User Agreement, from March 16 to April 15, 2017. Opening: Thursday, March 16, 5 p.m. @ Galerie Graff, BELGO, 372 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest – Espace 216, Montréal.

User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal. Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay

User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal. Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay

User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal.

User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal.

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User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal. Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay

Community Guidelines, 2016, Acrylic on canvas,183 x 183cm.

Community Guidelines, 2016, Acrylic on canvas,183 x 183cm.

With User Agreement, Véronique Savard continues her research on the paradigmatic structures generated by the technicization of languages in the digital age. Her paintings, through textual appropriation and détournement, aim to archive, reformulate and rebroadcast online cultural representations by shedding light on our relationship with others, the world, within a complex media environment. The works’ expressions and patterns highlight the issues inherent to the terms and conditions of online search engines like Google, and various social media such as Facebook or LinkedIn. By replaying textual contents for functionality criteria, community guidelines, and privacy policies, these spark debate over the question of data mining – the automated bulk collecting and analysis of data about the consumption habits and behaviors of users –, as part of advertising and political strategies.

Although for many years now Savard’s work has revolved around an attempt to exhaust digital textualities through painting, with User Agreement the artists renews her visual code, evacuating discursive structures by using colorful plane-spaces and abstract motifs, allusions to symbols used in online conversations (emoticons or emojis) and symmetrical shapes, Savard reveals how our collective imagination was impacted by Big Data.

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User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal. Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay

Privacy and Terms, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 122x122cm.

Privacy & Terms, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122cm.

User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal.

User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal.

Data Policy, 2016, Acrylique on canvas, 183 x 183 cm.

Data Policy, 2016, Acrylique on canvas, 183 x 183 cm.

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User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal.

Technologies and Principles, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 153 cm.

Technologies and Principles, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 153 cm.

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User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal.

User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal. Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay

User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal. Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay

Safety, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 153 cm.

Safety, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 153 cm.

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User Agreement (exhibition view), 2017, Galerie Graff, Montréal. Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay

Ad Choices, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 122x122cm.

Ad Choices, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122cm.

* I would like to sincerely thank Rose-Mai Roy, spouce of the late Jocelyn Jean, for her generosity in this project.

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@ Feature: Contemporary Art Fair, October 22-25, 2015, represented by Galerie Graff (BOOTH #103), Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera CenterToronto, Canada

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Solo Show: Share, 21/5/15 -20/6/15 at Galerie Graff, Montréal

From May 21 to June 20, 2015, Galerie Graff is proud to present Share, an exhibition of Véronique Savard’s most recent paintings. The opening will be held in the presence of the artist on Thursday, May, at 5 p.m“.

SHARE (exhibition view), 2015, Galerie Graff, Montréal

SHARE (exhibition view), 2015, Galerie Graff, Montréal

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Like, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 153 cm

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SHARE (exhibition view), 2015, Galerie Graff, Montréal

Through this new production, Véronique Savard reflects on social media’s specific language. After having re-contextualized in her painting emails from spams, texts found on online dating sites and links to pornographic websites, she now focuses on the ubiquitous “interactive” words of the digital culture. By displacing unto the canvas these commonplace online expressions (LikeShareComment), she highlights the gradual loss of their collective meaning (affection, communication, the exchange of ideas), thereby pointing out the limitations of our online interactions with others, as well as the normalizing effect social media has on our own identity. In this new series, Savard’s imposing and densely-colored hard-edge paintings undergo a further breaking down of their composition that go beyond the horizontal and vertical rastering effects of previous works. Indeed by at once multiplying and amplifying the obstruction of text by the pictorial structures or vice-versa, Véronique Savard paints a thoroughly insightful portrait of the precarious supremacy of digital culture.

SHARE (exhibition view), 2015, Galerie Graff, Montréal

SHARE (exhibition view), 2015, Galerie Graff, Montréal

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Share, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 153 cm.

LUNCHTIME TOUR: 16/12/14, 12:15 at the Musée d’art contemporain of Montréal

I will do a reading of the 2014 Montréal Biennal: L’avenir (looking forward)This event will take place at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on december 16 from 12:15 to 1:10 PM. Hope to see you there!

Admission is free with a BNLMTL 2014 Passport or MACarte. Otherwise, the general admission fee applies.

Solo Show: Click Here to Enter (Second part of the exhibition) 6/4/14 -15/6/14, National Exhibition Centre, Saguenay (Can)

A second part to the exhibition Click Here to Enter which was presented at the Graff Gallery from 22 May to 22 June 2013 in Montreal, is presented at the National Exhibition Centre, 4160 rue du Vieux Pont (Jonquiere), Saguenay (QC), Canada, from April 6 to June 15, 2014. 

