Mike Marcon & Anne-Françoise Jacques

Arnica Artist-Run Centre is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Mike Marcon and Anne-Françoise Jacques. Marcon and Jacques are mixed media sculptors from different regions of Canada who have never exhibited together before, yet here their studio practices complement each other's remarkably well.


Inland Empires, Mike Marcon. Photo courtesy of Mike Marcon.


Inland Empires, Mike Marcon. Photo courtesy of Mike Marcon.

Hailing from Windsor, Ontario, Mike Marcon creates captivating works of found-object assemblage. Occupying the main space, his series: Inland Empires, repurposes furniture, antiques, shipping palettes, construction materials, and other detritus to construct new models of understanding. Inspired by architecture, wunderkammens (cabinets of wonder), and monuments, his constructs initially seem to serve a practical purpose. Upon closer investigation, the unusual combinations of objects indicate a more philosophical function, possibly questioning the structures by which we define history, colonialism, and masculinity.


Engins Patients, Anne-Françoise Jacques. Photo courtesy of A-F Jacques.


Engins Patients, Anne-Françoise Jacques. Photo courtesy of A-F Jacques.

Anne-Françoise Jacques is a multi-disciplinary artist from Montreal. Arnica's Vault space will host her sculptural sound installation, Engins patients. Her playful sculptural/sound installations engage both eyes and ears, creating low-fi kinetic sculptures from banal household objects. Again, devoid of any conventional function, they force the viewer to concentrate on the sounds created and physical interactions between different materials, something one takes for granted during the course of an average day.

The work of Marcon and Jacques call to mind artistic innovations such as the sculpture 'combines' of American Robert Rauschenberg, the kinetic sculptures of Jean Tinguely, and the Swiss artist duo, Fischli and Weiss, whose installations reinvented the way one looks at and uses everyday relics of consumer culture. They also reflect the current explosion of DIY (do-it-yourself) culture, where more and more people are re-purposing objects for new functions rather than tossing them away. In doing so, one positions themselves as more of a creator and less as an end user of commercial products. The artists look forward to sharing their inspiration and ideas with the public at a talk in the gallery on Saturday Sept 5th, 1 & 2 pm.

Arnica Artist-Run Centre gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance from the Province of British Columbia, City of Kamloops Arts Commission, Canada Arts Council, and Ontario Arts Council.