Espace plausible ; Plausible Space
September 9 - November 10, 2017 | Reception: Friday, November 10, 5-7pm
Mathieu Léger, Methodologies for Tourists, action/performance, 2015
Artist Mathieu Léger engages with the visual conventions of land surveillance and cartography as a means to examine geography, boundary, identity, and isolation and belonging. Espace plausible ; Plausible Space features a series of photographs documenting wry and absurdist performances by Léger, where for instance, the artist is seen attempting to move boulders using his own body as leverage. The futility of Léger’s labour inject these images with humour, which are accompanied by the more overtly serious wall installation created with maps. Purchased by the artist from a private collection while in residence in Geneva, Switzerland, the maps are pinned to a gallery wall to create peaks and valleys, remarking on the representation of space (cartography) and the space of representation (the gallery).
Mathieu Léger is an interdisciplinary Moncton-based artist. He has participated in almost 50 artist residencies throughout his career, and holds a BA from the Université de Moncton. His work engages with notions of wilderness, geological time, and process as it relates to the natural world. He is currently developing a 5 year performance project that investigates the physicality of spatial awareness and cartographic conventions. Léger has exhibited across Canada and Europe with recent exhibitions at Conf. Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, CA), Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton, CA), Centre 3 (Hamilton, CA).