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Centerfold Series 14

With the donations counted and the votes tallied, Centerfold 14 is complete.

Congratulations to each of the exhibiting artists, and thank you to all who participated in supporting Montreal’s local art scene.


Results:


Koku Awuye
17.36% — 63 Votes — $146.65


Gab Bois
17.08% — 62 Votes — $144.33


Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev
13.77% — 50 Votes — $116.39


Remaining Artists
51.79% — 188 Votes — $437.63


Total
100% — 363 Votes — $845.00


We are accepting submissions for our upcoming online gallery. If you would like to submit, you can do so here.




Instagram is an online pictorial medium that functions insofar as it’s users share and interact with user-generated images. In this way, technology has democratized image-making; putting power in everyone’s hands to stylize an image and project oneself to a given audience. It may be argued that the application serves as a modern-day, self-curated gallery. With over 400 million people opening the application every day, Instagram is an important force on our contemporary visual culture that begs to be investigated.

Rather than being swept away by an endless stream of artistic content, we sought to pause, and pull a handful of images out of its consumable, digital format. Centerfold 14 manifests Instagram content as fine art displayed in a traditional setting, and the ten featured artists not only exude beauty in their works, but also act as a representation of the more popular work within our millenial culture.

This exhibit touches on many themes and raises several questions. Firstly, it happens that the most popular content on Instagram aligns decisively with primary genres of Western contemporary art: food-porn as still-life; urban vistas as landscape; glamourized selfies or model-shots as aristocratic portrait. This exhibition sought out works that allow the viewer to reflect upon these parallels. Next, the Centerfold voting mechanism is a deeper, more complex, version of Instagram’s ‘like’ functionality. Questions arise when those comfortable with an unlimited ability to show appreciation of little consequence are confronted with a tangible effect on Artists’ earnings. Lastly, we must ask ourselves if the exhibited artworks purvey beauty-as-art, reinforce traditional capitalist structures by evoking feelings of economic and social envy in the viewer, or both. Instagram is a tool whose monetization necessitates consumer ads, sensationalism, and consumerist culture- does fine art do the same?
Steel City
Emile Seguin
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Galaxy SOHO
Celia Spenard-Ko
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
5pm at the Museum
Ali Inay
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Untitled
Pascal Assaleh
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Connection I
Jade Wulfraat
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Miranda
Sayeh Gold
Film Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Dahlia in New York
Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Alaska in Montreal
Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Ella in Montreal
Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Untitled
Gab Bois
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Boost
Gab Bois
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Fade Into You
Gab Bois
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Ben, After Sound Class
Schaël Marcéus
Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Emblematic
Koku Awuye
Film Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Ghetto Rich
Koku Awuye
Film Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
Purple Rain
Koku Awuye
Film Print
16" x 16"
$300 — Buy
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Steel City
Emile Seguin


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Galaxy SOHO
Celia Spenard-Ko


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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5pm at the Museum
Ali Inay


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Untitled
Pascal Assaleh


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Connection I
Jade Wulfraat


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Miranda
Sayeh Gold


Film Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Dahlia in New York
Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Alaska in Montreal
Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Untitled
Gab Bois


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Boost
Gab Bois


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Fade Into You
Gab Bois


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

Back
Ben, After Sound Class
Schaël Marcéus


Digital Print
16" x 16"
$300

Back
Emblematic
Koku Awuye


Film Print
16" x 16"
$300

Back
Ghetto Rich
Koku Awuye


Film Print
16" x 16"
$300

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Purple Rain
Koku Awuye


Film Print
16" x 16"
$300