Claudie Gagnon

Les Hôtes, 2007, reconstituted in 2009

Claudie Gagnon
Les Hôtes
Dimensions and medium
Glass, mirror, cotton tablecloth, table and lighting system, 211 × 500 × 97.5 cm
Purchase, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program
Artwork description
Created in 2007 for a retrospective of Claudie Gagnon’s work presented at Expression, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe, and by the Musée d’art de Joliette, Les Hôtes is an installation in the form of a large, sumptuous banquet table set with antique glassware. At one end of the table, a large wall mirror produces an infinite reflection of each scintillating piece, from precious crystal bowls and goblets to everyday dinnerware found in flea markets, junk shops and antique stores. The mirror also captures the viewer’s image and casts them as a participant in this opulent scene. While Les Hôtes evokes the various socio-economic circles, eras and customs around the act of dining, it also provides a critique of the opulence and luxury that characterize contemporary consumer society.

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