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A Statement, from the Artist:
There’s this barber (Arthur Villeneuve) from my hometown that
became famous as a naive painter because he compulsively painted
ordinary scenes of every day life on the walls of his barber shop, then
his whole house, to the chagrin of his un-cooperating wife, who could
not stand her beautiful walls stained with this nonsense.
I suffer from the same ailment. As far as I can remember I
have had this compulsive desire to draw these useless, aimless and
meaningless forms that constitute the essence of my understanding of
the world, namely that you can reclaim from life more than life is
willing to yield.
In High school my
teachers were asking what my drawings were about . Thirty years
later, studying at Emily Carr Institute, I was still being asked: What
are these things? What do they represent? Where do they fit in the
contemporary practice of visual arts?
Samuel Butler wrote:
"For learned Nonsense has a deeper sound
Than easy sense, and
goes more profound”.
I too hope to bring out the mischievous elements hiden within our personalities.
I aim to trigger the viewer's senses into playful meditation, hopefully
challenging the established hierarchical systems that limit our
appreciation of the world.
I propose these plausible “little lies”, keeping in
mind this definition I read somewhere, that lies are “dreams caught in
the act”. I’ll keep dreaming, wishing to catch you!
As for the barber, they sawed up his house and rebuilt it in a museum. I guess he got to them, in the end.