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Reno Salvail

September 11 to October 11, 2015
Wednesday to Sunday, 12-5 pm
550, côte d'Abraham, Québec
Friday September 11, 6:30 pm

About the Artist

About the Exhibition


Born in Plessisville in 1947, Reno Salvail lives and works in Québec City. His work has been exhibited in Québec, across Canada, in the United States, and in Europe. He has received many grants and prizes from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the French Ministry of Culture. His practice is that of an artist-adventurer who considers the planet earth to be a site of creation, a source of inspiration, and the raw material of his art.

Souffle d'air et tremblement d'étoiles

Oscillating on a pivotal point between upheaval and calm, structure and disorder, the photographs of Reno Salvail evoke the telluric forces to which nature and the human body are subjected. From a trail of stars to the agitation of the blood, the phenomena grow nearer and blend together in a universe where all energies are connected. The treatment of images reverses the notion of scale, which alternates between reaching the boundaries of the cosmos and plunging into the atoms of the mind. Playing on both reality and fiction, the artist transcends the photographed sites and proposes a quest for meaning bordering on mythology. These incessant movements lead to a confusion of time and space, making us wonder if a breath of air could have provoked the trembling of the stars, or the other way around.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of Méduse. The cooperative's ten organizations present a joint program of activities under the theme of the butterfly effect to evoke the immense reach of artistic creation. In this context, two Quebec City artist photographers who also are important members of VU and of the Méduse community were invited to exhibit. The distinct photographic universes of Ève Cadieux and Reno Salvail show a world in eternal change, where new futures emerge at every moment.

Reno Salvail wishes to thank VU, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec.

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