Manuel Mathieu to Launch Abyss at Galerie Monnin in HaitiThursday, November 8th, 2012 Categories: Book launch, Updates
There is nothing to understand. And so, in order to escape from boredom, I look for inspiration through each of my works.Within this solitary space, I am searching for myself, but thus far have only found mirage after mirage. I am presenting these mirages to you as my work.
- Manuel Mathieu 2012
Galerie Monnin is pleased to present to Haiti the launch of Manuel Mathieu’s publication “Abyss”. Abyss is the first monograph devoted to Mathieu’s work; it compiles new essays by art historian Barbara Prézeau-Stephenson and art critic René Viau. The gallery invites the public on the 17th & 18th of November 2012 from 11am to 6pm, to discover Mathieu’s latest collection, meet him in person, buy the monograph which will be on sale for US$20 or 1,000gdes. Galerie Monnin, is located at 19 rue Lamarre, Pétionville, Haiti and for that night only there will be a special signing of the monograph by the artist himself. For more information please contact
Manuel Mathieu's work has been shown in various group shows and events in Quebec, in Haïti, in the United States as well as Europe. The artist is currently working on a series of exhibitions in France in 2013. Abyss is the first publication about the work of artist Manuel Mathieu. Richely illustrated, it compiles in 64 pages the last four years of Mathieu's pictorial work. Abyss is edited by the MAI, which is a pluridisciplinary, intercultural, contemporary art center, where the intertwining of cultures expresses itself through a mix of style and aesthetics, reflecting the reality of the Montreal, Quebecois and Canadian arts scene. The only organisation in the Montreal and Canadian arts scene dedicated to intercultural artistic practices, the MAI's mission is to promote the creation and publicity of intercultural arts to a diverse public.
Manuel Mathieu decided to focus on painting, after experimenting video, photography and drawing. Mathieu's large scale works combine various concepts and codes of painting, all the while staying true to its expressive and spontaneous nature. His work subtley questions various aesthetic traditions. Rather than reproducing these aesthetic motions, Manuel Mathieu proposes their collaboration : entering thus into play with the colors of the 1980's Bad Painting movement, the abstract and floating spaces from Color Fields and a theatrical use of portraiture that recalls the sensibilities of Francis Bacon and Chaïm Soutine.