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Hugo Dufour

MA work

Why Nice Stuff Doesn't Matter

In many contemporary art pieces, we understand subversion – one overused word in art lingo if there is one, can there even be subversion of society in an environment as separated from it as the gallery space? – but cannot experience it. Readymade sculptures or photographic pictures for example are both things that are intrinsically uncanny (a quality that allows the easy subversion of what they represent), but function on a completely different level when exhibited: they become art, and not much more. What we are doing by transforming the uncanny into an experience is limiting it to a mere aesthetic choice. In fact, as soon as art becomes a sought after experience where you can chose what you want to see like you can chose which kind of movie you prefer, everything becomes an aesthetic choice however considered and deeply researched it may be. 

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2016

  • Hugo Dufour is an artist from Montreal, Canada, whose practice revolves around the alluring superficial qualities of art and the study of the hidden depth found in un-functionality. His work takes the shape of installations that act as theatre stages where art objects act more like characters that perform and interact with the viewers.

  • Degrees

  • BA Photography, Concordia University, Cananda, 2014; BA Graphic Design, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 2011
  • Experience

  • Assistant to: Rut Blees Luxembourg, London, 2016; Assistant to: Richmond Lam, Montreal, 2014; Assistant to: Mimmo Jodice, Montreal, Naples, 2013; Assistant to: McCord Museum, Montreal, 2013; Diverse lectures, tutorials and classes given in various colleges and university in Montreal and London
  • Exhibitions

  • The Hidden Penis Behind the Curtain, Morgan Furniture, London, 2016; We Look Better Together, Hockney Gallery, London, 2016; Sensing Ground, Horse Hospital, London, 2015; The Ketchup Klub, French Restaurant, Montreal, 2014
  • Publications

  • Why Nice Stuff Doesn't Matter, Cyberbully Press, 2016; In Case of Art, Oophagy, 2016; Why Nice Stuff Doesn't Matter, Laugh Magazine, Issue 02, 2016; A Kaleidoscope of Tears, Cyberbully Press, 2015; Expecting Art, Justified Magazine, Issue 03, 2015; Interview, Little Burgundy Magazine, Issue 07, 2014