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Non conforme

The Underground Universe of Elzo Durt and Sébastien Lépine
Centre de Design UQAM
September 6 to 23, 2018
Vernissage Wednesday, September 5 at 6 pm
Marc H. Choko – Curator

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Montreal, August 29, 2018 – The UQAM Centre de Design is presenting Non conforme – The Underground Universe of Elzo Durt and Sébastien Lépine, a selection of posters from two emerging graphic artists.

The Exhibition

Conceived by curator and professor emeritus Marc H. Choko, the exhibition introduces the public to the work of two poster designers who studied graphic design before embarking on a practice inspired by their love of music. The works of both these artists, with similar backgrounds, break the constraints of archetypical conformity taught in schools. Addressing an informed public, their posters flaut the criteria of perfect readability, opting instead for a rich abundance of imagery and underground graphic references. "Their posters express a universe unto itself, reflecting urban nocturnal culture – its concerts, its more or less legal substances – with a rebellious aesthetic peculiar to the counterculture," says Marc H. Choko.

The Poster Artists

Elzo Durt

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Originally from Brussels, Elzo Durt studied there at the École de Recherche Graphique. His posters comprise borrowings, collages and (often incongruous) juxtapositions, in a multicoloured palette, infused with psychedelic and punk influences. Highly recognizable, they have been featured in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the United States. Durt also creates album and magazine covers and develops visuals for skateboard, snowboard and clothing brands.

Sébastien Lépine

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Sébastien Lépine studied graphic design at UQAM (BA Graphic Design 2001). His style, mixing photographic elements, frames, traces of colour, transparencies and overlays, is marked by continual experimentation and a quest for depth. His experiments play with the superimposition of colours, the decomposition of the image and the multiplication of planes.

Marc Choko-curator

Marc H. Choko is a professor emeritus at the UQAM School of Design, where he has taught since 1977. He is also an author, lecturer and curator. He is a lover of posters, which he has collected since the mid-1960s. Since the early 1980s, he has been organizing exhibitions, including several as curator, and publishing a number of books.

Contemporary Artisanal Poster Movement

Elzo Durt and Sébastien Lépine are part of a contemporary movement of poster  artisanswho usually print their own works on silkscreen, in limited editions, and offer them for sale on the Web or at music festivals and events dedicated to underground graphics. Some of these excellent, rare posters quickly become collector’s items.

September 6 2018 at 12h30 _ Elzo Durt Conference
September 12  2018 at 18h _ Sébastien Lépine Serigraphy Workshop

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