Jérémie St-Pierre et Matthieu Binette
Until April 14, 2024


Exposition Matthieu Binette et Jérémie St-Pierre

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke presents the works of painter Jérémie St-Pierre and sculptor Matthieu Binette at Espace Dialogue until April 14. The power of words is a source of inspiration for these Eastern Townships artists. This duo exhibition is a fine complement to St-Pierre’s Une magnifique désolation, currently on view in the Fondation J. Armand Bombardier.

Access to Espace Dialogue is free for visitors. This dual-purpose space allows the exhibition and sale of works by local artists, providing an additional showcase for local artists. A great way to learn about arts and culture.

About the artist Jérémie St-Pierre
Originally from Ste-Félicité-de-l’Islet, Jérémie St-Pierre now lives and works in Val-Joli, in the Eastern Townships. A painter, his works offer a unique universe, animated by an engaged and critical discourse on contemporary society. He holds a master’s degree in visual and media arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and currently teaches a certificate program in visual arts at the Université de Sherbrooke. His work has been presented in numerous venues in Quebec and abroad, including the Centre culturel Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Center, Caravansérail, Centre d’art Jacques et Michel Auger and Miami’s Scope Fair.

His research questions the means deployed by humans to exert power over nature and politics. As a result, he seeks new plastic formalities to embody recurring themes such as territory, exile, the environment and memory. To do so, he questions the construction of the image and the expressive properties of paint. In his paintings, he transforms photographic snapshots of key events from the socio-political sphere, the media, and personal or public archives. His intention is to create compositions in which tensions collide to provoke moments of visual disjunction. From this aesthetic particularity emerges a contrast between focal points that are both expressive and austere.

Poetry can also be a trigger, as demonstrated by the exhibition Une magnifique désolation (A Magnificent Desolation) presented in the museum.

About the artist Matthieu Binette
Matthieu Binette is a bronze sculptor with over 20 years’ artistic experience. In Québec and elsewhere, his works can be found in many public and private collections. They have also been the subject of various solo and group exhibitions. His public art pieces punctuate the Quebec landscape, and his name is now on the list of artists in the MCCQ’s policy of integrating art into architecture. Originally from Ontario, Matthieu Binette was born in Timmins in 1977. He grew up in Sherbrooke, where he still lives and works.

Fascinated by the meeting space between art and the human, Matthieu Binette’s artistic practice is underpinned by a strong conviction and commitment to the democratization and accessibilitý of art. Deployed between materialitý and sensitivitý, his aesthetic research and experimentation are intuitive, posing a gaze and interpretation on the artist’s development as well as on the creative process itself. For Matthieu Binette, the act of creation is then as much an introspective gesture as an act of transmission and sharing. Demonstrating great spontaneitý in the treatment of materials and the manipulation of forms, Matthieu Binette creates sculptures with a semi-figurative appearance, constructed by multiple additions and superimpositions of drops of molten bronze filler. Stripped of detail and inspiring suppleness and movement, his silhouettes stand in stark contrast to the rigid density of the metal. For Mattieu Binette, words and texts are also a source of inspiration and are explored by the artist both for their potential and capacity to resonate at the level of meaning, at the formal level and also at the relational level with the public and the artistic community.