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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: The Cheeky Pranks And Thought-Provoking Installations Of Quebec Collective BGL
March 15, 2014
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LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts.

Names: Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière, known collectively as BGL

Born: Lac-Megantic, Arthabaska and Quebec City in 1973, 1972 and 1972, respectively

Live and work: Quebec City and Montreal

What they do: Bilodeau, Giguère and Laverdière met when at Laval University in 1993. As BGL, they use humour to take aim at different aspects of pop and high culture, from the Group of Seven to Star Wars (Good Night Darthy features a plastic Darth Vader mask appearing to melt into the gallery floor). Their installations often include an interactive component, whether it’s making viewers climb through a constructed environment or simply feeding them hot dogs that happen to be cooked on the grills of street drains.

On humour: “This is an important player," BGL told Strombo.com, although they added in a self-deprecating aside, "also it can be used to hide the lack of content. :)” 

Coming up: BGL works on a pretty large scale, and now they’re going even bigger. One of their new projects is a large-scale public art piece for the Pan-Am Aquatics Centre in Toronto. And another is the equivalent of the Art Olympics — BGL will be representing Canada in 2015 at the next Venice Biennale, an international exhibition for which each country chooses an artist (or in BGL's case, a collective) to represent it. (For the first post in the LOOK AT THIS series, we profiled Canada's 2013 Venice Biennale representative, Shary Boyle.)

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