EN MASSE : (from French) “as a whole”, or “all together”.
EN MASSE is a Montreal based, multi-artist collaborative drawing project. It draws life from the many creative individuals who take part in the project to create large-scale, highly spontaneous drawings in black and white.
EN MASSE explores the creation of a collective vision; works created together that are greater than any one person could create alone.
The project was created by Tim Barnard and Jason Botkin in 2009, at the Galerie Pangée. Now under the direction of Botkin and Rupert Bottenberg, the initiative has worked with nearly 250+ artists internationally.
The EN MASSE Project nurtures the broadening and solidification of artistic communities everywhere it goes, serving artists from extremely diverse backgrounds such as graphic novels, graffiti, tattoo, illustration, design and the fine arts.
For the most part, artists participating in the project are self-taught creative entrepreneurs. EN MASSE is a high-profile public platform for these people who have often found themselves in an awkward relationship with many contemporary arts institutions (resulting in their work often being excluded from mainstream galleries, museums, and funding agencies). This is a bridge for artist to institution, and vice versa.
EN MASSE encompasses 5 main branches of activity:
- Festivals/Public Events
- Private/Corporate Commissions
- Mentorship/Pedagogical Programming (EN MASSE for the Masses)
- EN MASSE Presents: Curatorial/Production Programming
THE ADMIN TEAM
A Drawing major with a BFA honors from the Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary), Botkin a long-time addict of charcoal, ink, and paint pushing across surfaces far and wide.
“Drawing for me is a “labour of vision” (to use the words of Merleau Ponty), that is a submission to blindness; a simultaneous awareness of a mind/ body/ mass relationship that in effect, draws me.
I study how our actions and quite literally, our touch, define us— giving meaning to the simple act of being human in a specific time and place. “
Along side of the EN MASSE Project, Botkin finds time to pursue his drawing and painting for many local and international exhibitions. In Montreal he is represented by Galerie Yves Laroche / LNDMRK
A former music editor at the Montreal Mirror newsweekly, Rupert Bottenberg has also written for Vice magazine and the National Post newspaper, among others.
A devoted comics artist and enthusiast, he has created strips for anthologies in the US, Canada, and Europe, founded the Montreal Comic Jam events, served as comics correspondent on CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves show, and overseen comics-related events for several Montreal festivals, including the Fantasia genre-film festival, with which he has worked since its inception in 1996.
His commercial illustrations have graced many CD covers and publications as diverse as Screw, Star Wars Kids, and a series of Urdu-instruction textbooks for Pakistani-Canadian kids. He has also dabbled in short-film creation and animation, as well as painting, sculpture, and printmaking, and has curated a number of group art shows in Montreal.
Additionally, Bottenberg has created the multimedia project Lost Myths with writer Claude Lalumière.
BRENDAN A. de MONTIGNY
Brendan A. de Montigny (b. Vancouver), native of Outaouais, holds a masters degree in fine arts from the University of Ottawa, a undergraduate degree from Concordia in painting and drawing with a minor in print media.