Photographs by Doyon-Rivest visit the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, December 15, 2009 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library presents the exhibition Une visite s’impose by artistic duo of Mathieu Doyon and Simon Rivest (Doyon-Rivest) from December 10, 2009 to January 17, 2010.

This series of elaborately staged photographs shows a cast of costumed characters at sites around Quebec City. This project began in the context of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, “6 emissaries” by Centre Vu who invited six artists to carry out a photographic mission in the city. The challenge was to capture images of a specific place in the present moment in time.

Doyon-Rivest decided to take advantage of this opportunity to photograph places that are not often seen by citizens and visitors to Quebec. This series of images plays with cultural clichés, as a trio of characters visit sites around the city. In their poses, the figures act as wax mannequins and the city takes on the role of a museum.

Doyon-Rivest is a pair of artists who are inspired by the aesthetics and methods used in the advertising industry and in commerce. Their work has a “two-headed” nature because of the two artists’ diverse backgrounds. Mathieu Doyon is a visual artist and musician. Simon Rivest is a graphic designer and art director in advertising.  They use these two approaches to question the challenges of both contemporary art and the world of marketing. Their work is not a critique or an apology for publicity. Instead they appropriate conventions and strategies from marketing and apply them to their artistic practice. Their work has been exhibited internationally, and they were featured in the Quebec Triennale at the Musée d’art contemporaine in 2008.

Centre Vu is an artist-run centre that has been dedicated to the development of the photographic image since 1981.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or chalpern@cotesaintluc.org.

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