Micropolis 2.0: A Wonder

Micropolis 2.0 is a multimedia universe made of silkscreen cutouts and digital prints that explores urban life and the relationships between people and large cities.  This work of wonder, as Québécois artists Allison Moore and Arthur Desmarteaux call it, is on at SNAP Gallery in Edmonton through early July.

It’s an evolving installation of collaged screen and digital prints, assembled to evoke a busy commercial street with pedestrians, creatures and vehicles, inspired by the cityscapes of Québec City, Montréal and Toronto.

The diorama also includes sections of woodcuts and LCD video screens in the “building windows” showing animated loops and an accompanying soundtrack.

The artists say the project “is intended to convey a sense of wonder, awe and contemplation. Looking though the microscope, viewers are drawn in a god-like perspective, entering a strange theatrical dimension.”

Allison Moore is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Vancouver Island, now located in Montréal. She has produced projects in Ecuador, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Her website is here.

Arthur Desmarteaux obtained a BFA in media & visual arts from University of Québec in Montréal. He is an active member of Graff Studios in Montreal, ARPRIM [Association for the promotion of Printed Arts in Québec] and the Puppet Association of Québec. His website is here.

For a PDF brochure from the exhibition at Open Studio, Toronto earlier this year, click here.

Images from Looper.ca

[NOTE: A couple of days after this was posted, Allison Moore, one of the artists, left this comment and link.  I copied it up here because I didn’t want it to go unnoticed among all the other comments]

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There are 99 comments

  1. curiousmeredith

    Allison and Arthur’s work is so fun! The tongue-in-cheek vibe and intricate detail remind me of another Canadian artist, Chris Millar.

    I just saw an exhibition of his work at the Alberta Art Gallery and fell totally in love. I found all sorts of cultural commentary in his pieces from the Edmonton Oilers to oilpatch attitudes. In order to see all the intricacies, the AGA had several big magnifying glasses available for a deeper look. He might be worth looking into for a future post 🙂


    1. boomerontario

      That’s a great suggestion. I had heard of him, seen a bit of his work, and I know he’s part of the Oh Canada exhibition at MASS MoCA in the U.S. right now. But it was your comment about the cultural commentary — and the magnifying glass – – that makes me think I should take a closer look. Really appreciate that. Thanks.


  2. gurukalehuru

    This is more than just good, original art. By combining separate images and lining them up as a city street, new possibilities are realized. A “building” could be condemned and another put up in its place in no time at all, without having to worry about actual construction costs or zoning restrictions, in a continual process until the representation of a realistic city is replaced by the representation of a utopian city, an urban paradise. Sort of like Second Life or Sim City, but not on a computer.
    I’m not saying that is the artist’s intent and I admit that I’m no artist. Just raising the possibility.


    1. boomerontario

      You are so on target. Exactly. Allison Moore says she and her artist partner change the look and feel and functionality of the installation each time they do an exhibit, including this time, when they’ve actually installed a running model of the Montréal metro travelling underground – or rather under the sill (sidewalk) of the streetscape. In other words, as you say, their city changes just as a real city would change. And I agree with you that it’s way more than just good, original art. Thank you for taking the time to share those spot on observations.


    1. boomerontario

      Thank you so much. I was thinking in the midst of all this how wonderful it is that so many people are getting to know more about Canadian art, which is why I wanted to do this in the first place. But also I was thinking how much I appreciate the people like you who have been with me from the beginning and so supportive. I remember you were the very first person who left a significant comment. It was about Pierre Trudeau on the the canoe tripping post last summer. I really appreciate you guys.


  3. robintheblog

    Great arts! For one second, the “people” cutouts seem so alive with an incredible shadow-play. And the details? Amazing. Thanks for sharing this beautiful arts. Love it!


    1. boomerontario

      I find that interesting, but not overly surprising, because my own reaction was similar. I think it’s that these themes, characters and streetscapes really are universal, no matter what your taste. This is an exceedingly talented duo. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  4. thefuture2020

    Fascinating work. This truly stands out and truthfully i have never seen anything like it. I always say originality is what makes an artist be appreciated for their work and this is it. I love the way you captured the emotion and realism and expressed that through your eyes as art. I say this as a fellow artist all though i only sketch for fun and creation. Great work though -,o



  5. Mikalee Byerman

    Wow. I love artwork that allows you to go back again and again, each time seeing different things. I can imagine this work would inspire countless new discoveries with each view!



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