COZIC Visual Artist
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle, Quebec

COZIC (Yvon Cozic and Monic Brassard), Visual Artist

COZIC is a two-headed visual artist with four hands made up of Yvon Cozic and Monic Brassard. Since the late 1960s, COZIC has held some 60 solo exhibitions, participated in more than 250 group exhibitions and created some 30 public artworks, all of which are a testament to its enduring creative vitality. COZIC has been awarded numerous prizes and grants, including the prestigious Jean-Paul Riopelle lifetime achievement award and the 2015 Paul-Émile Borduas prize. COZIC’s work is displayed in most of Canada’s major museums and in corporate and private collections across Canada and Europe. Yvon Cozic was born in France and Monic Brassard, in Quebec. Nowadays, they live in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle, Quebec.

www.cozic.ca

The four-handed creator.

“By focusing on participatory arts and performance, COZIC has widened its field of investigation and explored other fruitful avenues, like installations, in situ works, arte povera, conceptual art, pop art and minimalism, thereby illustrating its openness to trends and current schools of thought.

Through its original approach and unwavering engagement, and its unfaltering openness to post-modern practices and broader international trends, COZIC has proven that it belongs in that privileged set of artists who have left a mark.

Presenting the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts to COZIC—who has always circumvented strangleholds and always will—confirms the pre-eminence of the intellectual freedom on which creation is based.”

Nominator:
Gilles Lapointe, Associate Professor, UQAM art history department

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“Presenting the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts to COZIC—who has always circumvented strangleholds and always will—confirms the pre-eminence of the intellectual freedom on which creation is based.”

Selected works

COZIC, Face à face, 1981-2000, (collecting 85 items), cardboard, various materials, varying dimensions. Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Photo: Aimé Zayed. Numerous parts from cardboard boxes evoking faces are displayed on a white wall.

COZIC, Face à Face, 1981-2000, (collecting 85 items), cardboard, various materials, varying dimensions. Collection: Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I. © COZIC / SOCAN (2019) Photo: Aimé Zayed

COZIC, Néo-Nymphéas (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle), 2004, eight items: Styrofoam, nylon string, bricks, varying dimensions. COZIC’s personal collection. Photo: Daniel Roussel. A centre spread of a book showing an installation made up of large Styrofoam aquatic flowers in a pond.

COZIC, Néo-Nymphéas (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle), 2004, eight items. Styrofoam, nylon string, bricks, varying dimensions. Collection of the artist. © COZIC / SOCAN (2019)
Photo: Daniel Roussel

COZIC, Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, 1991, wood, cooper, iron, sand, tissue paper, leather, feathers, satin. Floor sketch: red chalk. 170 cm x 400 cm x 400 cm. Collection: Université de Sherbrooke art gallery, Sherbrooke, Quebec. Photo: Daniel Roussel A multicoloured sculpture made of various materials.

COZIC, Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, 1991, wood, copper, iron, sand, tissue paper, leather, feathers, satin. Floor drawing; red chalk, 170 cm X 400 cm X 400 cm. Collection: Université de Sherbrooke art gallery, Quebec. © COZIC / SOCAN (2019)
Photo: Daniel Roussel

COZIC, PAR EN THÈSE, 2012, wood, acrylic, sand, fabric, 20 cm x 230 cm x 75 cm, varying dimensions depending on the installation. COZIC’s personal collection. Photo: Daniel Roussel. Two large multicoloured discs against a wall with a smaller one on the floor.

COZIC, PAR EN THÈSE, 2012, wood, acrylic, sand, fabric, 20 cm X 230 cm X 75 cm, varying dimensions depending on the installation. COZIC’s personal collection. © COZIC / SOCAN (2019)
Photo: Daniel Roussel

COZIC, Sandwich, 1978, Styrofoam, fabric, paper, Prismacolor pencil crayons, 47 cm x 60 cm. Collection: Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank. Photo: Daniel Roussel. Instructions for cutting up a sandwich, with a drawing of sandwich pieces on a plate and other pieces laid out origami-style.

COZIC, Sandwich, 1978, Styrofoam, fabric, paper, Prismacolor pencil crayons, 47 cm x 60 cm. Collection: Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank, Ottawa. © COZIC / SOCAN (2019)
Photo: Daniel Roussel

COZIC, Tétraktys, 2004, set of ten columns, various materials, 300 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm each. COZIC’s personal collection. Photo: Daniel Roussel. A large room in which the columns have been decorated in different ways.

COZIC, Tétraktys, 2004, set of ten columns, various materials, 300 cm X 50 cm X 50 cm each. COZIC’s personal collection. © COZIC / SOCAN (2019)
Photo: Daniel Roussel

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