Marc Seguin exhibition
When I was visiting Canada for the first time back in June 2013, I spent a few days exploring the (un)known Charlevoix region. Baie-Saint-Paul, a little charming town I had never heard of, was suddenly on my to do list too.
Because my health was not really cooperating with my adventure plans in the nature, we had to find a back up plan. And you know how it is, sometimes the plan B turns out better than expected …
I was asked if I was up to visiting Marc Seguin exhibition. His name did not sound familiar to me at all, I have to admit, and I was not sure if I was in the museum mood. But a voice in my head was telling me to give it a try.
So I did.
Marc Seguin exhibition was in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Baie-Saint-Paul from 15th June to 14th October 2013. Only there I found out that Marc is one of the most famous Quebec artists. In 2002 he presented at the Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul for the first time. Now it’s been 30 years of Symposium already in the town!
Half of Marc’s exhibition was here at the Museum, the second half was exposed at Maison Hamel-Bruneau in Quebec City.
Wondering around the exhibition, I learned a lot of interesting things about Marc’s life and work from a lovely lady working at the museum.
Marc is from Quebec but has a studio in NYC. He uses strange materials and he is influenced by architecture, well-known personalities, he also copies historic and political events and art history.
Some naturalized photos of animals could be seen at Marc Seguin exhibition, such as wolves, coyotes with fur and human beings on the paintings showing different relationship between the humans and animals. The victim is changing, sometimes the animals are even biting the people.
One of the series is spiritual pictures that are very dark – completely the opposite to much light in the church. The humans on Marc’s works are not comfortable in their skin in life and the images show their troubled relationship between humans and religion. A terrorist series is well known too. He mocks the heroes who are heroes in their culture but he puts them female clothes on the painting. Marc plays with the opposites like that with joy.
Another painting I was at the exhibition was about wars and September 11 where the author added fireworks into the painting – full of controversy but there are 2 ways to see it. The terrorist point of view could represent that they are happy to succeed so the fireworks represent their gratitude for making it happen.
The most interesting painting when it comes to technique was in my opinion the one which used lamb blood to get reddish/pink color on the painting and also human remain ash was mixed with it. Someone gave these peculiar things to Marc asking him to use them for his works. In art history something similar was used already so he was not the first one to do so. However, he was definitely the first painter using this unique technique I have personally heard of.
”Those people live again through Marc’s paintings” I was explained.
Later I found out also the message of the painting … ”what we create is not there for ever, and we are not here for ever either.”
One of the topics of Marc’s paintings are also self-portraits … some are with him on them, some with other painters when he treats the images of other painters as his own, as his self-portraits. Marc believes the other painters influenced him so much they formed what he is now so they are kind of self-portraits too. He sees himself in them.
After closer observing of Marc Seguin exhibition and all the controversy he shows to the world, some people would think Marc is very much going to all the manifestations being an activist, but in fact he is very quiet, lives on his farm, he likes hunting and fishing and some peace and quiet. I guess it’s very similar to the ”wrong first appearance” people also get with me if they don’t know me … Because the truth behind crazy sexy fun traveler is also this controversial and surprising, out of the known as the unique Marc Seguin exhibition.
For more information about Museum of Contemporary Art in Baie-Saint-Paul and their exhibitions, please visit their website.