September 6 - October 4, 2014
Galerie Trois Points is very pleased to feature first time guest artist Vicky Sabourin with Warmblood, her first gallery solo exhibition presented from September 6th to October 4th. Transforming our second exhibition space into a real diorama, the young artist’s tableau vivant explores the very intimate relationship between man and horse.
In her most recent installation and performance works, Vicky Sabourin has been investigating tensions between the wild and the civilized. In Warmblood, she chooses to focus on the highly symbolic motif of the horse, at once noble, fierce, devoted and emblematic of the power dynamic man maintains with the world.
Both symbolic and conceptual, Vicky Sabourin’s tableau vivant explores the fantasized world of childhood and the one, controlled, of adulthood. The figure of the cowboy is deeply imprinted in our collective imagination, from images of war to film culture; it perfectly crystallizes fantasies and anxieties we sometime carry until maturity. In articulating this fantasy world through installation and performance art, Sabourin establishes a narrative focused on the link between the rider and his horse, trying to understand how the man can end up sacrificing his animal to save his own life – the ultimate sacrifice for the horseman.
While with its title, Warmblood refers to the eponymous horse breed; the exhibition pinpoints the very western obsession of the wilderness and its captivating and seducing power. Using elements from tale and psychoanalysis, this new body of work by Sabourin viscerally explore the inner animalism and the idea of control.
The artist will be performing in the gallery on Saturday September 6th, 13th and 27th, as well as on Saturday October 4th.
Vicky Sabourin is a Montreal based artist. She completed her MFA at Concordia University and received her BFA from Université Laval and l’École Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Marseille. She recently featured her work at Maison des arts de Laval (2014), Circa (2013), and Musée régional de Rimouski (2012). She has also taken part in performance festivals in North America including the Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda, the Festival de theatre de rue de Lachine and the Contaminate 3 Live Art Festival in Boston. Her work has also been exhibited in galleries and artist-run centres in Canada, the United States, France, Italy and Portugal.