Manuel Bisson’s most recent series of minimalist works combine different universes that coexist in a single painting. Like iconology, these works leave more space for meaning through codified schematics. With archetypes that are graphic, abstract and organic, the artist evokes textures or symbols corresponding to nature. These plant, mineral or animal references are constantly hovering in his works.
Non-figurative and full of depths, his works confuse us with their effects of fog, sparkling light or starry skies. Bisson uses masking techniques with ease and spontaneity using mediums such as acrylic and aerosol, which also allows him to create complex, indistinct or defined planes. These superimposed effects create collage impressions and vibrant waverings in the pictorial space. In addition, color contrasts, sharp and indefinite lines, evanescent touches, soft or angular shapes generate strong dynamics.
Manuel Bisson’s works boldly confine Hard-edge and minimalism and embody an atmosphere that is sometimes playful, sometimes disturbing. The viewer will attempt, maybe in vain, to focus on fuzzy, vaporous patterns. Within a curious uncertainty, a profound questioning arises about the meaning of what we see.
Manuel Bisson, born in 1973, lives and works in Montreal. His artistic approach stands out mainly by two disciplines, which are performance and painting. He completed his Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2011. However, his multidisciplinary artistic practice spans for more than 15 years. His performative works were presented in festivals and galleries across Canada and abroad, notably at the Galerie Le Logge and L’Arte studio Ginestrelle in Italy, in 2011. Since 2014, Manuel Bisson is represented by the Galerie Bernard, where his works have been presented in collective and solo exhibitions in 2014, 2015 and 2018. He participated at the contemporary art fair of Saint-Lambert and at the auction Clark26 in 2014. In addition, his artworks were presented at the Maison Antoine-Beaudry of Pointe-aux-Trembles in 2017, as well as in the contemporary art fairs PAPIER14-15-16.