Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau’s practice is best characterized by their large, immersive tableaux constructed of silkscreened paper and other fragile or precarious elements. They are interested in the lifespan of materials; how these become animated, and form narrative threads or relationships as they are transformed (faded, crushed, eroded) through their manipulation and exposure to external factors. In recent years, Lum and Desranleau have focused on the notion of entropy, a physical phenomenon which they see as a way for matter to engage itself as a collaborator in the production of new forms and narratives. Indeed, the perceived action from the micro- or macroscopic vagaries of matter reaching inertia allows it to fully participate in the duo’s formal process. Collaboration, whether with each other or with other people or objects, has therefore become central to Lum and Desranleau’s work. Its impact on their overall process and their engagement with materiality is expressed through a multitude of mediums (installation, sculpture, photography, performance, printmaking and video) as means to depict the temporality of objects through a comprehensive and subjective documentation of their erosion.
Lum and Desranleau’s phenomenological research interests have recently lead them to a foray into live performance, which they achieve by combining dance, performance and sculpture within their exhibitions. The duo’s shape-shifting objects and materials then become costumes, accessories or musical instruments, which are activated by the performers who manipulate and wear them. In doing so, the status of the objects change with each successive action: from sculptural art object, to performance art accessory, to the leftover trace of a performance. Through these ‘re-presentations’ (from art work to art work) and ‘re-mediations’ (between exhibition, photograph, performance and video), Lum and Desranleau’s objects are called upon to replay their performativity through the filters of their own reproduction or presentation contexts.
Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau have participated in many group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United-States, and in Europe, including the University of Texas, Austin (2015); the Center for Books and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago (2015); the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011); the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2010); the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2009); and at Whitechapel Project Space, London (2007). Their recent solo exhibitions include Khiele Gallery, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota (2016); the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown (2014); YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto (2013); and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto (2012). Their performances have been presented at the Darling Foundry (2015), and as part of the OFFTA festival (2016). Lum and Desranleau are also known on the international music scene as co-founders of the avant-rock group AIDS Wolf, for whom they also produced award-winning concert posters under the name Séripop.
In 2016, Desranleau was awarded the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, and in 2015, the duo was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award. Their work is included in many collections, namely the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the University of Maryland Art Gallery; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; and the BMO collection.
Yannick Desranleau holds an MFA in sculpture from Concordia University in Montreal, and Chloë Lum is an MFA candidate at York University, Toronto. Lum & Desranleau are represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montreal, and they currently split their time between Montreal and Toronto.