“As an artist, you really think of your work in and of itself, and you also kind of think about how it fits in with the market, if it’s going to be realistic to do this or not,” Heidi Taillefer says, of her relationship with the local art scene.
We talked over lattes as she prepared to open a show at L.A.’s prestigious CoproGallery, a hub of the pop surrealist art movement.
The Montreal artist’s prodigious output has been shown in a lot of big-name American galleries, but it’s been awhile since she’s had an exhibition here.
While she was affiliated with the Yves Laroche gallery for several years, as the gallery shifted their focus toward a more international stable of big-name underground artists, she turned her attention toward venues south of the border.
It’s a very Canadian way of thinking, in a way — as if you haven’t fully succeeded unless you’ve done so abroad.
Taillefer’s paintings are figurative, often combining organic or biological and mechanical elements in epic detail, while referencing a rich body of representational imagery.
Her approach could be described as pop surrealism’s take on classical symbolism, although she says she never set out to engage with the artistic movement, a loose affiliation of artists who integrate irreverent pop cultural references into their work, playfully juxtaposing the cute and horrific.