Guillaume Simoneau/ Guillaume Simoneau

Canada 1978

Photography

www.simoneauguillaume.com

Guillaume Simoneau
Guillaume Simoneau
Male
Canada
1978

Guillaume Simoneau is a Canadian-born and Montreal-based artist who commenced his independent studies of photographs after receiving a diploma in applied science. Nowadays, his photographic practice is evenly split between editorial assignments and personal projects. Simoneau’s work centers mostly on transitional spaces within universal themes, although he does have a sizable amount of portraiture pieces in his portfolio as well. This artist also creates a number of minimalistic compositions on regular basis – these usually feature small, detailed items on an unidentifiable surface.

Mayflies on location ELA Canada, 2015, found in a 2013 book
Guillaume Simoneau – Mayflies on location ELA Canada, 2015

The Main Goal of Guillaume Simoneau

By the artist’s own claim, the main thing his work needs to tell the viewer is that everything is going to be okay. Oftentimes, this context is subtly underlining the entire photo – however, some series and projects are clearly aiming to achieve this goal as directly as possible. The latter characteristic is definitely applicable to the Love and War series. This project was a true milestone of his career as it established the photographer as a unique and talented author. In 2000, this author met an American girl called Caroline Annandale at a Maine Media Workshop. The two fell in love, but this newly founded relationship took a strange twist when Caroline enlisted in the US Army following the aftermath of the notorious 9/11. Left behind, the author nursed feelings of heartbreak, abandonment and deep anxiety about the safety of his lover. However, their relationship survived the unusual long-distance situation thanks to emails, letters, text messages and photos. These Love and War photos, very interesting due to the lovers’ narrative, take the viewer on a journey into a passionate, turbulent relationship that ultimately sends the message that everything will be okay.

Time for the new home portraits
Guillaume Simoneau – Scott rowboat one, on location ELA, Canada, 2014

Experimental Lake and Its Subtle Inscriptions

The only creative drive Simoneau believes truly matters is the intuition, raw and un-intellectualized impulse that dictates most of his artistic decisions. Following this approach, the author eventually found his way to a project called Experimental Lake, a series that is now regarded as one of his most successful projects. Investigating a troublesome topic, these pictures speak of travel, pilgrimage, epiphany and discovery with a simple, selfless stoicism. They are infused with the spirit and beauty of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), forcing the viewer to question just how much interfering with nature humankind should allow itself. We would like to note that the Experimental Lake series will be presented at the Stephen Bulger starting with the 1st of April, a show that will be the first solo exhibition of the photographer at this spot.

It’s interesting to see how the photos of Guillaume Simoneau subtly tackle their main problem – proving that everything will be just fine

Dewi Lewis Books will be publishing the new book called Life and Love in 2013
Guillaume Simoneau – Graham peeling orange two, ELA field station, Canada, 2014 / Mobile, ELA field station, Canada, 2014

If Interested in Viewing His Photography

As his work constantly continues to receive more and more attention, Guillaume had opportunities to exhibit his photographs on both the national and international stage. His art can be found in a number of permanent collections including the ones at the London V&A Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the aforementioned Museum of Contemporary Photograph in Chicago. The fact that these prestigious institutions are willing to make room in their collections in order to fit Simoneau’s pictures speaks volumes about the skill and talent of this photographer whose art definitely has a bright and interesting future, one that will surely be a joy to follow.

This artist is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery.

This photographer lives and works in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Featured image: Guillaume Simoneau – Photo of the artist – Image courtesy of the photographer
All images © the artist / Courtesy Stephen Bulger.

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017OccurrenceMexico City, Morelia, GuadalajaraGroup
2017Kids these daysKamloops Art Gallery, British ColumbiaGroup
2016Experimental LakeStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2016A Great Sum (In Parts) Osnova Gallery, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2016Kids these daysMount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, HalifaxGroup
2014Kids these daysForeman Gallery, Sherbrooke, CanadaGroup
2013Love and WarVU Photo, Quebec City, CanadaSolo
2013BackstoryMuseum of Contemporary Photography Chicago (MoCP)Solo
2013Love and WarCONTACT Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2013Youth Code!Christophe Guye Gallery, ZurichGroup
2012Repositioned PersonalDaegu Photography Biennale, KoreaGroup
2012The PresentOz Studios, TorontoGroup
2012TopographieLes Territoires Gallery, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2011Love and WarLes Territoires Gallery, Montreal, CanadaSolo
2011BaronesqueMontreal Arts CouncilGroup
2010FlashForwardToronto, Boston and UKGroup
2010SingularRed Wall Gallery, Ottawa, OntarioGroup
2010Art for AmnistieEastern Bloc Gallery, MontrealGroup
2010Art Sous-TerrainPlace des Arts, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2009Til Kingdom Comes…Armatta Gallery, Montreal, CanadaSolo
2009Art for AmnistieEastern Bloc Gallery, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2009Art Sous-TerrainSquare Victoria, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2008Til Kingdom Comes…SAS Gallery, Montreal, CanadaSolo
2007BeautificationBoa Art Center, Montreal, CanadaSolo
2007Ouvert toute la nuit-Abierto toda la nocheBelgium, Canada and MexicoGroup
2006BeautificationDes Deux Ponts Gallery, Lévis, CanadaSolo
2005Quiet Fire 2Art en Majuscule Gallery, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2004Quiet FireNest Gallery, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2004UntitledTurf Gallery, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2004CO2Art en Majuscule Gallery, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2003HopeRouje Gallery, Quebec city, CanadaSolo
2003HopeDes Deux Ponts Gallery, Lévis, CanadaSolo
2002HopeTremblay-Monet Gallery, Montreal, CanadaSolo