Top Manatavo


Top Manatavo

  • Exhibition
© Zipertatou,Top Manatavo, Galerie B-312, 2010—Photo: Paul Litherland

Currently based in Montreal, Zipertatou completed his Master's degree in Visual and Media Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2003. Since then, his work has been presented in various venues and events in Canada, Japan, Spain and France. He is also a member of the Centre Clark in Montreal. He likes the sound of electric pianos, colourful lights, nan bread, berries, bubbles, frogmen's clothes and puppets that talk.

14 October 2010 to 13 November 2010

—Opnening Thursday October 14, 2010 AT 5 PM

Galerie B-312 is pleased to present TOP MANATOVO, the evocation of one of the universes invented by zipertatou. The artist shares these worlds that he imagines with their space, time, characters and the story in which they are the protagonists. -In this universe tissue boxes fly, what resembles a swollen wing comes out of the opening where one usually pulls the tissues. This is how zipertatou represents them with twelve small digital prints. The images are distributed on both sides of a large-scale digital print representing a watch with a round of strange cherubs all around. Each of these cherubs is formed by a two by two arrangement of the winged boxes represented in the smaller prints. The technical innovation in the field of computer-generated image manufacturing is such that today the possibility of offering representations of purely mental universes has become quite conceivable. Such images offer an insane point of view through which one can appreciate hyperrealistic images that paradoxically refer to realities with no real existence. The use of such images is now widespread, varying between pure entertainment and simple illusionism. zipertatou brings the process into the field of art. What then happens to entertainment, illusionism or illustration, when we know that by definition, the world of art does not entertain, delude or illustrate? Without a doubt, zipertatou knows to put entertainment, illusionism and illustration in the service of a frank reflection on the reference function of computer-generated images.

—Translation of a text by JEAN-ÉMILE VERDIER