Until May 21, Griffintown’s Fonderie Darling is host to two exhibits that are as different as they are interesting. The interesting historic building is currently showing Dineo Seshee Bopape’s AND- IN. THE LIGHT OF THIS.______, alongside David Arseneau’s SUPER F13 PART 1 TO PART 12 REDESIGN STUDIO DOOM and Céline Huyghebaert’s Comme Tout le Monde, les Choses Mortes. All three artists have created work that is incredibly unique and captivating.
To begin, Dineo Seshee Bopape is a South African artist who has had global recognition. Her current show, AND- IN. THE LIGHT OF THIS.______, continues to explore interests in themes of anthropocene and the idea of sovereignty. AND- IN. THE LIGHT OF THIS.______ is a site-specific installation piece and is centered around an impressive egg-like structure, with references to gender and motherhood, and the politics of place, among other things. Her work is complex, imposing, and beautiful.
David Arseneau’s SUPER F13 PART 1 TO PART 12 REDESIGN STUDIO DOOM is a quite the change of pace. Quirky, dark, and nostalgic, Arseneau’s work obsessively focuses on all 12 films in the Friday the 13th franchise. His work also adds elements of the early 90’s computer game Doom, allowing interesting insight into the artist’s mind. While the subject matter is filled with gory pop-culture, it is an intimate look at the artist. Strolling through the gallery, one cannot help but imagine the artist glued to a clunky desktop computer, or watching a VHS in his hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick.
Céline Huyghebaert’s Comme Tout le Monde, les Choses Mortes offers a delicate contrast to the other works. This small sampling is based on the artist’s book Le Drap Blanc which reflects on the personal journey the author went through after the death of her father. Poignant and subtle, Huyghebaert’s piece is a beautiful, thought-provoking reflection.
All three of these artists will speak to your soul and mind in various ways. The opportunity to see these works cannot be missed. For more information on the shows, and venue, click here.
Photos courtesy of Fonderie Darling.