Blowback implies the state of emergency that has been steadily escalating since the end of the Second World War. The life-sized sculpture is composed of a pair of conjoined replicas of the M2A1 Howitzer which fires a 105 mm artillery shell, one of the most ubiquitous and effective pieces of military hardware ever produced. This deadly marriage or “amorous sabotage” as described by the artist, demonstrates the precarious balance of power in the modern world as well as the absurd yet disturbingly real threat of mutually assured destruction as nations continue to march headlong from one crisis to another.
Photography: Scott Lee
Michel de Broin is a visual artist based in Montréal whose cross-disciplinary practice explores the intersections between technological, biological, and physical systems, in the process infusing familiar objects and symbols with new meaning. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across Canada, the United States and Europe. His public art projects, both temporary and permanent, have similarly been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has received multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and was the recipient of the 2007 Sobey Art Award. Michel de Broin is represented by Galerie Division Montréal. Blowback appears courtesy of Collection Majudia.