Emotions and Visual Arts

Art as a fictional presence has always encouraged the expression of artistic emotions. Whether it is through theatre, fiction writing, music, painting, sculpture, photography, film or video, human beings as readers, spectators or viewers are inclined to be moved. And while an emotional experience is always encouraged in many artistic categories, this was not always…

Sculpture in the Digital Age

For many, the word “digital” is not always conceptually clear. Used both as an adjective and a noun, its definition is, at times, vague. There is no question, however, that over the course of the past few decades, the digital world has taken over our daily lives. Our various digital devices—cell phones and computers, all…

Motionless Bodies in a World on the Go

The theme Faire Statue (Statue Play) is the special topic for this collection of essays that inaugurates the 30th anniversary of ESPACE art actuel magazine. Co-directed by Mélanie Boucher, a member of the editorial committee, this issue is concerned mainly with performance acts in which artists identify body and soul with certain aspects of statuary.…

Face Politics

Our relationship to the face, this frontal part of the head that is linked to what is most intimate in the human being, often serves to inspire various interventions of an aesthetic or political order. Does the face, which for a long time was considered “the symbol not only of the spirit, but also of…

Fetishes: When The Object Becomes Thing

In recent years, many visual art exhibitions have given a prominent place to objects.1 Not those that—due to their status or showcasing—are recognized in the art world and already have an inherent aesthetic value, but rather the everyday objects that we either accumulate around us or destroy when they are no longer useful. Hardly intended…

Art, Memory and Truth

The theme of this issue of ESPACE art actuel is “Monuments/Counter-Monuments.” The monument is not a new concept; the notion emerged with the awareness of history.1 With its roots in the Latin monumentum, which signifies “that which serves as a reminder,” the monument is an object of commemoration. Its presence draws our attention to what…

Migrations, Borders and… Creation

At the mention of human migration, we think immediately of people across the globe who are obliged to leave their native countries in search of safer territory. The reasons for these forced migrations may be political, economic, ethnic, religious, or even, as is more and more often the case, climatic. While most of these migrations have been occurring…

Ecology: Between Ethics and Aesthetics

At the start of this 21st century, the issues that ecology raises unfold on a true battleground. The supposition that made André Malraux herald this century as irreligious seems hardly credible when the decisions to be made for humanity’s greater good focus on our duty to future generations. In Quebec and in Canada, just as everywhere else in…

The Diorama: Fascinating, Provocative and Educational

With issue 109, ESPACE, the new generation, completes its first lap around the track. While the first two issues focused on Re-Thinking Sculpture?, this third issue features the diorama, as put forward in contemporary art. Although the diorama initially had a purely dramatic purpose, since it created an optical illusion, over the years, it became…

Renewing Sculpture’s Possibilities

This second part of the Re-Thinking Sculpture special feature continues the reflection we began in issue 107 on current developments in sculpture, particularly among young artists. In the springsummer 2014 publication, we examined various aspects related to sculpture and its appearance in what has come to be known, after Rosalind Krauss, as its “expanded field.”…

New Espace, New Perspectives

With issue 107, Espace begins a new cycle. While staying true to its former objective as a contemporary art magazine focussed on sculpture, Espace now turns to the future. Thus, as noted by Serge Fisette, the magazine’s editor from June 1987 to December 2013, the adventure—or odyssey, to borrow the title of the exhibition that…

The Adventure Continues…

Art magazines have failed to survive the departure of their founding editor in the past. It’s a situation made sadder, one might even say regrettable, when a cultural periodical can only exist here through state subsidy—what we familiarly call “taxpayers’ money”—and that each one of them is certainly indebted to this support given it year…