Doyon-Rivest, Thanks for being there – Julie Lavigne, Les produits dérivés de la firme Doyon-Rivest, publicité, multiple ou ready-made ?

[Winter 2006-2007]

This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

Since they created their Doyon-Rivest “corporate” identity in 2000, artists Mathieu Doyon and Simon Rivest have been exploring the interrelationships between advertising and art, mimicking methods of advertising in order to examine its specificities and functions. With the project Thanks for being there, Doyon/Rivest raises the interaction between advertising and art to a new level by creating promotional objects that bear their logo – objects that they then feature in a “real” advertising campaign. Doyon-Rivest is attempting to blur the border between advertising and art and to reduce, subversively, the gap between great art and a practice belonging to mass culture.