Cassandra Cassandra, Toronto, CA
June 21 - July 26, 2020

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Simon Belleau
La Comédie, 2020
Single-channel animation, 3', sound & colour

Simon Belleau
Prop 2, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
96  x 72 inches (243.8 x 182.8 cm)

Simon Belleau
Last day on the set of X-Men (2017), 2020
Acrylic transfer on canvas
10½  x 8 inches (243.8 x 182.8 cm)

Simon Belleau
Prop 1, 2020
Wood, acrylic
55 x 112 inches (139.7 x 284.4 cm)

In a scene taken from a famous animation studio, a child is caught pretending to be of ill health. Strangely placed between a real condition and a magic trick, this manipulation cries wolf. The scenario repeats itself in a loop…

Jouer la comédie in French means to play-act. Here a successful trick goes hand in hand with the falsity of things. Props accomplish their fictional functions despite themselves.

Revisiting the end of an era, Simon Belleau’s installation draws upon the material, technical and aesthetic codes of film sets, with a particular interest in the dramaturgic negotiations that occur at the limits of  the visible realm of the spectacle and the hidden partitions of the backstage.

COMÉDIE oscillates between the suspension of disbelief and the complicity of knowing.

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With exhibition support from Trinity Square Video.