Who are you and what do you do?
I am Adam Bergeron. I live in Québec City, Canada. I make paintings, performances and I also play music.
Who/what inspires you?
The paint itself as a physical matter inspires me a lot: pouring, daubing, sticking stuff over it, staining,etc. For me the abc’s of painting are still the most attractive things about it as an activity. Also everything I see, sarting from my friends artworks, stains and dirt on the street, children and teenage awful graffittis, art history,etc. In short every image I understand even just partially are all nourishing my practice in a way.
What themes do you pursue?
I follow different themes formally speaking, but the underlying direction is a wish for a juvenile experimentation, almost aggressive or even regressive in a way. I like the idea that a really bad painting, litterally a crusty one can sometimes be, on the other hand, a good artwork despite its flaws.
I feel better with the freedom to do all I want, it is all very simple for me. I like to paint, to play music, to construct things for the sake of doing it.
I also like to work within a network of very different artists. We co-organise performance events, we start small cooperative projects. For me it is a form of dissidence althought I know for sure Art won’t save the world… Having fun and creating stuff and situations is the essential motivation.
Name some artists you would like to be compared to.
I think my work could ressemble very different artists, ranging from Martin Kippenberger to Jean-Philippe Harvey. When I dream my paintings are all Fernand Léger’s…