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Allison Moore, Arthur Desmarteaux

Le grand rassemblement

2011
Presentation of the artwork
The immersive mural is deployed on two full walls situated at the entrance to the youth section of Bibliothèque de Pointe-aux-Trembles, creating a setting that stimulates users’ imaginations.

Composed of pieces of coloured ceramic, glass tesserae, and mirror pieces, hand-cut by the artists, Le grand rassemblement portrays a lush jungle bursting with playful characters: for instance, a tree spies on a lumberjack with a gold tooth and a headdress, and a flower waves at a two-headed figure whose belly spits blood.

Between the poetic and the grotesque, the work contains details that create improbable scenes related to comic books, video games, and popular culture. The bright colours lighten the tone by creating a contrast with some of the frightening characters.

Associated events
The project was created in the context of the L’art public dans les arrondissements de Montréal initiative launched as part of implementation of the City of Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy, with the goal of encouraging greater accessibility to arts and culture.
Allison Moore
Multidisciplinary artist Allison Moore obtained a BFA (major interdisciplinary studies and video) from Concordia University in 2005. She attended a workshop on documentary film at San Francisco University in Quito, Ecuador (2005), and a workshop on Web art and digital design in Belfast (2006).
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I am an artist, and cultural operator based in Montreal. I employ various materials in my artistic production, primarily video and drawing. I use both traditional methods with advanced technologies to search out new systems of presenting my work. including interactive video projects, video games, puppet performance and drawing installations. My medium does not dictate my ideas, but rather my ideas dictate the medium. My work is socially and politically conscience. I try to include a level of absurdity, humor and surrealism - in an effort to connect the natural, truisms in life to the uncanny, supernatural and mystic. My directive is in alternative storytelling, and in cultural observation.

Originally from the Pacific Coast of Canada, I am now located in Montreal and have produced projects in Brazil, Ecuador, United Kingdom, Europe and North America. I became interested in the field of Digital Media while pursuing a BFA degree in Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Concordia. After graduating in 2005 I traveled to Ecuador, to attend "The World Summit on Evolution" in the Galapagos Islands, and work with a documentary film crew. I have since worked on various film productions, in documentary, feature and experimental formats. For the past six years, I have evolved my practice through participation in residencies, workshops, exhibitions and festivals locally and internationally.

I am an active member of Graff Printing Studios and have developed new projects in video, animation and interactive computing as an invited artist at Studio XX, Oboro New Media Labs and the Society of Arts and Technology in Montreal. My projects at Studio XX focus on using open source media tools in such as Pure Data, Arduino, and Blender 3d Game engine to create new media installations. I am co-founder of Egotrip Productions with Arthur Desmarteaux, collaborating together since 2006 to produce puppet performances, public art and exhibitions.

In the summer I instruct classes in digital cinema at the Gulf Island Film and Television School (GIFTS) in BC. I was a mentor for Visual Effects, Animation, Drama, and Advanced Director casses.
Awards and honours
  • Résidence Studio, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2009
  • Bourse voyage, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2009
  • Bourse de création recherches, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2008
  • Bourse Canadian Millenium Scholarship, 2006
  • Bourse voyage, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2005
  • Bourse Canadian Millenium Scholarship, 2005
Arthur Desmarteaux
Étienne Rochon (known as Arthur Desmarteaux) and Allison Moore founded Egotrip Productions in 2006. Rochon completed his BFA at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2003. He then studied ceramics at Concordia University in 2004–05, and water-free lithography and photolithography at Ateliers Graff in 2006. He began an MFA at Concordia University in 2015.
Awards and honours
  • Bourse de déplacement du Conseil des arts du Canada (résidence Open Studio), 2010
  • Bourse de la SODAC, 2007
  • Bourse de création recherches, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2007
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Mixed Media
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2011
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
November 17 2010
Materials
Plywood, ceramic tiles, glass tesserae, mirror, used materials (plate), grout, mortar
Support
Wood
General dimensions
286 x 756 x 2,54
Mediums
Le grand rassemblement
Borough
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Building
Bibliothèque de Pointe-aux-Trembles
Civic address
14001, rue Notre-Dame Est, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Québec H1A 1T9