François Lemieux

Artist in residency

From September 12 until October 21 2011
Presentation,  Book Launch and Diner October 19 2011 at 7 PM at DAÏMÕN’s Studio

Recently, we had the pleasure of spending a few days in the fine city of Ottawa and we took advantage of a few hours of free time to visit the country’s capital. We took the liberty of admiring the masterpieces and works of art in the collection of the National Gallery. We were greatly impressed by the variety and quality of the work, but extremely disappointed in the security guards . . .—Montreal engineers elect Rémi Montpetit to represent them in an open letter published in Le Devoir on 29 October 1970.  (sic)

During his residency at Daïmon, François Lemieux will work on two current projects: the creation and publication of a bi-annual journal called Le Merle, whose first issue will appear this fall, and a film/video project entitled Bilingual Guards & Cafeteria Staff. 4-3760, a conceptual mapping of Parliament Hill made out of information available in the archives of the National Gallery of Canada.

The Montreal artist François Lemieux and the Toronto author Malcolm Sutton have undertaken a joint project in the form of correspondence on the theme A Thousand and One Xanadus. The material gathered is being used to write a prose poem accompanied by notes, images and gestures which mark their shared interest in education, the end of history and the acceleration of mutations in our economic and political environment. The volume will be published in 2013. Lemieux and Sutton invite you to attend a presentation of excerpts from the work on 19 October 2011 at Daïmon.

This public presentation will be followed by the launch of Le Merle, a work journal whose editorial activity is based in Montreal. Twice a year, Le Merle will put together string of eight texts, both new and previously published, which it will transmit to those on friendly footing with the spirit of the journal.

The practice of François Lemieux (1979) has evolved around art, design, and architecture. His work articulates and comments on the economy, on the interplay of connections between the material object, the conditions of production, the context of its display, and that of its reception. He lives and works in Montreal.