In Vexations, Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum consider the space and surfaces of the gallery as a receptacle for a visual response – a vessel that will be both present and formless in the support of a resulting “sentence” that will be uttered. Through the manipulation of coloured paper against other materials, Desranleau and Lum’s sculptures react to both planes and void, to create tension between volume and flatness, mass and fragility, material stress and failure, and inertia.
As Seripop, Desranleau and Lum create immersive installations and freestanding works that articulate themselves with the physical space they inhabit. In these works they associate a number of objects through various strategies and mise-en-scènes, privileging a sustained state of instability portrayed through entropic systems. These systems, revealed through active decay, accumulation, ephemerality or other stresses, give agency to the objects and their architectural frame; as they react in function of the performing nature of the settling matter, their interaction with these elements thus becomes a collaborative one.
Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum live and work in Montréal. In their installations, sculptures, prints and other interventions, they explore how material entropy affects the readings of a given work, through the implementation of strategies displaying diverse forms of mechanical contingency. They have exhibited in Canada and abroad, notably at YYZ artists’ outlet (Toronto, 2013), The Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto, 2012), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (Québec Triennial 2011), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria, 2010), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, England, 2009), and Whitechapel Project Space (London, England, 2007). Their collaborative work has been acquired by many private and public collections, notably the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Access Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council, British Columbia Arts Council, the Government of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, our members and donors. The Artists also acknowledge the support of the CALQ (Quebec Art Council).