Communiqué :Exhibition Manuel BISSON 


From October 8 to November 7, 2015

Opening on Wednesday, October 7, from 5 pm to 8 pm

NEW GROUND, by the artist Manuel Bisson, presented at Galerie Bernard from October 8 to November 7, includes two series of works from 2013 to 2015. Although representational, Bisson painting suggests subject to interpretation forms. The two series oscillate between references to the body (animal and human), as well as landscape (unreal, cosmic).

The first corpus presents works carried out between 2013 and 2014. Pictorial research of Manuel Bisson is activated by the meeting of opposites and the exploration of contrasts. This series is under the influences of the animal and/or human body, where: hair, coat and textures are superimposed on the deep contrasts of black and white. Intimate and visceral things are hidden under angular geometric features, thus creating a certain dichotomy in the image; an ambiguity between modesty and exhibitionism.

With the second corpus (2015 artworks), the artist takes us into another universe. Here, one moves away from the figure (body human/animal/mineral) and we are transported in a series of improbable, futuristic, unreal landscapes… Manuel Bisson questions the environment, location, and architecture, without however incorporating figurative elements. Avoiding narration, the elements arranged in his paintings are set in turn voltage, contemplation, isolation and insecurity. The compositions range from two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality, space and canvas, shadows-objects and objects-nil. The oblique and the superimposed planes create cutaway perspectives and false assumed depths. Integrated subtly into his works, influences from the aesthetics of the science fiction of the 1970s and 1980s can be perceived, both in the treatment of the color as in the plans in suspension. Some mystical universe and worlds parallel, retro-futuristic prints can be well seen in this series. The comings and goings of this geometric theatre often takes place in a floating space without anchoring figurative or structural. In addition, this feeling of suspension is suggested by the meeting of abstract plans or light radiation that Bisson creates with his singular exploration of color and mediums.

The artist works with ease, one series to another, combinations of fluorescent color palettes, pastel, black and white, who marry in an unexpected way. The use of the aerosol and plastic references in the cosmos are recurrent in the whole corpus of Bisson. Thus, these two series to the formal, sometimes different, are connected by several elements that make up a coherent practice. His abstract art is the result of a gesture, an action for most of the time spontaneous and instinctive but evolving. NEW GROUND is an opportunity for him to explore new formal and semantic fields in the context of this first solo exhibition at the Gallery Bernard.                     

(Source in French: Roxanne Arsenault – Translation Galerie Bernard)

Manuel Bisson, born in 1973, lives and works in Montréal. His artistic approach stands out mainly by two disciplines, that is to say: performance and painting. He completed his Bachelor of Arts visuels et médiatiques at UQAM in 2011. However, his multidisciplinary artistic practice spans more than 15 years. His performative works were presented in festivals and galleries in the Canada and abroad. A few years ago he left the performance to devote himself entirely to his pictorial work. From 2014, Manuel Bisson is represented by Galerie Bernard; his works have been presented at the collective exhibition in the Gallery Accrochage 2014 – «Territories et fioritures» (Manuel Bisson, Kittie Bruneau, Raymond Dupuis and André Jasmin), at the fair of contemporary art of
Saint-Lambert, at the auction Clark26 in 2014, as well as the contemporary art PAPIER14 and PAPIER15 fairs.