HAMELIN, Claude (1948)

Claude Hamelin studied at the former Institut des arts appliqués de Montréal (1967-1968) before receiving a BFA from Concordia University (1988) and an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1992). Through the use of nomenclature and rankings, his work examines the themes of order, disorder, memory and oblivion in contemporary life. His subjects have included abandoned factories, symbolic of a certain ideal of industrial ingenuity (Les Cathédrales, 1989); the impossibility of communication (Silent Voice, 1990); and imprisonment (Polarité, 1991). He has presented his work in group exhibitions, such as En verre, sous verre… et sans verre at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, as well as in solo shows, notably Mécanismes (1992) at the Saidye Bronfman Centre (Montreal) and La Chute du corps (1994) at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.