Taking an animist approach to the material world, Belleau's work borrows from the tropes of theatre and cinematography, using such diverse media as sculpture, installation, painting, and video. The mechanisms that define theatre and politics are often catalysts in the work, with a particular interest in the dramaturgic negotiations that occur between the visible realm of the spectacle and the hidden partitions of the backstage. Historical texts, places, screenplays, and events often function as starting points from which the projects further explore the philosophical implications of narration, translation, montage and time.
Simon Belleau’s studio was sponsored by the generous support of the Audain Foundation in 2019-2020.
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.
[TBT], solo show, AXENÉO7, Gatineau, QC
COMÉDIE, solo show, Cassandra Cassandra gallery, Toronto, ON
La Machine Qui Enseignait Des Airs Aux Oiseaux, group show, Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal
Champs Élysées, Solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry gallery, Montréal
May West, Group show at Vicki, Newburgh NY, USA
Chicago Invitational Art Fair, Presented by NADA,
Laboratorio Aperto, group show, Asilo Sant’Elia, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como Lake (IT)
Bronze près d’or entendit les fersabots, cliquetacier, Raising Cattle, Montreal
SOIF, Optica centre d’art contemporain, Montreal