in relation to moments of my life, creating works that embody the tension between speed and slowness, between memory and oblivion, between holding on and letting go.

“Particules bleues” at Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal


Particules bleues

Extension, 2015, acrylic paint/ink on panel, 5 x 5 in.

Marie-Eve BeaulieuCarol BernierMichel CampeauJean-Sébastien DenisCatherine FarishDenis JuneauMark Stebbins, Mark Francis, JoeYan Hui

July 15 – August 5, 2017
Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal

The works in this exhibition will offer, each in their own way, a uniquely microscopic view of a wider world. Minute, predominantly blue, particles will lead the viewer’s gaze into the medium that, at this enlarged scale, will appear strange and disconcerting. 

Brought together here will be works by artists Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Carol Bernier, Michel Campeau, Jean-Sébastien Denis, Catherine Farish, Mark Francis, JoeYan Hui, Denis Juneau and Mark Stebbins.

Chacune des œuvres de cette exposition offre, à sa manière, une vision microscopique unique d’un environnement plus vaste. Ces particules minuscules, à la dominante de bleu, font pénétrer le regard du spectateur dans la matière qui, à cette échelle agrandie, nous apparaît étrangère et déroutante.

À l’occasion de cette exposition, le travail de différents artistes sera réuni : Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Carol Bernier, Michel Campeau, Jean-Sébastien Denis, Catherine Farish, Mark Francis, JoeYan Hui, Denis Juneau et Mark Stebbins.

Matthew Ryan Smith – “Mark Stebbins: Pixel, Paxel, Puxel”

Writer and curator Matthew Ryan Smith wrote about my work in his essay “Mark Stebbins: Pixel Paxel Puxel” to accompany my exhibition As Raindrops Become The Rain  Lorsque les gouttes deviennent pluie at Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal.

Read it here in English or French (pdf format).

Learn more about Matthew Ryan Smith and his many writing and curatorial projects at

Arc Poetry Magazine

Issue 68 of Arc Poetry Magazine is now on news stands and features my piece Division on the cover.  There’s also a seven-page spread showing a variety of my pieces in the middle of the magazine.

Two of the pieces depicted are brand new: a little preview of work that will form part of my upcoming solo exhibition, Glitch-alikes, at Galerie BAC, Bigué Art Contemporain in Montreal.  Glitch-alikes opens September 6 and will be on view through September 29, 2012.

Since its debut in 1978, Arc Poetry Magazine, Canada’s only poetry-exclusive forum, publishes new work by Canada’s most exciting new and established poets, alongside considered discussions of the form through articles, interviews and book reviews.  Each issue also features a showcase on the work of one Canadian visual artist.  Arc Poetry publishes three issues per year: summer, winter, and a themed fall Arc Annual.