PATRICK MIKHAIL IN MONTREAL PRESENTS “HUMAN AFTER ALL” AN EXHIBITION OF NEW WORKS BY FIVE EMERGING MONTREAL ARTISTS—PART OF THE GALLERY’S ESSENTIAL PROJECTS SERIES
HUMAN AFTER ALL
ESSENTIAL PROJECTS SERIES: 008
DELPHINE KIM CARRUFEL
MAY 20 TO JUNE 3, 2017
SATURDAY, MAY 20
2 P.M. TO 5 P.M.
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY in Montréal is pleased to present HUMAN AFTER ALL,
an exhibition of new works featuring five emerging Montréal artists coming together to
investigate the physical and psychological impact of the human imprint. The exhibition
marks the latest installment in the ESSENTIAL PROJECTS SERIES, and is part of
the gallery’s commitment to providing young, emerging artists with a platform to ignite
and advance their professional practices.
The five artists in Human After All—MARIE ARCHAMBAULT, DELPHINE KIM CARRUFEL,
MY-VAM DAM, GALEN EVI, and MICHAËLLE SERGILE—have developed a site-specific
installation that investigates the evolution of the traces that each human leaves behind in
their journey. The exhibition questions the impact of the constant transformations of the
human footprint, as well as the repercussions on an individual’s memory.
Moving from sculpture to photography, from video performance to drawings to painting,
Human After All suggests a hybrid exhibition where several mediums interact. Human
portraits stuffed with prescribed medicines, decaying bodies, a tin face crushed by
human statues, a video performance giving way to the artist's imprint, portraits of
passers-by met by chance and disappearing for a moment, as well as plaster bodies
pierced with pikes. The exhibition presents a selection of works that interact with each
other and communicate on an intellectual and aesthetic level.
By staging the beauty of the human body in an environment that is both dreamlike and
macabre, Marie Archambault proposes three-dimensional works that hover between
the real and the imaginary. Delphine Kim Carrufel presents two sculptural portraits in
which she questions the value of a person’s existence, and our perception of what it
is to be human. Employing photography and video, My-Van Dam proposes two ways
to illustrate the presence of an individual—through memory and through the trace of
a human passage, marked by the imprints of the body. Galen Evi investigates ephemeral
encounters between the subject and artist—and considers not only the interaction
between two individuals, but also between long- and short-term memory. The sculptures
of Michaëlle Sergile suggest the idea of a physical degradation of an individual, while
questioning the inheritance that it potentially leaves behind.