MAJ Fortier: L’art de la satire (The Art of Satire)

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Thebest known works of Knowl­ton sculp­tor and painter, Marc An­dré Jac­ques ( MAJ) Fortier are prob­a­bly the four bronze statues of leg­endary Mon­treal Cana­di­ens hockey play­ers on dis­play out­side the Bell Cen­tre in Mon­treal. Those gi­ant fig­ures by no means rep­re­sent the en­tire oeu­vre of the artist. Through­out the sum­mer, he will be show­ing his work at the Yvonne L. Bom­bardier Cul­tural Cen­tre.

For 25 years, MAJ Fortier has been paint­ing and sculpt­ing a fan­ci­ful, col­or­ful uni­verse peo­pled with per­son­al­i­ties whose faces are both hu­man and ro­botic and whim­si­cal, inan­i­mate ob­jects that look as if they could move at any minute! When you stop for a few sec­onds how­ever, and re­ally look at his fes­tive paint­ings that are set into un­du­lat­ing frames all askew, you quickly de­tect an el­e­ment of irony and some­times sar­casm. Be­hind the mas­quer­ade that would seem to spring from the imag­i­na­tion of a child, is a much deeper mes­sage.

Through his work, Fortier crit­i­cizes the val­ues of to­day’s so­ci­ety, con­demn­ing glob­al­iza­tion, over­con­sump-

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tion, su­per­fi­cial­ity and the es­tab­lished or­der. His still lifes il­lus­trate his point of view - a pile of shoes; the pur­suit of a dream that is never re­al­ized un­less one puts 50 cents into a me­chan­i­cal toy and which lasts only a cou­ple of sec­onds; a dom­i­neer­ing woman con­trol­ling a male pup­pet.

The main sub­ject of a paint­ing is of­ten de­picted as a three di­men­sional bronze fig­ure as well - an even more star­tling way for the artist to get his mes­sage across, which al­most al­ways pro­vokes a re­ac­tion in the viewer. L’art de la satire, a ver­i­ta­ble cel­e­bra­tion of sum­mer, runs from May 26-Septem­ber 3. Chil­dren will, no doubt, en­joy the whim­si­cal as­pect of MAJ Fortin’s art, but adults are sure to re­flect on its deeper mes­sage.

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