EN MASSE is an ongoing project, that under the direction of Jason Botkin, brings together emerging Montreal artists drawn from the diverse fields of the ‘high’ and ‘low’ brow arts (the later including graffiti, alternative comics and illustration). Through a continuing series of event-based ‘live’ projects, Botkin mobilizes groups of to create highly spontaneous, collaborative, large-scale black-and-white murals and public drawing installations.
The EN MASSE mandate is twofold; firstly, to increase the visibility and marketability of Montreal’s new young artists, both collectively and as individuals, and secondly, to foster community-oriented art events/programming, built upon a specific form of collaborative interaction and immersion between the chosen artists. Our events are greatly enhanced through partnerships with a wide range arts/educational organizations (ie Art Pop Montreal, English Montreal School Board, Montreal Jazz Festival, various galleries, etc), and the public.
Smart Design Mart 2009
A video documenting a crazy two day drawing bonanza at the SDM, a beautiful weekend arts/craft creation spearheaded by the fine folk at Headquarters Gallery (Tyson and Angie)
Simons — Ste Foy Quebec
En Masse drove up to Ste-Foy, Quebec, to work on 4 walls of 16′ x 16′. Including 2 members from Quebec City and 4 of the Montreal side of the project, the En Masse crew worked on a period of 5 days to accomplish this piece of work.
On 7 November, 2010, a team of 10 En Masse artists assembled in the 7ième ciel (“seventh heaven”) room at Cirque du Soleil Montreal headquarters. They flipped through a provided assortment of Cirque du Soleil books, examining images from the company’s productions to get their imaginations flowing, and then approached a bank of canvases, five metres squared, with paint and brushes in hand.
En Masse Project
This video has been shot at the Botkin Palace last february. The week before the Nuit Blanche event, twenty-four artists met up to produce over thirty 5’0″ x 3’0″ sheets of back lit velum that would be featured at the “Arts Sousterrains” showcase.
The DICE Show – Headquarters Gallery