Renowned for cheeky, critical and explosive works, BGL creates self-referential, site-specific installations that seek to re-contextualize the gallery space. The works are at once nostalgic, while simultaneously relevant to contemporary culture. The trio utilizes local signage, ‘foodstuff’ and urban clichés, demonstrating their long-term investigation into our unpredictable relationship with nature and consumer culture. With the help of BGL, we are able witness the transformation of the Canadian landscape: an ongoing battle between the natural and the artificial. As a result, the viewer becomes more aware of our present throw-away culture. This is precisely what BGL is engaging with in their artistic practice: a process of recycling and reusing of materials that are later restaged and recontextualized within the gallery space. BGL’s massive exhibitions have included the staging of a seasonal ornamental tree factory, a bonfire and even a ‘Marché aux puces’ (flea market). These installations re-position found objects, cultural ephemera and unique sculptures in new and thought-provoking ways.
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Avant-propos / Claude Bélanger
The Elements / Anne-Marie Ninacs
Ants at a Picnic, Flies in the Ointment / Catherine Dean
Editor: Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec
Artist: BGL (Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère et Nicolas Laverdière)
Authors: Anne-Marie Ninacs / Catherine Dean
23 cm x 28,5 cm
112 pages, 82 colour illustrations, 2009
Bilingual (English / French)