At super speeds, F1 tires touch, scrape and bounced off the asphalt of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Now these marks have been transformed into works of art by artist Martin Désilets. Symbols of speed, macho-ism and super engineering, these traces and bits of rubber could seem banal. But under Doutil’s photographic gaze, they are lyrically beautiful. Désilets takes pictures of the marks and, through the magic of Photoshop, creates beautiful abstract works. The marks racing horizontally across the pictures make you ‘feel’ the race; the velocity, the careening cars. Aptly called ‘Les Élégies’, the exhibit is an ode to danger, and yet a celebration of life.
Opening night: June 11 6 pm
Ex Centris, 3536 St. Laurent. 514-847-2206
On until June 29, 2010
WHEN IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Café Méliès – part of Ex Centris. 514-847-9218
Buona Notte – 514-848-0644 right next door.
Globe – 514-284-3823 Across the street.