About

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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.


HISTORY

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.


MANDATE

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.


PROJECTS

EN MASSE encompasses 5 main branches of activity:

  1. Gallery/Museum
  2. Festivals/Public Events
  3. Private/Corporate Commissions
  4. Mentorship/Pedagogical Programming (EN MASSE for the Masses)
  5. EN MASSE Presents: Curatorial/Production Programming

THE ADMIN TEAM

JASON BOTKIN

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

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RUPERT BOTTENBERG

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.

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VALERY LAJOIE

Étant diplômée du baccalauréat en droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke, ainsi que de l’école du barreau, Valéry Lajoie choisit de se rediriger vers le milieu culturel en s’installant à Montréal. Elle intègre alors le programme de Stratégies de production culturelle et médiatique de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, en plus de compléter de courtes études en Event management en Angleterre.

Son intégration au milieu culturel et artistique dans la métropole se dessine rapidement par son implication dans divers événements à titre de bénévole ce qui lui permet d’y créer sa propre place.

Avec son leadership et son dévouement, elle multiplie ainsi, depuis 2009, les postes à travers les organisations culturelles montréalaises. En plus de collaborer au projet En Masse, Valéry est la directrice de production de MASSIVart, la coordonnatrice des bénévoles du festival M pour Montréal et elle occupe également un poste au sein de l’équipe logistique du Piknic Électronik.

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FLORIN GABOR

With more than 15 years of digital and marketing experience as art director for several advertising agencies and tv stations in Europe and North America, Florin is the newest member of the EM admin team, as an acting international ambassador for the project.He has gained considerable exposure in magazines, books and in exhibitions, with an emphasis on creative direction, art direction, graphic design, motion graphics, web design, photography.

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FOUNDATION

The EN MASSE project was created by Tim Barnard and Jason Botkin in 2009, at the Galerie Pangée. Tim is no longer a part of the EM admin team, choosing instead to pursue his personal practice in British Columbia, Canada.  More about this great artist below:

TIM BARNARD

Tim is the co-founder of the EN MASSE project, created along side of Jason Botkin at the Galerie Pangée in 2009.

 

Barnard was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. Tim Barnard spent most of his youth in Western North America absorbing the frontier lifestyle and developing a hard edge black and white style that speaks of contemporary art, historical muralist, psychedelic comics and old school skate board graphics.

 

He worked in the tattoo and multi-media industries briefly before receiving a BFA in Drawing at ACAD and Yale. He lived and worked in the Yukon, Mexico, Calgary, Montreal, and New York over the last decade establishing himself professionally as an illustrator, muralist, and fine artist.

 

Currently Tim and his wife and partner work internationally and are based in Vancouver, BC.

 

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