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Yannick Desranleau, MFA

Artist in Residence, Studio Arts


Photo by Edwin Isford
Website(s): Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau
Availability: On appointment only.

Yannick Desranleau is a multidisciplinary visual artist who works collaboratively with Chloë Lum. Their work focuses on the lifespan of material; how material stresses cause fading, scuffing, peeling, crumpling or crushing, and, how these reactions can be said to animate the materials. The duo is equally interested in collaboration, with each other, other artists, and their materials, as both subject matter and research interest. These interests in collaboration and materiality inform their practice in installation, sculpture, photography, dance, print and video wherein objects perform via their decay; to be re-used and re-deployed wearing the traces of past use.

Desranleau has participated with Chloë Lum in many group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, and in Europe, including the Center for Books and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago (2015); the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011); the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2010); the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2009); and at Whitechapel Project Space, London (2007). Their recent solo exhibitions include Khiele Gallery, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota (2016); the University of Texas, Austin (2015); the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown (2014); YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto (2013); and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto (2012). Their performances have been presented at the Darling Foundry (2015), and as part of the OFFTA festival (2016). Lum and Desranleau are also known on the international music scene as co-founders of the avant-rock group AIDS Wolf, for whom they also produced award-winning concert posters under the name Séripop. 

In 2016, Desranleau was awarded the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, and in 2015, the duo was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award.


              (Attendee) Concordia University, 1999-2001
MFA        Concordia University, 2013-2016

Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau – Is It The Sun Or The Asphalt All I See Is Bright Black, 2016-2017. Two channels 4k digital video, sound; installation.
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