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Ostrich Sculptures and Spiral Chairs: This Canadian Gallery is a Vintage Aficionado’s Dream

Earlier this summer, an exhibition called “Ils bougent la nuit” popped up in an abandoned butcher’s shop in Montréal. Mixing mostly vintage and a few contemporary pieces, the show was the work of curators Isaac Larose-Farmer and Florence Provencher-Proulx, owners of a small fashion label who birthed the nomadic project Bruises Gallery during the COVID lockdown. “Ils bougent la nuit” was the pair’s second exhibition, and the second as well to explore their relationship to objects in confinement and the feelings of loneliness that accompanied it. It’s hard to capture that claustrophobic feeling in images, but it isn’t hard to admire the pair’s collecting prowess. Alongside the work of artists Sylvie Cauchon, Trevor Bourke, Mati Contal, Joanne Burke, and Emi Maggi were a series of objects found in and around Quebec that would make any vintage aficionado’s eyes pop. Some of our favorites include a swooping iron bed, made in the ’90s by the Montréal-based artisans “Les ateliers Lucifers,” a 1988 lamp by Robert Nemith for Pacific Coast Lighting, a duo of fiberglass sculptures plucked from the set of the movie “300” (lol), a suite of high-backed Postmodern chairs on wheels, and a metal ostrich sculpture, nesting a copper egg in its wing. Not everything sold out (incomprehensible to me, tbh), so check the gallery’s Instagram for more info!

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Multi X Articulated Sculptural Desk Lamp by Yaacov Kaufman for Lumina

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1988 Robert Nemith Lamp by Pacific Coast Lighting

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Fiberglass sculptures from the movie set of 300

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