- Summer Residencies
Simon Bertrand was born in 1980. In 2009, he obtained a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM. His work has been presented in several solo exhibitions notably at Galerie de l’UQAM (2009), Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay (2010), Maison de la culture Maisonneuve (2013) and Galerie René Blouin (2014-2017). His group exhibitions include The state of parenthesis, Galerie UQO (2017—Curator: Marie-Hélène Leblanc) and Exercices de lecture, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery (2015—Curator: Katrie Gagnon). He also participated in the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul (2014). His artworks appear in numerous private collections in Québec and Canada, as well as in the collection Prêt d’œuvres d’art of Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Simon Bertrand is represented by Galerie René Blouin.
During the summer period, Galerie B-312 is pleased to offer its space to an artist in the context of a free residency. Covering an area of 2 000 square feet, the gallery can be implicated in different ways. Above all, it is about giving the opportunity to artists to work on site, turning the gallery space into an artist studio. Simon Bertrand is the fourth artist to benefit from this summer residency. Atlas: constellation II is the continuation of Atlas, presented at Galerie René Blouin in 2017. The project consists of reinventing constellations on a new celestial map from hand-transcribed poems and texts. During his summer residency, Simon Bertrand plans to transcribe an excerpt from Miranda July’s short story The Shared Patio, on the wall of the gallery. The exhibition, which will take place from September 6 to October 13, 2018, will bring together writers from different times and places, who will speak with one voice as if time and space were abolished. On a fictional map of the universe, the dots represent all the galaxies listed to date. More than a million points were counted and drawn. A second constellation will connect some of these galaxies associated with poems of various eras, as subtle dialogues and impossible encounters between authors across time and space. Based on scientific research on the phenomenon of synesthesia, the artist assigns a color to each letter of the alphabet. For this second constellation, the selected texts and poems are transcribed from right to left as spots and lines of different colours.