Xavier Ford-Legrand

Founder of the collective Les Mêmes-Cacaïstes and of an ephemeral artistic dissemination space called the Espace des Mêmes, he has been working in the world of contemporary art for the past ten years. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts at UQAM in 2016. Collaboration and sharing with his peers are essential to his career. His interdisciplinary practice revolves around painting, collage, video, music, writing and photography. All these mediums allow him a form of spiritual and poetic meditation that could be described as visual haiku. He seeks to set me apart from the omnipresent flow of images by presenting images that are close to dreams, daydreams, comic strips! For Xavier Ford-Legrand, a relevant image is an image to which we must return, which fascinates, which traps the eye to go further. Twice winner of a Bourse d’Excellence awarded by UQAM and winner of the jury prize (chaired by Pierre Dorion) at the Contemporary Art Fair of Saint-Lambert, I have notably exhibited my works at the Maison de Culture Maisonneuve as part of the group exhibition “Pour ici ou pour s’enrrier” in 2016, on several occasions at the Espace desêmes in 2017, at the Galerie C.O.A in 2018 and at the Maison Symphonique with the Musée Nomade Connectart in 2021.

His pictorial practice consists of a happy mixture of collage, painting, illusionism, digital arts and print arts. It is indeed the act of painting, but transposed to all the technical means available to compose new images. Through digitization, the language specific to painting finds its way to image processing software.

Various interactions of the artist, and the modified image is reprinted on a new physical medium.

We then cut out this image to resonate the plastic qualities of an old recipe book that has taken on water, found in the attic. We re-intervene in painting on all the previous manipulations.

The collage is torn to put its parts on other works in progress. Everything happens in Letter format, but is thought of in table format. When a work arises from this formal chaos, he scans it in high resolution to print it in large format on fine art paper.

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