- CUAG Downtown
Steve Giasson as Others / Steve Giasson comme les autres
January 27 - May 16, 2021
Steve Giasson, "Steve Giasson as Andy Warhol as a Clown," 2020, digital photograph
Steve Giasson’s conceptual work builds on pre-existing artworks, appropriating them in order to undermine his position as “author.”
The exhibition Steve Giasson as Others / Steve Giasson comme les autres reflects on works by conceptual and pop artists such as Suzy Lake, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Luigi Ontani, Cindy Sherman, Haim Steinbach, Andy Warhol and William Wegman.
These artists have (re)presented themselves costumed, masked or made up, adopting postures that are both humorous and critical of their place within their work—and of society.
Gathering (self-) portraits made by these artists, Giasson reactivates them, using disguises and accessories to question and recombine their works with his own, thus blurring authorship in the creation of new photographs.
In so doing, Giasson presents some of the myths that still shape the figure of the artist (whether chimerical, clownesque, glorious, heroic, monstrous, political, sanctified, etc.) and proposes layered self-portraits that exist in relation to those of other artists.
Artists in the exhibition