Launch of limited edition original prints by François Lacasse and Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf
Thursday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Arprim’s initiative À l’affiche assists the creation of original prints and posters by contemporary artists. Working in partnership with the Université du Québec à Montréal’s (UQAM) École des arts visuels et médiatiques, this project lets printing arts students get better acquainted with the printing process, and gives them a chance to work in close collaboration with professional and renowned artists for the production of one of their pieces.
The proceeds from the À l’affiche project go towards financing the centre’s activities and help fund grants for students in the field of printing arts at UQAM’s École des arts visuels et médiatiques.
Arprim is very proud to launch its first print series produced as part of this collaboration: silkscreen prints by François Lacasse and Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf, on Stonehenge 100% cotton (56 x 76 cm) and limited to 50 numbered copies each. For these, both artists have explored the potential of print media within their own painting and drawing practices.
François Lacasse, a teacher at UQAM and artist, studies the physical and material qualities of color and its application methods. The transformation process plays an important role in his works, which are the results of a sequence of gestures and protocols. His work has been showcased in over ten solo exhibitions, including at the Musée d’art de Joliette (2009), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2002) and Galerie René Blouin, which represents him. Petits écrasements is in line with his recent work, but expands into new experiments incorporating silkscreen printing and the possibilities it affords with regard to color.
Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf’s practice, at once playful and conceptual, has been dealing in recent years with the appropriation, détournement, and transformation of found printed matter. His work has been presented in many solo and group shows, for example at Optica (2015), Arprim (2015), Verticale – centre d’artistes (2014) and at the Musée régional de Rimouski (2013). In Karlsplatz Station, the artists offers an image inspired by his Études préparatoires, in which he draws explosions on the pages of books. Silkscreen printing enables him to mimic both the photographical nature of the architecture textbook’s page, as well as the jagged and colourful shape of the “explosion”.
Get these prints now at Le Magasin – Arprim’s sales area, which offers original artworks at affordable prices – online at www.arprim.org (starting May 22), or at UQAM (Judith-Jasmin building, #J-4075). Available at the prices of $125 and $250 respectively, the prints will have a 20% discount on May 21 for their official launch.