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Serge Tousignant

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Video clips © CCCA & Linda Corbett_Eyeris Inc. 2006
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Evolution(french)

Serge Tousignant discusses how his work has evolved through several different mediums and techniques. His early 2D work in painting and drawing lead to folded prints and sculpture by the late 1960s. This cycle peaked in a series of large installations that depended on viewer participation. By the 1970s he had begun working with photography. Since then, to his surprise, he has "remained faithful" for 35 years to a medium, which he believes is the best for playing with optical illusion.

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Lune (french)

For the last three years Serge has worked on a multi-faceted installation project titled, "Suite Lunatique". Each unique work in the suite reflects earlier ideas and techniques while pushing them to a new level. In this clip, Tousignant explains his working process for the piece, "ADN de là Lune".

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Lune 2 (french)

In the piece, "Les Phases de la Lune" Tousignant plays with variations on a theme. Photographs of the moon printed with a dot patterned, halftone screen have each been placed in a coloured shopping bag, then re-photographed. This playful piece invites the viewer to choose a moon to suit their mood.

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History(english)

Serge Tousigant talks about his early studies at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. After four years working in a variety of areas including drawing, photography, design and typography, he was invited to join the printmaking studio where his career as an artist "really got started". He continued painting during this time which lead to a Canadian Painting Scholarship at The Slade School of Fine Arts at the University of London, England.

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Printmaking (english)
After completing four years of art school, Serge joined a small group at L’École des Beaux-Arts printmaking studio. Influenced by other established artists who were there, like Albert Dumouchel and Gilles Boisvert, Tousignant made the transition from student to "young artist trying to do his thing" in an atmosphere of freedom and commitment.

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