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Nature and Materiality of Film: Art by Guillame Vallée

Sacred Bloom (excerpt), hand-processed cameraless Super 8 film, collaboration with Andrée-Anne Roussel


Montreal-based artist Guillaume Vallée uses experimental film-based media to capture and explore the true nature and materiality of film. His works use a variety of analogue equipment and editing techniques to create abstract photos, installations and media artworks.


A collage based on a black and white photo of two young girlsUnknown, collage and Aquarelle on paper

This artist’s portfolio is incredibly varied and packed with experiments in a wide variety of media. I like the way the Guillaume is able to maintain a fairly consistent style and aesthetic across mediums. His collages and photogram paintings are interesting – in his photograms, Guillaume paints directly onto film negatives. The abstract daubs of paint in many different colours give the film a mysterious, corroded look, often obscuring the subjects of the negatives just enough to make the viewer more curious about them.


A screen capture of a gallery on Guillaume Vallee's art websiteA music video sample on Guillaume's portfolio website

Guillaume is a part of the Montreal art collective Groop*Index, and is involved in the organization and realization of events that explore the complexities and possibilities of media-based art forms. He has also created numerous music videos for local underground musicians, which you can view on his portfolio.


Le Trio Karason - La Casa Del Popolo - 01/2016, video/performance collaboration with Alain Lefebvre & Hazy Montagne Mystique

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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