Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Michel Hellman on Roberto Dutesco


Le Devoir might have come out of their shell. They have allowed the plebes, like me, to read an Art Review, without having to subscribe. Yipee!

Michel Hellman wrote 768 words on Friday about this year's open air exhibition on McGill College Street, downtown. Y'all remember two years ago when Earth From Above was showing here. Well, it appears that BloWup gallery organized something similar. Just not on an international scale.

Is one of the photos in the exhibit, it is selling for $2,500. Ooooh! Pretty Horses! You can also get a copy for $280. According to Mr. Dutesco, the horses represent liberty and communal living.

M. Hellman is kind. He gives a nice, small bio of Mr. Dutesco, who makes his money as a fashion photographer.

Is one of the pictures in his portfolio. Ooooh! Pretty tie, love those eyes! I think it has already been sold. The pictures that M. Hellman likes the best are those of the Dalai Lama

Mais ce sont surtout les photos du dalaï-lama et de son entourage qui occupent une grande place dans l'exposition. Ce sont les seuls personnages de toute la série. Le dalaï-lama est un important symbole pour l'artiste puisqu'il représente « la paix incarnée ». Sur ces photographies sont inscrits des messages, des citations ou des proverbes inspirants provenant de sources aussi variées que Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Kennedy ou Jimi Hendrix... Ces oeuvres cherchent donc à faire passer un message d'harmonie, de bonheur, puisque, selon le photographe, la paix dans le monde ne pourra arriver que lorsqu'on aura atteint la paix intérieure.

Ooooh! Pretty robes, love the hand gesture! Notice any similarities between the tie and the Dalai Lama?

In M. Hellman's interview with Mr. Dutesco he writes:

En rassemblant des images « faisant appel à l'imaginaire et à la pensée », il veut que le spectateur s'arrête, contemple et réfléchisse. Ce sont avant tout des oeuvres qui poussent à la méditation.

Or for the blokes reading this "He assembled the images by making a call to the imagination and thought, he wanted the viewer to stop, contemplate and reflect. These are the works that foster meditation." Apologies for the horrific translation, but it is better than using a computer.

Ummm, not to belabor the obvious, but couldn't he have done the same thing, better by handing out joints at the corner of McGill College and De Maisonneuve?

M. Hellman goes on to explain how the photographs are group thematically, but not in a precise order. Or in more colloquial speech, "we threw them up there, and then tried to figure out how to explain it so it didn't make us look stupid."

The only real fault that I can find with the review is that M. Hellman swallows hook, line and sinker that "Reporters Communication" says that they don't receive any sponsorship or grants, ie money from corporations or government. If that is the case, then why one their website do they prominently list the following partners?

Cascades, Epson Canada, Kodak Canada, La Presse, Ministère des Affaires municipales et de la Métropole, Ministère du Tourisme du Québec, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch, Nikon Canada, Office du tourisme de Québec, Tourisme Montréal, Tourisme Québec, Trevor Cadbury, Ville de Montréal and the Ville de Québec?

Apologies for being so all over the place, but it strikes me that this exhibit is just another boodoggle designed to separate folk from their money by using fancy-ass words that don't mean diddly-squat.

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