Valérie Litalien, Sylvain Campeau and Marie-Claude Landry
Musée d'art de Joliette
260 pp col/bw ill.
10 x 10 in flexi-cover
$50.00 Can. $50.00 U.S.
This first monograph dedicated to the photographic practice of the Montreal-based artist documents his first solo exhibition in a museum. With boundless devotion, Yan Giguère arranges his photographs of innumerable sizes and shapes into astonishing assemblages from which unsuspected formal, narrative and poetic associations emerge. Working much like a film editor, he creates coherent artistic works that go well beyond the individual shot and the anecdotal scene to suggest endless perspectives of multiple realities. The more than 600 images featured are in reality 5 distinct works created from 2007 to present day: Choisir (2003-2007), Attractions (2007-2009), Visites libres (2009-2013), and La forêt du chevreuil à lunettes and Les herbes (2015). For Giguère the medium is intregal to the message and he uses dozens of types of cameras, with a particular interest in popular models made between 1920 and 2005. The wide range of devices produces works that are often unpredictable and, when presented together, impossible to date. Yet, despite Giguère’s fascination with the capture and production of the analog image, his mastery of the digital is subtly apparent throughout. This publication, with its oversized format and dozens of reproductions, echoes the spirt of abundance that characterizes the artist’s work. Yan Guigère has had solo exhibitions at many Quebec artist centres such as VOX, B-312, Vu, Occurrence and Clark, and has participated in numerous group shows. His works are found in major public collections, notably, the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec. He is workshop coordinator at Centre Clark, one of Montreal’s leading artist centres. In English and French.