The back compartment of the Monarca Mobile contained four “souffleurs” (“whisperers”), kinetic sculptures by Patrick Beaulieu. They were first created for the Soplo exhibition at Art-Mûr Gallery in Montreal, in January of 2007.


In Soplo (2007), white geese feathers and monarch butterfly wings provide the basic materials for a trafficking of natural forms, revealing their essential fragility to the metamorphoses of our gazes.

Patrick Beaulieu illuminates, in glass tubes, under a concentrated beam of light, monarch wings tumbling around in the wind produced by micro ventilators. Hybrid shapes, existing halfway between living and inert matter, seem to take life before our eyes.

The Border Jumpers

Defying the interdiction that weighs on the cross border circulation of organic matter, Patrick Beaulieu brought monarch wings back from Mexico to Canada by slipping them into cuts made into the pages of an old physical geography manual.

The spread-out pages, constellated by monarch wings, of this smuggler’s bible, entitled The Border Jumpers, were exhibited on the wall of the gallery as if they were entomological specimens.

Metamorphoses of breath

An art book, composed of a series of loose leafs inserted in a wooden box set with a monarch wing, presented Daniel Canty’s essay, “Métamorphoses du souffle”. This text, which discusses the shared roots of our souls and breath, is premonitory of the poetic collaboration of Vector monarca.
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Patrick Beaulieu, Soplo, butterfly wings set in motion in transparent glass containers through the use of micro ventilators.

Installation presented at Art-Mûr Gallery in Montreal, at the Banff New Media Institute, at Centre EstNordEst, at the Alfredo Zalce Museum of Contemporary Art, at the Espacio México gallery in Montreal and in different public places during the Vector monarca odyssey (Canada, USA, Mexico), 2007.

Photo Paul Litherland