Friday, 6 November 2015

Zabriskie Solo Exhibition at Axe Néo 7 Centre in Hull_Galleries 1 & 2_ Québec, Canada. November 4th -16th of December 2015. 

Zabriskie is the reflection of an engagement towards sculpture, it seizes an attraction for ambiguity, absence, loss, a view, a raw emotion submerged in the everyday, to time. This production reflects a state allowed into being, inhabited by precariousness, the irrational, trying to express a hesitation, an intuition... This exhibition presented in Galleries 1 & 2 at Centre AXENÉO7 brings together parts, pieces, surfaces, absorbent blacks that embody physical commitment.

Zabriskie, the exhibition document, produced in collaboration with Dastudio, intersects a world where the image focuses on the familiarity of the workshop, the portrait of objects, the places, the sculpture seeking to transmit that information of materiality, like a proximity, a type of poetic propaganda, a journey that shows the roots of my thinking. The photographs used in this printed document were produced by Dastudio and are edited and signed on archival paper. The artist wishes to thank Louise deLorme for her collaboration with the Zabriskie project.

Michel Archambault is a sculptor, curator and designer. His sculptural work explores sound art, painting and photography. His work has been generously supported by The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (New York, 2006) and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation (New York, 2005), Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and is included in many public and private collections.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

In the early 1980s, with the idea of sculpting sound, I collaborated with électroacoustic composer M. Tétreault, creating very minimal, conceptual sound environments exhibited in venues such as The Wired Society, Toronto (1984) and the Plan K, Brussels (1986). Then my sculpture dealt with the domestic, maximizing physical attributes in form of utilitarian objects (Sculptures et autres inventions, Louise Déry, Curator, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec 1996).

Parallel to my practice as sculptor, I organized exhibitions as curator and designer for the first centre dedicated to architecture in Montréal (1997): 200m3 architecture & satellites, exhibiting International/National projects from Architects such as Rem Koolhaas & Kate Orff and Arakawa & Gins.

In the last decade, my photographic work has underlined social behavior sourced from Architecture, Advertising and Fashion (Carte Blanche Magenta Foundation 2006).

These last years, revisiting my past through the mix of, and reprocessing of cultural elements, ranging from underground music scene, psychedelic culture and travels in the middle east (Afghanistan-India-Iran-Israel), I focused on developping a multifaceted 3d production using diverse materials and methods of realization. With a calculated austerity, I created a series of welded and cut steel sculptures like Century II, that incorporate motorized elements and sound, and the Slum Series, that translate more of an attitude of spontaneity, a precarious assemblage composed of adaptable elements, that give the impression they can be re-configured, and separated, offering possibilities to change an environment.

Devoid of restrictions and through the irregular and unpredictable processes of creation, with sculptures Paradise, the Mir and Patriot Series and reliefs like Dystopia, I aim to dematerialize certain constitutive elements governed by traditional sculpture although the production methods I employ, translate the process of sculpting, combining materials and parts, by hand where I tend to use deliberately simple means and materials, mixing frontiers between craftwork, painting and sculpture.