Check out Alpha Art Gallery website for details on the show.

March 6th, 2017

Jesse Gussow

I was able to check out a brand new opening at Alpha Art Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. The show was for Montreal artist Martin Rondeau. The pieces on display are just stunning; big bold beautiful and sexy. I was immediately captivated and decided to do an interview with him. Check it out and take a look at some of the work in the show as well. If you are in the area be sure to check it out. It’s called FATEOR and runs until mid-March.


Where are you from?

I was born in a small town called Joliette (Quebec), a typical family living a simple life not surrounded by any artist. In college I realized that I was having a different vision of others and that I had different things to say. This is where I started to explore art. Art was part of me, but at this time I didn't know how to express it.


For your show at Alpha Art Gallery how long did it take you to make the pieces for it?

It was long, very long.  There are a lot of steps between shooting the image and the hanging of the final product on the wall.


What was your process for making a piece for the show?

First, I needed to select and shoot the mannequin.  Once that's done there's a need for editing, selection, retouching, mounting, printing, cutting, weaving, braiding, etc., etc., etc…The list is very long!


Were the models for the work from the Montreal area?

Well, they could be from a model agency or someone I know around me that fits my current subject.


How would you describe what the artwork says?

By confessing our desires, our passions, human beings release their self from their inhibitions and open themselves to others.


How is the art scene in Montreal compared to Ottawa?

I don’t think we can compare the art scene per city or any gallery in Canada or elsewhere on the planet. I think art buyers or collectors who are interested in art can be anywhere at anytime. A gallery has the mandate to promote the artwork of the artists they believe in. The rest is very personal, such as taste in art and fitting with the environment.


What kind of music do you enjoy listening to while working?

I personally listen to a lot of music during all the processes. During a photoshoot I listen to something that sets the mood I want. In the atelier when I work on an art piece it’s different and more a background noise that helps me concentrate in the long hours of creation.


Where did you find your inspiration for the show at Alpha Art Gallery?

It was inspired by my Confession show held in Montreal in 2014.


Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies? Or are you partial to some other snack?

I am gluten free! lol. I do love sugar though, I guess chocolate is always a winner.  Closer to the nature of things, I try to eat like our ancestors did. I feel better, and I can create without body aches.

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