Collective Speak :OFDT
OFDT Collective co-founders Marc-Antoine Clement and Jean-Paul Pahn are both the particular type of young creative whom has at once perfected their craft to perfection, maintained a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for the artists they interact with and possess the ability to bring to life aesthetic conceptions that are artfully suited for their spatial context.
Their first event in a series of vernissages was a smashing success, showcasing the talent of 18 Montreal artists in their gem of a sprawling de Gaspe region studio space. "There is a lot to be said about this show," Pahn said gesturing broadly to the art pieces, projectionists and musicians in the space, "but to keep it simple, I'll just say that because we're constantly inspired by the artists that we interact with, we wanted to create a platform for everyone to show off what they do." Though there had been no specific thematic considerations for the artists in the show, Clement agreed that all the pieces came together in a cohesive manner fairly effortlessly, despite the huge range of mediums showcased. If the seamless integration of DJs, folk bands, graffiti art, furniture design, sculpture, painting and photography that took place at the first OFDT Vernissage is any indication, the future work of Celemnt and Pahn and their collaborators will be something to sit up and pay attention to.
Photos: Stacy Lee
Words : Hua Li