- CUAG Downtown
Steve Giasson as Others / Steve Giasson comme les autres
February 1 - April 3, 2022
"Steve Giasson as Marina Abramović with Golden Mask (2009)," 2021, digital photograph by Martin Vinette, retouched by Daniel Roy, collection of the artist.
Steve Giasson’s conceptual work builds on pre-existing artworks, appropriating them in order to undermine his position as “author.”
Steve Giasson’s conceptual work builds on pre-existing artworks, appropriating them in acts of homage, exploring collective valences in image making, expanding the layering of references in art history, and situating himself in relation to other artists and pop cultural figures.
Returning to the tradition of tableaux vivant, Giasson restages self-portraits made by artists who have presented themselves costumed, masked or made up and adopted postures that variously index their place in their work, in the art world, in discourses of representation and relationality, and in wider society.
In so doing, Giasson appraises some of the myths that shape the figure of the artist, whether chimerical, clownish, glorious, heroic, monstrous, political or sanctified, for example.
For his exhibition at CUAG, the Montreal-based artist revisits the work of artists such as Suzy Lake, Richard Prince, Luigi Ontani, Cindy Sherman, Haim Steinbach, Douglas Gordon and Andy Warhol.
Using disguises and accessories, Giasson cites these artists and their works, complicating notions of singular authorship, highlighting and adding to conversations and references already at play, and exploring the relationships between acts of performance and their documentation, in the past and present.
Each work is informed and marked by the specificity of Giasson’s identity and lived experience and the circumstances of its making.
Artists in the exhibition