Pigment print on paper, 2021

86.4 x 63.5 cm
1/5 + AP
$2 050
Oyster is part of a public installation presented in 2022 on the façade of the Contemporary Art Gallery and at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, both in Vancouver, in which Bui offered two suites of images as reflections on the relationships among sense, sensation, and desire. Although they reference the conventions of commercial advertising and display, allusions to the body are plentiful and are manifested in this specific work through overt and symbolic references as ways to engage, confuse, and invite reflection on the ways in which we consume and discard objects and images alike.
Biographical note
Michelle Bui is a Montreal-based artist working in photography and sculpture. Her research revolves around the inseparable conjuncture between material culture and identity, opening it to a shifted place where sensory identity can unfold. Recent solo exhibitions include Pool of Plenty, Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal (2018); Centerfold, Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2019); Plein Soleil, Circa, Montreal (2019) ; Objects for an Audience, Galerie Rad Hourani, Montreal (2020); Spilled Plenitude, Franz Kaka, Toronto (2020); Membranes are subject to swelling, La Vitrine, Montreal (2021); Naked Excess, Esker Foundation, Calgary (2022); Mutable Materialism, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2022). Her work has been included in group shows at Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée, Montreal; Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, Newark; Projet Pangée, Montreal ; and Vu Photo, Quebec City, and is in public art collections such as Collection d’art de la Ville de Montréal, Equitable Bank, Hydro-Québec Collection, RBC Art Collection, Scotiabank, and TD Bank Art Collection. Bui completed her MA at Université du Québec à Montréal and at Beaux-arts de Paris, and her BFA at Concordia University.