• Marc Mayer, Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada
Already well known within Quebec, BGL is fast developing a national and international reputation for their intriguing and immersive installations that beckon viewers into the space.
BGL’s works are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and in many private and corporate collections including RBC, Aimia and The Granite Club.
Upcoming commissions for BGL include Water Velocity, a monumental kinetic sculpture commissioned for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games. In addition, BGL won the commission to produce an emblematic artwork for the Montréal-Nord neighbourhood in the largest public artwork competition ever held in Quebec.
Among BGL’s most captivating installations, Sheltered from the Trees, presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2001, transformed the gallery space into a cavern, crafted from recycled materials, with tree silhouettes evoking a forest canopy. In Need to Believe, presented at Toronto’s Mercer Union in 2005, visitors walked through an elaborate set that recounted the tale of a terrible car accident.
All three members of the collective were born in the province of Quebec, Jasmin Bilodeau in 1973, and Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière in 1972. While studying Visual Arts at the Université Laval in the mid-1990s they formed BGL and have since participated in numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and around the world.
BGL was nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2006 and has received several grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Among its honours are the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, the York Wilson Endowment Award, and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries’ Best Exhibition Design and Installation Award for Need to Believe at the Mercer Union.