Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran
Dominique Blain, Jacynthe Carrier, Michael A. Robinson | December - January 26, 2013
From the website: "With this new exhibition of three major artists, galerie antoine ertaskiran offers a glimpse of its curatorial direction for the 2013 programming.
The gallery is showing several works by Dominique Blain: Dress, an important work of 1993, consisting of a men’s camisole to which are attached actual numerous war medals and two new photographic works, Mao–Weiwei and once you taste freedom it stays with you, both inspired by the iconic outspoken political artist Ai Weiwei. Also, a photographic series entitled La Fabrique by Jacynthe Carrier, winner of the Prix Pierre-Ayot 2012, and a fascinating monumental sculpture by Michael A. Robinson, The Origin of Ideas, accompanied by a series of letraset drawings."
Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran | 1892 Rue payette | Montreal, QC, H3J 1P3 | (514) 989 7886 | www.galerieantoineertaskiran.com |
Jennifer Lefort: Balise (en couleur) | Beacon (in colour)
Samuel Roy-Bois: J'ai moonwalké, sans cesse, jusqu'à l'épuisement
January 17 - February 16, 2013
From the press release: "PARISIAN LAUNDRY is thrilled to announce the opening of its winter season 2013 with J’ai Moonwalké, sans cesse, jusqu’a l’épuisement, a Bunker project by invited artist Samuel Roy-Bois and Beacon (in colour), the highly anticipated solo exhibition by represented artist Jennifer Lefort.
Beacon (in colour), Lefort’s third solo with the gallery represents the artist’s ongoing interest in how intangible themes and ideas explored in representational work can exist in abstraction. In this new body of work the departure point of her visual lexicon is light. This direction of exploration for Lefort has lead to new visual discoveries and associations in her paintings. Painted rays meet and break in vivid colour and form and shadows, prisms, and beacons all imply a coming to light through gesture. Beyond the reflective qualities conjured through the exploration of light as theme are thoughts of spirit, signals, and communication critical to Lefort’s practice."
"Samuel Roy-Bois transforms PARISIAN LAUNDRY’s coveted bunker space into a private site for performance, inviting the viewer/participant to consider the following: An eclipse is not a disappearance. Neither is someone moving to a different room a missing person. Through the exhibition J'ai moonwalké, sans cesse, jusqu'à l'épuisement, ideas of remoteness and concealment are explored. These concepts seem to imply a certain narrative, a chain of events: there is a before and there is an after. Roy-Bois’s interest lies in what can be found between these two moments and more precisely in how our understanding of sites and events is strangely augmented through obliteration. His approach for this exhibition is multilateral and is comprised of three components: 1. a group of monochrome paintings on photographs; 2. a room dedicated to musical practice where the public is invited to privately play the drums; 3. a very limited edition artist book synthesizing the exhibition."
From January 17 - February 16, 2013. Opening January 16th, 6-8 pm.
Parisian Laundry | 3550 St-Antoine Ouest (entrance Greene and Bel-Air) | Montréal, QC, H4C 1A9 | (514) 989-1056 | www.parisianlaundry.com |
From the Website: "Holly King’s photographs draw from memories of landscapes, and reference film, art and literature. Her images are cinematic and striking, seemingly real and other-worldly. She painstakingly constructs these scenes with miniatures and then takes photographs of them in large-format, which she then exhibits. King claims that the actual sets are very humble, and the process of photographing these sets transforms them into artworks, although I believe that the sets themselves may be sights to be seen.
In 2005, King moved from working with color photography to black and white. The objects contained in these photographs (the trees, stones, water and brush) are detailed rather than creating atmospheric scapes that were ethereal and less linked to actual inhabitable spaces, as she has in earlier works. With this most recent series, Grand Canyon: Unseen, King tackles the monumental cleft in the Arizona desert that has captivated tourists and writers alike for so many years. King takes a place that has been photographed, documented, discussed and memorialized and manages to create novel images, which is no small feat. For the first time in her oeuvre, she combines photographs of the land with her set ups, and additionally integrates black ink drawings. She suspends transparent images of the Grand Canyon behind the sets, and places miniatures in both the foreground and behind the transparencies. Her prints are reflective, luminous, pensive terrains of rock, earth and sky.
It has been said that the size of King’s prints allows people to enter the unreal places that she creates. I think that viewers are only allowed to step to the precipice of these landscapes, see their tiny details and be overwhelmed by their heights, but then they are held back. They must stop to think about what they see. The power of these images lies in the fact that they warrant a second look, and a third. They are the type of photographs that I want to try to enter over and over because of where I could be transported were I to enter." - Text by Marsha Taichman
Art Mur | 5826 St-Hubert | Montréal, Québec, H2S 2L7 | (514) 933 0711 | www.artmur.com |
SOUNDTRACK : VOLUME 1 | January 19, 2013 - March 9th 2013
"Join us in the New Year for the opening of our next exhibition Soundtrack: Volume 1 with Mike Bayne, Karel Funk, Tim Gardner, Myfanwy MacLeod, Allison Schulnik and Etienne Zack on January 19th."
Galerie Division | L'Arsenal, 2020 Rue William | Montréal, Québec, H3J 1R8 | (514) 938-3863 | www.galeriedivision.com |
Musee D'Art Contemporain de Montreal
Laurent Grasso: Uraniborg | February 7, 2013 - April 28, 2013
From the website: "The exhibition Laurent Grasso: Uraniborg, co-produced by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Jeu de Paume in Paris, offers a unique foray into space and time. Videos, paintings from the Studies into the Past series, drawings, neons, objects and sculptures cohabit in a presentation conceived by the artist as a work in itself. Here, Grasso continues his exploration of space and temporality as he seeks to create what he calls a “false historical memory.” In this in-between place where true and false intermingle, the all-pervading observation of the sky underlies a broader examination of seeing, watching and surveillance, at the same time as it opens up a path to possible worlds.
This exhibition is coproduced by the Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal."
MACM | 185 St. Catherine Ouest (Corner Jeanne-Mance) | Montreal, QC, H2X 3X5 | www.macm.org |
Chronicles of a Disappearance | January 19, 2012 — May 13, 2012
From the website: "DHC/ART Foundation is delighted to present a thematic group show titled Chronicles of a Disappearance, bringing together major works by five acclaimed international artists: Philippe Parreno, Taryn Simon, Teresa Margolles, Omer Fast and José Toirac. The exhibition explores different notions of disappearance articulated across the personal, social and political realms. All the works stage and conceptualize mourning, absence and loss, offering rich associative histories while also uncovering the hidden and inaccessible – or that which is made to disappear from view."
DHC/ART | 451 & 465, St-Jean Street | Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2R5 | (514) 849 3742 / 1 (888) 934 2278 | www.dhc-art.org |