Art Talks MTL Monthly conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, collectors, critics and curators based in Montreal, Canada.

April 25, 2014  

Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau are the prolific paper artists behind Seripop. Their creative collaboration  started in Montreal over a decade ago. They toured North America and Europe as part of the avant-grade noise-rock formation AIDS Wolf for a while, and at the same time become pretty renown poster designers and printers. Gradually, Seripop has settled itself into the visual arts world with various kinds of outlandish paper installations, showing work across Canada and overseas, even making the cut for the 2011 Québec Triennial.

Some of the stuff Chloe and Yannick talk about during this episode: their efforts to explore the plasticity of paper and make work that hits you in the gut (or your  "lizard brain" as Chloe calls it); how they set up Rube Goldberg-like devices during their installs to give their paper sculptures maximum agency; their relationship to their gallerist; why they left freelance printmaking to go back to art school; and the Looming exhibition they showed last summer at Toronto's YYZ.

Art Talks Mtl is produced, hosted and edited by Yaniya Lee.

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Falling suite from Delia Derbyshire's 'The Dreams' (1964). 

Ch-Ch-Chatter track from AIDS Wolf's album 'Cities of Glass' (2008). 

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Learn more about Seripop's work on their website,

April 24, 2014  

At the curious intersection between art, research, electronics, archiving, sociology and sustainability, the Artifact Institute investigates different issues and perspectives relating to electronics and group formations. It does so by fostering spaces in which people can reflect on their relationship to their artifacts, and gain a better understanding our societies’ rapidly changing processes of valuation. read more go to our web site:

December 19, 2012  
Long time collector Robert Poulin regularly exhibits work he owns at Espace Robert Poulin, in suite # 411 of the Belgo building. In 1995 he founded La Peau de l’Ours a group of art collectors dedicated mainly to buying large scale paintings by lesser known artists. Based on a similar venture in Paris at the turn of the century, which focused on modernist works and was eventually resold, this collection is destined to become a private foundation. His passionate search for undiscovered, authentic work has led Robert towards art brut and the low bow. In this episode, he shares his views on the nature of collecting, and the hardships of any genuine artistic vocation.

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