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER (Second part of the exhibition), 2014, National Exhibition Centre, Saguenay, Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (Second part of the exhibition), 2014, National Exhibition Centre, Saguenay, Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (Second part of the exhibition), 2014, National Exhibition Centre, Saguenay, Canada

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Miracle or Science, 2013, Acrylique sur toile, 183 x 183 cm.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (Second part of the exhibition), 2014, National Exhibition Centre, Saguenay, Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (Second part of the exhibition), 2014, National Exhibition Centre, Saguenay, Canada

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UPDATE REQUIRED, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 153 cm. (Desjardins Collection)

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Solo Show: Click Here to Enter (first part of the exhibition), 22/5/13 -22/6/13 at Galerie Graff, Montréal

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal (QC) Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (first part of the exhibition), 2013, Graff Gallery, Montreal, Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal (QC) Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal, Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (vue de l’exposition), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal (QC) Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Graff Gallery, Montreal, Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal (QC) Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal, Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (first part of the exhibition), 2013, Graff Gallery, Montreal, Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Graff Gallery, Montreal, Canada

Through this exhibition comprising her recent paintings, Véronique Savard, by giving form to messages found in unsolicited emails (spam), proposes a reflection on the social concerns behind various online propositions. Waiting for you, Certified by Doctors, The scientific Breakthrough is here, Miracle or science, You need to Know This, etc. are good examples of the both fantastical and delusory nature of these emails, collected by the artist since 2009 so that she might then translate them into paintings. Véronique Savard, through this revisiting of the pictorial codes used for the online marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, questions the paradoxical structures of adequacy and offensiveness underlying the issue of individual ideality. While proposing to extend to these texts of undesirable characters with a duration which was not plan for them, these sharply contrasted paintings  juxtaposed a rhythm of brightly colored lines with a signage generally associated with Internet communications. Considering that marketing strategies often mirror their contemporary social imperatives, these paintings act as conduits for a singular form of information.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal (QC) Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal, Canada

Waiting for you (MACM Collection), 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 183 cm.

Waiting for you, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 183 cm (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal Collection).

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Galerie Graff, Montreal (QC) Canada

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (exhibition view), 2013, Graff Gallery, Montreal, Canada

Click Here to Enter, 2012 Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm.

Click Here to Enter, 2012 Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm.

Further reading:  Peinture partout, an article by Jérôme Delgado for Le Devoir, June 15, 2013

The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph published by Graff Editions under the direction of Madeleine Forcier; Monique Régimbald-Zeiber signs the text “ By Way of a Foreword” and Jean-Émile Verdier the main text “A Different Modernity“ 

It is thanks to the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art that this exhibition, as well as its accompanying publication, were made possible. The artist wants to thank the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and the Faculty of Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal for their support in this project.

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The artist invited by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal to present her work in its 2012 SéminArts program. (24/10/12)

Catalogue SéminArts: "Rencontre avec l’artiste Véronique Savard et visite de son atelier" : Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Catalogue SéminArts: “Rencontre avec l’artiste Véronique Savard et visite de son atelier” : Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

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Solo Show: Priorie Online, 3/02/2009- 8/03/2009, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal (QC) Canada

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PRIORIE ONLINE (exhibition view), 2009, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Canada

PRIORIE ONLINE (exhibition view), 2009, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Canada

PRIORIE ONLINE (exhibition view), 2009, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Canada

12 SCREEN INVITATIONS, 2008 (exhibition view PRIORIE ONLINE, 2009) Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal (QC) Canada

12 SCREEN INVITATIONS, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 366 x 488 cm. Maison de la culture Frontenac (2009), Montreal, Canada

In developing a set of exchange between abstract painting, eroticism and current communication technologies, Véronique Savard proposes with Priorie online to question, by the displacement of writing (SMS, texto, acronyms), the mechanisms of contemporary individualizations inserted into daily life. The writing she refers to in her large format paintings seeks to reflect a still more marked exposure of the private sphere and even more its democratization in the sphere of the public. She uses the impersonal aspect of conversations via the Internet as well as the abrupt exchange of sexual solitudes that are played out and introduced through the subsequent tensions that occur by moving the text to the painting. Repetition, reduction of plastic language, referring to Cybersex as pictorial pattern and pixellation are the source of what the artist calls her screen paintings.

PRIORIE ONLINE (exhibition view), 2009, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Canada

PRIORIE ONLINE (exhibition view), 2009, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Canada

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12 SCREEN INVITATIONS, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 366 x 488 cm. Maison de la culture Frontenac (2009), Montreal, Canada

 

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