Blaise Carrier-Chouinard

Carrier-Chouinard is more interested in the "singularization of foundational myths" than in things/objects themselves. He employs drawing, sculpture, installation and video to dissect histories, symbols and icons to address issues of dogma and cultural relevance. The results are a contribution to the mysticism and intrigue surrounding these archetypes. For a 2008 exhibition at Centre Clark in Montréal, the artist borrowed numerous mannequins from the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica, to create a large-scale pseudo-historical diorama complete with equal parts epic tragedy and ridiculous pomposity. The artist the depicted blindfolded explorers/conquerors and lumberjacks floating down constructed rivers of the Nouvelle-France.


Carrier-Chouinard holds an undergraduate degree from Université Laval. He participated in a group exhibition at the Galerie des Arts Visuels in 2005 and was part of an itinerant residency in France, a collaboration of artist-run centers from Québec City and France. Carrier-Chouinard lives and works in Quebec. He is dedicated to the visual arts and video production. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Eye Falling award submitted by the Eye of Fish and the following year he won the Videre prize component event for his first solo exhibition. He has participated in residences in France, the United States and Canada.




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