November 16, 2022 – January 16, 2023

Myth and Evidence

Mathieu Valade


Light installation part of Festival of Cool

myth and evidence

Photo by Brian Medina


A light emanating from the interior of a frosted glass display case hints at the silhouette of a legendary creature: the unicorn. The translucent surface blurs the reading of its realistic-looking forms. Both exposed and concealed, elusive and imprisoned, the ephemeral presence of the magical being exudes a certain magnetism. Undoubtedly, this symbol of purity and grace, which has captured the Western imagination for centuries, still exerts its powers of fascination.   

This work was produced and presented for Manif d’art 8 – The Quebec City Biennial. 

About Mathieu Valade

Mathieu Valade explores contradictory relationships between simple forms and the complex images they evoke when subverted. Represented by Quebec City’s Galerie 3, his work has been shown in leading institutions, including the Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne and Quebec City’s Musée national des beaux-arts (MNBAQ). 


North Orchard

A setting in the trees at the very north-west end of our campus.


Wheelchair accessible

235 Queens Quay W

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Keywords Public Art