Simon Belleau

Taking an animist approach to the material world, Simon Belleau makes work that combines image, sculpture, mythology, symbolism, and a very personal dramaturgy. Mushrooms, human sweat, a turtle shell, an outmoded air conditioner, bath towels, baseball gloves, wax, and rice compose the silent world of a community of things where the organic and the inorganic meet, hybridize, desire each other, and deplete.

The themes of evolution, decay, and change traverse an artistic practice that defies the laws of entropy and decomposition, while at the same time exalting a fragility and beauty touched by melancholy.

Biography

Belleau holds a BFA in Studio Arts & Art History from Concordia University, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a Prix Pierre-Ayot finalist in 2018, and he was awarded the Prix Jeune Tête d'Affiche from Centre Dazibao in 2016. From 2015 to 2017, he co-directed the alternative exhibition space jeux d'été in Chicago. He is also one of the leading members of the alternative space soon.tw in Montreal.

Recent exhibitions

2019

Champs Élysées, Parisian Laundry, Montreal
May West, group show, galerie Vicki, Newburgh, New York (US)
[...] le voile de l'illusion [...], galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal

2018

Laboratorio Aperto, group show, Asilo Sant’Elia, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como Lake (IT)
Du Côté de chez Soon, group show, Galerie René Blouin, Montreal
In practice: Another echo, group show, Sculpture Center, New York (US)
When things become thoughts: a sinkhole in my terraformed mind, group show, MAW Gallery, New York (US)

2017

Bronze près d’or entendit les fersabots, cliquetacier, Raising Cattle, Montreal
Minimal(ist) efforts, group show, Angel Gallery, Toronto, ON
Glimmergate, group show and publication, Marsèlleria Gallery, New York (US)
Indice Éternité II, group show, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Cas d’absence, group show, Regart, Lévis, QC

2016

SOIF, Optica centre d’art contemporain, Montreal
La Vie d'Ange, group show, VIE D’ANGE, Montreal
INDEX, group show, Gallery 295, Vancouver, BC