Séripop, the Montreal art group of Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum, are showing their art exhibit, Deux Temps, Trois Mouvements, and Sans Doute at the Winnipeg gallery La Maison des artistes visuels francophones from June 21 to Aug 30.
The Winnipeg exhibition consists of two different art installations — Chandigarh Is One and More Time Than Space.
Chandigarh Is One focuses on the motivations and aesthetics behind the city in Chandigarh, India. Architect Le Corbusier created the city in 1953. The first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, commissioned the city after the separation of India and Pakistan. Chandigarh was created because the Indian province Punjab was split between Pakistan and India, leaving Punjab without a capital.
Nehru wanted a modern city to showcase the new India. Le Corbusier designed the city, and is one of the most prominent forces behind modern architecture.
The point of Chandigarh Is One is to examine Le Corbusier’s architecture and his modern motivations. Critics have argued that his cities are not pedestrian-friendly and are dictatorial in their structural imposition on native cultures.
Chandigarh is One examines the stylistic choices of Chandigarh in a pop art manner with ironic undertones. The installation is unique in that manner and should prove to be intellectually stimulating for gallery viewers.
More Time Than Space is a participatory sculpture. Gallery guests are invited to immerse themselves in the brightly colorful art, examine the three objects clustered in front of them and reflect on possible architectural statements that the piece is trying to make. Séripop describes the work in terms of “saccades, visual rhythm, and a clear evolution.” More Time Than Space plays with the phenomenological elements of architecture and art – the relationship between the object in regards to humanity’s relationship with nature. Humanity is a part of nature and our dwellings shouldn’t dominate, but enhance our relationship with nature.
Séripop’s interesting art installations should be a treat of anyone that wants to experience groundbreaking art in a gallery setting.
The Séripop installations will be on display from June 21 – Aug 30 at La Maison des artistes visuels francophones, 219 Provencher Blvd. For more information on the exhibit as well as gallery hours, visit www.maisondesartistes.mb.ca.