Two of my favourite Montreal artists come as a pair, Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau, better known as design duo Seripop. They’ve created gig posters for just about everyone from Slayer to the Rapture, won a Juno (the Canadian equivalent of Grammy) for their artwork for MSTRKRFT’s album The Looks and contributed a t-shirt design to TopShop. Their work is both psychedelic and raw but somehow manages to reference so many art history movements and subcultures it hurts your head to think about.
Two years ago they branched out into installations, taking their existing print work and turning it 3D. Their upcoming show No Henge at The Emporium Gallery opens next week, July 2, and is their first solo show in Montreal and the first time they’ve exhibited on Canadian soil for two years. It’s based around the idea of “disposable landscapes” and in that vein the show will only be up for a week.
When I spoke to Chloe about the show she told me that Montreal was a big inspiration. “It seems as though everything in this city is built with the idea that it’s going to become obsolete. Build it up. Let it rot. Tear it down. So we got this idea of abstracted cityscapes and of getting rid of it all in the end.”
Above left is a taste of what the show will look like. They never do the same thing twice. Above right is a Lightning Bolt poster from 2003, it’s been hanging on my wall for nearly as long.