May 9th - June 22nd 2019

Mark Clintberg

Opening Thursday May 9th from 6pm to 8pm
Open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30am to 5:30pm

963 rue Rachel Est
Montréal QC H2J 2J4




Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Mark Clintberg. This new series of textile works returns to and refigures an earlier body of work titled Hair. Hair photographically catalogues found photographs of men’s haircuts displayed in barbershop windows. The artist’s silhouette is subtly reflected by the glass in front of each found photo, and these images of haircuts are named according to resemblance to individuals known by Clintberg. These images, which were first printed on fragile newsprint (a material that fades and deteriorates easily) have been translated into woven form.

Each textile work is produced through a fabricator specializing in jacquard woven blankets featuring photos provided by consumers - blankets that are marketed as personal commemorative objects. Each textile object is hand embellished with stitching, fabric editioning labels, and hand cut sequins. In this series, the artist’s own earlier work becomes the source of sentiment and nostalgia, as do the barbershop photos themselves - images that record unnamed male models that are coincident with the first HIV/AIDS generation.


Mark Clintberg is an artist who works in the field of art history, and curates exhibitions. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He earned his Ph.D. in Art History at Concordia University in 2013, where he was also an Assistant Professor, LTA. In 2010 he conducted Ph.D. research at Oxford University, St Peter's College, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He completed his M.A. at Concordia University (2008), his B.F.A. at the Alberta College of Art & Design (2001), and was an exchange student at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1999-2000). He was Shortlisted for the 2013 Sobey Art Award for the region Prairies and the North. His doctoral dissertation was nominated for the 2013 Governor-General's Gold Medal. Public and private collections across Canada and in the United States – including the National Gallery of Canada, the Edmonton Arts Council, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts – have acquired his work. His work has recently been shown at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary), AXENÉ07 (Gatineau), and Trapdoor Artist Run Centre (Lethbridge). Other exhibitions featuring his work have taken place at Locust Projects (Miami), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Banff Centre, Centre des arts actuels Skol (Montreal), The Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), and Eastern Edge (St. John's).


- Mark Clintberg's website
- Click here to download the Mark Clintberg's recent C.V.