Les manèges-transferts


Jean-François Fillion


May 12 to June 16, 2001


Les manèges-transferts

An imaginary fair where the installations resemble rides and games. But appearances are deceiving: optical illusions and false fronts lure the spectator and reveal strange and wondrous scenes. This exhibition tests the limits of perception and reality; seeing is not believing.

“Whatever may have gone wrong scientifically, Les Manèges-Transferts, Jean-François Fillion’s spectacular installation at the Elgin Street gallery, is remarkably successful artistically.

This is art of the highest order, confounding, elaborate, technically magnificent, somewhat creepy and totally off-the-wall. Among recent, very good GNO exhibitions, this is the best.

[…] Fillion has managed to appropriate or imitate objects from the horror-science fiction genre and give them an extraordinary rebirth as object d’art.

[…] Fillion’s ambition and his skewed imagination are true marvels. These are extraordinarily challenging and hilariously irreverent works that fuse the freakish in modern science with freakish in pop culture.

Highly original, fascinating and unsettling art is the result.”

Excerpt from article GNO exhibit bizarre, repulsive and wonderful by Rob O’Flanagan, Sudbury Star, Saturday, June 9, 2001

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