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"Fabienne Lasserre: The Cave"
2000-02-23 until 2000-04-02
Art Gallery of Bishop's University
Young artist from Montreal, Fabienne Lasserre’s work represents the diversity of her artistic interests. She received her formal training in Quebec, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Italy.
This exhibition is a site-specific installation of hundred old television sets. A layer of black oil paint on which an image is engraved covers each of the television screens. The fact of working with television sets evokes at the same time the work of the artist Nam June Paik and the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp. Nevertheless, the raw materials of Fabienne Lasserre’s works are her images inspired by manuals of alchemy, witchcraft and symbols of Judeo-Christian, Mexican and Hindu popular traditions. Using her sources Fabienne Lasserre creates her own iconographic vocabulary made up of pictographic and poetic signs which, transcend the cultural barriers thanks to their simplicity and their universality.
The imposing atmosphere, which contributes greatly to the magic in this work, is created by the accumulation of the stacks of televisions placed throughout the space of the gallery, which is no longer shared only by the spectator. The electric drone of the televisions is combined with the flickering lights of grainy inconsistent images which finds its way through the unpainted areas of the television screen is another of the many elements which give this work its own sense of amazement. The symbolic system, the evocative capacity of the light and the scale of works plunge the spectator in a fairy-like and enigmatic universe.