For their new exhibition occupying the main gallery and bunker, collective BGL presents an ensemble of intuitive experiments. The tentacular and protean installation draws on all available means: found and sculpted objects, tree branches and painted bamboo, felt pen drawings, photocopies on the fly and other surprises. Drawing inspiration from empiricism as much as the inexhaustible sources of the Internet, it happily cultivates doubts as well as counterfeit gold nuggets, testing rich mines and pseudo-miracles. The result: Ma société des tests, a three-headed society where harmony is jauntily entrusted to the virtues of improvisation, an anthropomorphized collective of common aspirations.
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BGL was created while the three members—Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière—were students at l’Université Laval. For almost two decades now, the collective has presented major installations and performances and participated in innumerable group and solo exhibitions. BGL has been invited to show their work by a variety of institutions, including the first edition of the Bienal del fin del mundo (Ushuaia, Argentina), the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée d’art moderne Lille Métropole (France), Mercer Union (Toronto), Hart House (Toronto), The Havana Biennale (Cuba) and La biennale de Montréal. The artists have produced major public artworks including La velocité des lieux (Montreal) in 2015 and the 2013 installation Fancy Canada / Canada de fantaisie,commissioned for the group exhibition Oh Canada! at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA). In 2012, the members of BGL took part in the Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence Program at York University (Toronto). The collective has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts and The Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec on numerous occasions and has twice been a finalist for the Sobey Art Award. Their work is found in the collections of The Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and The National Gallery of Canada. BGL was chosen to represent Canada at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The collective will exhibit at the Kunsthalle Arbon (Arbon, Switzerland) in August 2017 and at the Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) in October 2017.