Claude Hamelin: Gesamtkunstwerk
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ACTTALIfE/ EXPOSITIONSClaude Hamelin : GesamtkunstwerkClaude Hamelin, galerie Grise,Canal Complex, Montréal,March 1 to March 31,1989 —©S£Claude Hamelin, Untitled (detail of the installation), 1989. Photo : Paul Litherland1 îven the illustrious paternity of converging ■ I architectural and sculptural referencesI ._. (thinking here of Synthetic Cubism's incorporation of found elements, Constructiv-S ism's "built" objets d'art stressing the utili-^„^ zation of industrial material, and so-called post-modern architects' penchant for metaphoric expression) it is not surprizing to witness the omnipresence of architectonic allusion in many current exhibition projects. One need not be particularly venturesome to cite a myriad of examples. The Musée d'art contemporain hosted a tribute to Gordon Matta-Clark's excavations; the Marsil Museum gave Murray MacDonald mini-retrospective immortality by featuring selections from the artist's "imaginate architecture", Marie-Chrystine Landry exhibited her colourful, fantastic and stilted high-water shanties and refuges at Graff; Carmelo Amoldin presented maquettes for his Churches of the Millenium at Oboro; and Claude Hamelin introduced himself to the Montreal art milieu with an expansive and impressive installation at the Canal Complex. Except for Hamelin, all of these architect-artists appear to have embraced, at least in some measure, the recently popular notion of a deconstructed signifier. The socio-cultural ideal inherent to much of the aforementioned sculpto-architectural paternalism,especially that of the Construed vists qua Productivists, appears to have been discarded — process, concept or fantasy subverted any essence of humanism. Only Hamelin's work rests on a foundation of socially relevant narration. Herein lies both its strength and potential weakness.Hamelin is a sociologically conscious narrator sensitized by environmental and conservation issues. He has constructed a steel and concrete replica of one of Montreal's...
|Auteur :||Annie Paquette|
|Titre :||Claude Hamelin: Gesamtkunstwerk|
|Revue :||ETC, Numéro 9, automne 1989, p. 78|
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