The Prix Pierre-Ayot and Prix Louis-Comtois recognize excellence in visual arts. The city presents these awards in conjunction with the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC).
This award, in the form of a $5,000 grant, is presented to a Montréal visual artist with less than 10 years of professional artistic experience.
Michelle Bui’s photographs reflect the processes of accumulation, presentation, and eventual decay that mark our relationships to objects. Her sensual works highlight the link between our identity and consumerism. At a time when our visual interactions are consumed quickly on hand-scale screens, the artist is interested in the idea of sensory overload of images that simultaneously reflect our desire for accumulation, which can never be satisfied.
Photo credit: Jill Schweber
The jury selected:
Trevor Baird sculpts vases as a form of economic and political critique. His work expresses the notions of class and cultural capital. It moves away from materialism to focus on the spirit. His clay creations feature sketches, images from comic strips and patterns, coupling traditional imagery with contemporary icons.
Photo credit: Rebecca Storm
Between the finished and the unfinished, Lucie Rocher’s photographic installations explore games of tension and formal balance. The aesthetics of the image, the choice of materials that support it and the hanging device that brings them together are constantly dependent on each other. The artist tries to define an aesthetic, philosophical and ecological system in her practice.
Photo credit: Document original
The city presents the Prix Pierre-Ayot in conjunction with the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC).
This award, in the form of a $7,500 grant, recognizes an artist who has made his or her mark on Montréal’s contemporary arts scene over the past 15 years.
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The jury selected:
Mathieu Beauséjour overthrows concepts of power, alienation, and oppression. Employing diverse techniques, his work gives both an ironic and a nostalgic feel within the political and artistic avant-garde, and evokes cultural emblems such as money, hymns and manifestos.
Photo credit: Thomas Kern
The city presents the Prix Louis-Comtois in conjunction with the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC).