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Art show by Françoise Belu and Suzanne Blouin
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Suzanne Blouin - La petite Suzanne en automne (détail), mixed media, 26 X 40 cm Arts Sutton is happy to announce that it will be presenting Les Unes et les autres, an exhibit of art works by Françoise Belu and Suzanne Blouin, from March 6 to April 11. This image is courtesy of Suzanne Blouin (Suzanne Blouin, La petite Suzanne en automne (détail), mixed media, 26 X 40 cm)

Les Unes et les autres is produced through a collaboration between two Montréal artists who share a vision of contemporary art, bound to their profound explorations of the pain of childhood.


“Les unes” shows us the same photograph of Suzanne as a child, repeated many times over on a table of four reversible panels strewn with three-dimensional objects, such as bridal veils and seashells. We see her abandoned against the backgrounds of an American desert, the edge of the Saint Lawrence River, lost in the fields, the snow and elsewhere . . .

Art show by Françoise Belu and Suzanne Blouin
Entitled Les unes et les autres
at Arts Sutton Gallery

From March 6 to April 11, 2010
Show opening: Saturday, March 6 at 2 :00 pm
Guided tour by the artists: Saturday, March 20 at 2 :00pm


“Les autres” presents us with a set of twenty-odd black boxes that display photographs of close friends and family of Françoise as children. The backgrounds to the pictures were created using a variety of techniques and are paired with symbolic found objects, as well as scenes in which there is always the silhouette of an anonymous child.

Suzanne Blouin holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her work is included in various public collections such as those of the Musée du Québec and the Museum of Fine Arts in Montréal. Since she discovered collage in 1997, she has been using it as an integral part of her works, including those we will be seeing at La Galerie Arts Sutton. Each work begins with an image of herself, triggered by her earliest childhood memories. Little Suzanne, in these autobiographical fictions, reinvents herself through survival strategies of wild gestures, repeated almost ad infinitum—each set in the fullness of nature and the seasons.

Francoise Belu holds a certificate of Aesthetics and the History of Modern Art from the University of Paris 1. She has participated in numerous shows and performances in Québec and France. She is inspired by ancient myths, in particular that of Oedipus, and the revelations of the unconscious as explored by Freud and the psychoanalytic tradition. Her works depict the unsayable words, drawn from a consciousness that seeks a wordless expression of self. To this day, she still cannot use images drawn from her own childhood because the pain is too intense. Instead Francoise describes the childhood “des autres.”

The public is invited to open to the subtle awareness of these two artists as shown in their works on display at Arts Sutton.

The Gallery is located at 7 rue Academy in Sutton. It is open Thursdays to Sunday, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Une exposition de Françoise Belu et Suzanne Blouin
intitulée Les unes et les autres à la Galerie Arts Sutton

Du 6 mars au 11 avril 2010
Vernissage: samedi 6 mars à 14h
Visite commentée avec les artistes: samedi 20 mars à 14h



Françoise Belu, La boîte de Jésus B (détail, mixed media, 25 X 36 X 12 cm)La Galerie Arts Sutton est heureuse de présenter, du 6 mars au 11 avril prochain, l'exposition Les unes et les autres de Françoise Belu et Suzanne Blouin.

L'installation Les unes et les autres est le fruit d'une collaboration entre deux artistes montréalaises qui ont une conception identique de l'art actuel et une thématique semblable, celle des blessures de l'enfance.


« Les unes » ou la même photographie de Suzanne enfant, qu’on trouve répétée plusieurs fois et intégrée à un tableau, à une table, errant sur 4 paravents réversibles agrémentés de différents objets tridimensionnels - voile de mariée, coquillages… On la voit abandonnée dans le désert américain, au bord du Saint-Laurent, dans les champs, dans la neige, ailleurs...


« Les autres » ou une vingtaine de « boîtes noires » qui mettent en scène les proches de Françoise, sur des photos qui les représentent enfants, dans un décor en techniques mixtes accompagné de quelques objets trouvés symboliques, ainsi que des tableaux dans lesquels figure toujours une silhouette enfantine anonyme.


Suzanne Blouin détient une maîtrise en Arts plastiques de l'UQAM. Ses œuvres font partie de collections publiques notamment celle du Musée du Québec et du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Elle découvre le collage en 1997, qu'elle utilisera dans de nombreuses œuvres, jusqu'à l'exposition actuelle Les unes et les autres. Elle travaille à partir de sa propre image qu'elle décline presque à l'infini et qui représente son tout premier souvenir d'enfance. La petite Suzanne, dans cette fiction autobiographique, s’invente des stratégies de survie par la répétition du même geste d’abandon, dans des mises en scène où la nature et les saisons sont aussi mises en valeur.

Françoise Belu est titulaire d’un certificat d’Esthétique et d’Histoire de l’art moderne de l'Université Paris I. Elle possède à son actif de nombreuses expositions et performances au Québec et en France. Sa démarche s'articule autour de différents mythes, et en particulier autour du complexe d’Oedipe, du refoulé de l'inconscient révélé par Freud et la psychanalyse. Ses œuvres mettent en images cette parole qui refuse de se dire, où la conscience cherche à s'exprimer par delà les mots. Incapable, tant la blessure est encore douloureuse, d’utiliser des images de sa propre enfance, Françoise met en scène l’enfance des autres.

Le public est invité à se laisser toucher par la sensibilité révélée par ces deux artistes lors de leur exposition à la Galerie Arts Sutton.

La Galerie est située au 7 rue Academy à Sutton. Elle est ouverte du jeudi au dimanche, de 11h00 à 17h00.

Source : Galerie Arts Sutton
Pour information : Christine Joly, adjointe aux communications
(450) 538-2563 info @artssutton.com www.artssutton.com

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