GAGNON, Marc (1958)

Marc Gagnon, La beauté du mort. Vue d’exposition à la Maison de la culture Ahuntsic de Montréal. 2004/2005. 800 cm X 700 cm X 400 cm. Photo avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste.

Marc Gagnon graduated with a BFA from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in 1986. His artwork plays upon absurdity, incongruity, humour and paradox in the aim of challenging norms and stimulating reflection upon our manner of perceiving and constructing reality. At the Ahuntsic Maison de la culture, for example, he exhibited an 8 x 7 x 4 m house entitled La beauté du mort (“the beauty of the dead”). Featuring dated décor, it was made entirely of paintings by “amateur” artists – hundreds of canvases that Gagnon had collected over the years from flea markets and garage sales. In the summer of 2004, he presented Le saut d’Adam (“the leap of Adam”), comprised of fourteen Christ figurines removed from their crosses and stacked on top of one another to form a kind of backbone. In 2012-2013, he was invited to complete a residency at the Le Lobe artists’ centre in Chicoutimi. He was welcomed as a senior artist “who had left his mark on the cultural landscape of Quebec through his role in and original contribution to the development of artistic practices.”

« Marc Gagnon : Sur le terrain de la séduction » by Ginette Bouchard, ESPACE, vol. 7, n° 3, p. 14.