There is a socio-economic and political undertone not immediately evident in this image. A soccer ball made in China floats over a section of typical North-American wall-to-wall carpet. Taken in North Carolina, the image questions the idea of motifs in design, how they may be useful on the level of leisure and at the same time travel out of context and subliminally reveal a contradiction. The ball, although made in China, has a motif developed by Western branding culture.
Born in 1975, Pascal Grandmaison lives and works in Montreal. He is primarily known for his portraits. In his work he explores the links between an economy of the image—its materials, formal and technical conventions—and the socio-economic structures that govern our everyday world. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Carleton University Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Galerie Georges Verney-Carron (Lyon), Jessica Bradley Art + Projects (Toronto), Galerie René Blouin (Montreal), the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), and Galerie BF 15 (Lyon). He has also participated in several group exhibitions, among others, at the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris), Existentie (Ghent), the Centre d’art contemporain (Meymac), the Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Casino Luxembourg–Forum d’art contemporain, Jack Shainman Gallery (New York City), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Quebec City), the International Contemporary Art Biennial 2005 (Prague), and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto).
Since 2000, his video works have been presented in several festivals and biennial across the world. His works are part of several public and private collections, among which the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, Cirque du Soleil and the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto.
Represented by Galerie René Blouin, Montréal,
Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto
and Galerie Jack Shainman, New York