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Christopher Varady-Szabo

Exposition

Christopher Varady-Szabo

BOUE BOUE

26.05 — 24.06 / 2017

Vernissage 26 May 2017 – 5 p.m.

Residency

Christopher Varady-Szabo will be artist-in-residence for the three weeks prior to the exhibition that will take place on May 26th at 5 p.m. The public will be invited to take part in the production of the work.

Project Description

“Until now, my artistic practice has mainly been composed of in situ works. My sculptures and installations are informed by architectural structures made out of natural materials such as earth, branches and straw. I borrow and adapt primary and authentic traditional construction methods. Air, water, fire, as well as living organisms (animal and vegetal) also compose the works as dynamic elements. For the most part, my sculptural works are created in the context of artist residencies and symposiums.

In my artistic process, I explore concepts of habitat, architectural systems and archetypal symbolism to create ephemeral installations both to reveal the relationship between the living and the environment, and to reactivate de “primary space” as a manner of considering life in an instinctive approach.

I attach great importance to the process and my projects have a human scale. I create spaces that call for the experimentation of singular sensations. Recently, I have added an interactive component as the public in invited to construct or interact with the completed work.

My artistic practice illuminates the numerous analogies between the territory, the architecture, citizens and their habitats. I combine these elements to explore the influence of different cultural and physical environments on our perception of the world that surrounds us.”

Performance by Alex-Ann Boucher during the opening of the exhibition on May 26th

http://www.festicourt.org/in-situ-paysagesdinterieurs/

Photographies : Tanya St-Pierre

 

Biography

Born in Sydney, Australia, Christopher Varady-Szabo has been living in Gaspé (Québec) for over thirty years. After studying architecture for a year at the University of New South Wales, he completed undergraduate studies in Visual Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 1990 and a Masters Degree in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa in 2013. His work has been presented in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Switzerland, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland and Taiwan. He has been awarded several grants by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). He has been involved with the artist run centre Vaste et Vague in the Gaspé since its opening and  presently serves on the Board of Directors.

http://www.christophervarady-szabo.com/