Active for more than thirty years, Montréal artist Nelson Henricks has taken a double approach to his work. On the one hand, he has created immersive artworks in which the rhythmic pace of the editing of sound and images creates a unique musical dynamic. On the other hand, he has developed a fascinating approach to the exploration of different subjects taken from the history of art and culture, including, most recently, the work of the American abstract painter Joan Mitchell (1925–92).

In this exhibition, Henricks presents two previously unseen works, produced specially for the occasion and premièring at the MAC.

Don’t You Like the Green of A?

The first installation, Don’t You Like the Green of A?, is a surrealist interpretation of the correspondences between letters of the alphabet and colours specific to Mitchell’s synaesthesia – a condition in which certain stimuli provoke an additional perception and that Henricks happens to share with her. 

Heads Will Roll

The second work, Heads Will Roll, is a four-channel video installation that shows a series of actions executed by musicians and dancers, exploring the revolutionary potential of pop songs and experimental music.

Born in Bow Island, Alberta, 1963, Nelson Henricks has lived and worked in Montréal since 1991. Known mainly for his video works, he has developed a multidisciplinary approach (painting, sculpture, writing) to better explore how audiovisual data from different sources overlap with and influence each other. He has taught art history and video production at Concordia University. His work has been presented constantly in Canada and abroad since the early 1990s. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the National Gallery of Canada, and many corporate and private collections. He is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, in Toronto.