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Loriane Thibodeau

Wow, OMG! She looks sur mesure pour toi!

Solo Vitrine Exhibition

Exhibition: July 20 to August 20 2023

Finissage: August 17, 6 pm

The sculptural installation Wow, OMG! She looks sur mesure pour toi! describes the unlikely encounter between two usually static objects: the fire hydrant in front of the McClure Gallery and…another fire hydrant! Combining specific context, figuration and the participation of passers-by, the work plays with the 2D of the window, referring to our screens, while playing with 3D objects present inside and outside Galerie McClure. The installation thus questions the content of a gallery, as well as that of public objects – often considered mundane – such as the fire hydrant. Here, this object is a metaphor for the invisible network that binds people together, a functional and humble object ready to take care of others in case of emergency. The dialogue bubbles in the window help us to understand the emerging story. Curious passers-by can participate in the story in their own way, playing with the line between what is made public and what is kept private. Join the conversation !

Loriane Thibodeau is currently based on the island of Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal, where she is completing her BFA degree in Ceramics and Art Education, but she proudly grew up in a village in the Appalachian Mountains of Québec. Her solo art practice goes hand in hand with her research through participation in artist collectives (Caravane BLING BLING!, METAcéramique) as well as education and rural sociology. She is involved in various ways with her community as a consultant specialized in ceramics, sculpture, public art, and participatory projects. As an art facilitator, she has worked for 15 years with various audiences. Her work echoes the changeability of life with an emphasis on the breaking points. By merging disparate and precarious components into sculpture, different stories that are aspirational, lived and illusory can take shape. False glamour and a certain degree of rusticity combine to question notions of utility and futility as mundane objects. Twisting their passive or active functions by withholding information, these “utilitarian sculptures” become open to blurred narratives.








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