Project 365 – Day 61: Art Souterrain

March 1 2012

With Montreal being hit with another major snowstorm, I decided to check out part of the 4th Edition Art Souterrain exhibition currently on display throughout the Underground City (RÉSO). Running from Feb 25 to March 11, the event features 140 visual art projects by Québec and Canadian artists that cover a 7km circuit comprising 14 exhibition zones and 5 metro stations.

It also gave me the opportunity to continue my quest to photograph the entire RÉSO network that spans 32km beneath the streets of downtown Montreal. The section I wanted to cover today was under the CDP building (The Centre CDP Capital) next to the Palais des Congress. This is one of my favorite sections of the RÉSO, being modern and light in design – as shown in the photo of the day.

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

There is an interesting art piece on display at this section by Émilie Fortier called 1000 m, a photomontage, using images captured with Google Maps. Two geographical elements are used: an above-ground swimming pool in Quebec and the shantytowns of Kenya. The images were taken from a bird’s eye view at 1000 meters.

Émilie Fortier - 1000 m exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Émilie Fortier - 1000 m exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Émilie Fortier - 1000 m exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Émilie Fortier - 1000 m exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

The following image is a view looking further down the tunnel

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

There are a couple of art exhibits in this section of tunnel. The first by photographer Catherine Bodmer is 4 images of an ice skater on a frozen lake, entitled “La bande de Moebius”.

Catherine Bodmer - La bande de Moebius exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Catherine Bodmer - La bande de Moebius exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Next to Catherine’s exhibit is Décharge (Dump) by Noémie da Silva. The large image is a montage made up of photographs that had not been claimed after the disappearance of their owners and found their way to the second-hand market.

Noémie da Silva - Décharge (Dump) exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Noémie da Silva - Décharge (Dump) exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Melanie Désourdy’s work entitled Vietnam etc is a photomontage showing the relationship or opposition of blank spaces and inhabited places built by humans, as well as vegetation in its raw state.

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Melanie Désourdy - Vietnam etc exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Melanie Désourdy - Vietnam etc exhibit in Art Souterrain 2012

Still within the Centre CDP Capital section there is this piece by Myriam Dion called Arborescences journalières, a lace structure made from newspaper.

Myriam Dion - Arborescences journalières exhibit at Art Sousterrain 2012

Myriam Dion - Arborescences journalières exhibit at Art Sousterrain 2012

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

Montreal RÉSO - Centre CDP Capital section

In the elevated area of Place de la Cité Internationale (opposite Square Victoria) there are 3 art installations. At the far end is a work by artist and sculpting instructor Hélène Rochette called Les Terriers – autres territoires. The 5 bright colored pieces play recorded sounds of Montreal’s urban environment and its atmospheric din.

Hélène Rochete - Les Terriers – autres territoires exhibit at Art Souterrain 2012

Hélène Rochete - Les Terriers – autres territoires exhibit at Art Souterrain 2012

In the center of the walkway is a wood and plastic sheet structure by Katherine-Josée Gervais and Michel Moussette called En terrain nuageux. Fans blow air into the structure moving plastic bags that represent clouds in an exhibit that draws attention to the artificial, imitation and reproduction in architectural spaces that attempt to incorporate natural elements.

 Katherine-Josée Gervais et Michel Moussette - En terrain nuageux exibit at Art Sousterrain 2012

Katherine-Josée Gervais and Michel Moussette - En terrain nuageux exibit at Art Sousterrain 2012

The exhibit near the staircase is entitled MUTT on a leash by Eduardo Aquino and Karen Shanski with Adam Robinson.

Eduardo Aquino et Karen Shanski, avec Adam Robinson - MUTT on a leash exhibit at Art Souterrain 2012

Eduardo Aquino and Karen Shanski with Adam Robinson - MUTT on a leash exhibit at Art Souterrain 2012

Entrance to the Place de la Cité Internationale

Entrance to the Place de la Cité Internationale

There is an exit to the  CDP building and is worth going in to look at the great design and atrium. I asked the concierge if it was okay to take tome pictures – and to my surprise he said it was okay as long as I didn’t use my tripod…so here are a few shots of the inside.

Inside the CDP building

Inside the CDP building

Inside the CDP building

Inside the CDP building

CDP building Elevators

CDP building Elevators

With 140 artists, there is a lot of art to view and glad the exhibition runs for another 2 weeks, so I may have time to visit a few more zones.

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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