Etienne Tremblay-Tardif
Signage Matrix for the Refection of the Turcot Interchange
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

Signage Matrix for the Refection of the Turcot Interchange is a continuing investigation of the fate of a monumental highway interchange located in the southwest of Montréal. Completed and opened to automobile traffic on the eve of Expo 67, the now crumbling interchange has become a testament to the failures of late-modernist utopianism. Slated for a drastic overhaul, it could well serve as the backdrop in a Hollywood post-apocalyptic, sci-fi disaster film.

The work comprises approximately three hundred prints, often using both sides of the paper, referencing road signage, architectural drawings and plans, activist posters and pamphlets. Suspended on steel wires crisscrossing the Musée rotunda, they evoke the interchange’s dizzying near-sublimity more than they relay the specifics surrounding the Turcot. Tremblay-Tardif’s installation connects politics and design to the history of urban planning and current concepts of sustainable development. As the artist has stated, this body of work “articulates itself as a critique of the utterly banal proposals stemming from the MTQ (Ministère des Transports du Québec). … My work argues for a layered and complex approach to the interchange refection; basing itself in its historical, political and formal decisions while questioning the function of infrastructures in shaping, structuring and infra-structuring public space.”
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Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Signage Matrix for Turcot Interchange Refection, 2009-2020, installation: prints (digital prints on fabric and open print portfolio), projections and sculptural elements, dimensions variable (courtesy of the artist; thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec)
Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Signage Matrix for Turcot Interchange Refection, 2009-2020, installation: prints (digital prints on fabric and open print portfolio), projections and sculptural elements, dimensions variable (courtesy of the artist; thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec)
Biography

Born in Isle-aux-Coudres in 1984, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif is based in Montréal. He completed a BA in Film Studies and Art History at the Université de Montréal (2006), as well as a BFA (2009) and MFA (2013) in Studio Art at Concordia University. His university studies were bracketed by two important student movements (the 2005 and 2012 strikes). Over the last few years, he has become involved in the artist-run-centre network, notably through the renewal of Arprim, centre d’essai en art imprimé, in Montréal. His interests include complexity and density in urban social space, multiples and artist’s books, cinéma direct, the history of architecture, critical theory and visual culture. He recently presented the projects Société-écran, Occurrence, Montréal (2014), Fonction publique, AXENÉO7, Hull, QC (2013), Bookworms, Arprim, Montréal (2012) and Hôpital-Maxime-le-Jaune, International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Baie-Saint-Paul (2012).

www.etiennetremblaytardif.com

Events
11.12.2014 Visit
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

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Panel - Edgar Arceneaux, Isabelle Hayeur, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Althea Thauberger

BNLMTL 2014: “L’avenir (looking forward)”
22/10/14 – 04/01/15

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Interview - BNLMTL 2014 at the MACM