Simon Belleau, a Canadian born artist, is currently working towards a Master of Fine Arts in Studio, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He earned his BFA in 2011 from Concordia University Photography and Studio Arts program in Montreal. Over the years, he exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, United States and Europe, notable exhibitions include Monochrome, Beers Contemporary, London, UK (2015) EXPO, Chicago Art Fair (2014), Surface Tension, group exhibition, Chicago (2014), 46.18, -74.86, solo exhibition, Les Territoires gallery, Montreal (2013). He is the 2014 recipient of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Scholar and Fellow Program from the School of the Art Institute, and of the Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship for a residency completed in January 2015.

Personal Statement

Disassembling the photographic act via sculptural interventions, my work questions and engages with the material and indexical properties of photography. While taking anchor in lens-based processes, I additionally investigate these fundamental dialogues through sculpture and installation.

I am fascinated with the capability of photography to function both as a tool of documentation and as a poetic construction; a dual attribute of the medium since its inception. My practice doesn't use photographic images produced in such circumstances that they mirror nature, rather they alter and evolve in parallel to what the world has to offer. The work is not a window through which the viewer can see the world, rather it a world in and of itself: a microcosmos.

Materials such as plaster, concrete or undeveloped photographic paper, can suggest an inactive presence. In my practice, each of these materials maintains its intrinsic characteristics, while developing an activated poetic potential through its relationship to other materials. This exploration can be seen in the fragile complicity that exists in divergent materials such as a mirror delicately place in balanced on a running car engine or a plaster sculpture cast from crumpled light sensitive photographic paper. When heterogeneous elements are placed together in precise relationships, the latent vitality of matter can be discovered.


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