Wartin Astonished: the city theatre

Wartin Pantois: de la cité au théâtre

The bottom of the outdoor installation “The beauty will save the world”, on the back wall of the Lined

January 5, 2020-4: 00 am

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Wartin Astonished: the city theatre

Wartin Pantois: de la cité au théâtre

Josianne Desloges

The Sun

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Wartin Speechless puts his works in the urban space to attract the attention of passers-by on the struggles of civic and societal issues that surround them. By his hand, characters appear on the exterior walls of buildings and tents of migrants spreading confidences grow on the public squares. Mid-course of a residence at the theatre the Lined, artist, nomad talks to us about her year at home.

After The beauty will save the world, a first collaboration on the back wall of the theatre of the Saint-Roch district where a crowd with open arms to catch a man in a suit falling from the top of the building, Wartin Breathless launched, a little joke, the idea of making a residence. The proposal was accepted, and the artist must create a work in situ for each of the productions of the theatre where he is a subscriber for the past ten years.

The residence involves five cycles of creation in nine months, a series of sprints where Wartin Breathless intends to explore avenues other than the photographic collages which it often associates.

Inspired of the room Slowly, the beauty, The Repetition featured on the facade of the theater at the beginning of the fall. “Using windows, I wanted to make a transition between my work in the public space and that of my residence. You could see the work from the inside and from the outside, because the characters were translucent,” says Wartin Breathless. The full-size image of the worker embodied by Hugues Frenette was broken down, in black and white, on tracing paper. The process allowed them to explore the sense of erasing, by wrapping a certain softness, while creating a stunning effect at night.

Wartin Pantois: de la cité au théâtre

“The Rehearsal”, an installation made for “Slowly beauty”

Little by little, the artist leaves the urban space to make her mark on the interior walls of the building. For Family, who accompanied Hope Town, Wartin Breathless has used neon signs to form the portrait of a clan. The electrical wires tangled, at the bottom of the boxes, illustrated the complex relationships between the characters.

He has chosen to deal with the parts as it addresses usually the social issues. “The starting material is fictitious, but I use the same method. I’m doing a research, readings, documentaries, I searched in the news, and then I multiplied the meetings, I ask questions.” Its surveys of citizens have become philosophical surveys, where actors, directors and scenographers, immersed in full artistic work, are willing to share their thoughts and feed his own. “I am attentive to what the piece is going to make me live,” he says. I need a small flame that is emotional for me to create.”

Wartin Pantois: de la cité au théâtre

“The Family”, installation presented during “Hope Town”.

For Inconsolation, which accompanies The hands of Hedwig at the time of birth , which opens in January, it will paint in black and white, a triptych, full of sadness and renunciation. “The paint brush is a medium very interior, he notes. For me, getting to the state that it is necessary to paint, it is very long.”

The scene represented is not a part of the room. It is an extrapolation, which answers the question, “And if Hedwig was doing what is expected of it?” He thought about parental expectations and the expectations of the company, has devised a layout that is reminiscent of the paintings of Francis Bacon (triptych, and with openings towards dark areas). “It looks like the style rough of the installation that I had made in Germany, to represent workers,” illustrates the artist.

Wartin Pantois: de la cité au théâtre

A first image of Inconsolation, the triptych, which will accompany The hands of Hedwig at the time of the birth

Wartin Breathless already has ideas for the play Red, who is interested in the relationship between the painter Mark Rothko and his assistant, “on the tension between two people who want to have their singularity”. He thinks use of bâcles and ropes to create sculptures and incorporate them, maybe, a dimension audio, if the actors agree to take part in the game.

The subject of Made in the beautiful (the beautiful province), the prompt to return to the outside, to complete the immersion theatre and the rediscovery of urban space. As for his next project, the artist who cultivates the surprise drops that there will be a sequel to beauty will save The world. It will be necessary to open the eye.

Wartin Pantois: de la cité au théâtre

The outdoor installation “The beauty will save the world”, on the back wall of the Lined

Info : lined.qc.ca/residence-wartin-breathless and wartinpantois.blogspot.com

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