PULPE FICTION | SYLVAIN RIVARD
Juy 14 to September 3, 2016
The Guild is proud to present PULPE FICTION, the latest exhibition by artist SYLVAIN RIVARD, in the context of the MONTREAL FIRST PEOPLES FESTIVAL and in collaboration with LAND InSIGHTS. The artworks by this multidisciplinary French Canadian and Abenaki artist depict a world nearer to First Nations’ identity than to that of the Québécois. The main part of his work draws a portrait of contemporary ethnographic art which lies beyond cultural hybridity. Through a dozen creations, Pulpe fiction proposes a reinterpretation of the Abenaki nation’s mythical and legendary culture.
The artist’s works participate in the modernizing of techniques and gestures used in the fashioning of baskets; for example, in addition to the traditionally used ash splints in basket-making, he also uses different types of papers. These are handmade or recycled and come from as far as Nepal or Cuba. In keeping with his line of thought, this new exhibition is a continuation of his minute research on various fibres and pulps, as well as on tangible and intangible cultures.
Sylvain Rivard was educated in plastic arts at the Cégep du Vieux Montréal. With that diploma in his pocket, he also completed a certificate in multidisciplinary studies, and a micro program in children’s literature. He specializes in arts and cultures of the First Nations. As an interdisciplinary artist, Sylvain Rivard uses his knowledge and know-how of traditional craft techniques which he reinterprets and modernizes through his artwork and creative workshops. All of this is done in order to raise public awareness on the importance of transmitting and preserving such artisanal techniques. He employs these techniques, incorporating materials into contemporary creations which are current and relevant in both the subject represented and its form. Prolific, he has worked on many projects. In addition to his artistic productions, he is also an art consultant for museums and academic institutions, as well as publishing houses and television and film productions. He lives and works in La Prairie.
“I try, using ancient techniques, such as those originally used in basketry, to create a contemporary ethnological art form closer to Aboriginal identity, one which goes beyond cultural hybridity. I have a question for you! Why leave artifacts in the hands of scientists and art in those of First Nations artists when a syncretism is possible?”
- Sylvain Rivard
Image: Sylvain Rivard, H. L. Masta, 2016, weaving and collage of hand made and recycled papers, 20 x 16 ¼ in.