FICTIONS, an initiative from Collectif des Créateurs Canadiens (CCC), showcases the work of eight designers in an ‘atypical love letter’ to Montreal
From Montreal, the Collectif des Créateurs Canadiens (CCC) has unveiled FICTIONS, a virtual exhibition showcasing thirteen new works by a group of eight Canadian designers, both established and emerging. The exhibition – the inaugural initiative of its kind by CCC and made virtual in response to the coronavirus pandemic – is a collaboration with curator, design specialist and architect Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte. The designers featured include: Atelier Zébulon Perron, Claste Collection, David Umemoto, Lambert & Fils, Loïc Bard, Pascale Girardin, SSSVLL and Yannick Pouliot.
Described as an ‘atypical love letter’ to the city of Montreal, FICTIONS is set in an empty and industrial space in the heart of the city; virtual visitors are prompted to choose one of four different camera angles to survey the work (floor view, bird’s eye, detail, overall view). The voyeuristic setting pairs imagery and video footage by Pierre-Alexandre Guay and Alex Lesage with an original soundscape by composer Philippe Brault.
The thirteen featured pieces appear as somewhat mutated forms of furniture, blurring the lines of design and art, and questioning who their user or what their purpose might be. Spineless Chair by design firm Atelier Zébulon Perron appears as a divided and impractical seat, split into two halves. Artist David Umemoto has produced three raw concrete sculptures representing fictional miniature buildings that playfully reference classic structures.
Lest We Be Kings by Claste Collection comprises two tall chairs, partially encased in walls of bronzed glass. Paravent, a large-scale, screen-like installation from lighting designer Lambert & Fils, was born from an exploration session around ceramic extrusions, and questions light and its perception.
FICTIONS is on view at the CCC website from 22 to 30 April