Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Projet Circulation during Journées de la Culture 2012

During the 2012 edition of Journées de la Culture, Atelier Graff invites the public to participate in Circulation, a project featuring print-based artistic interventions located both inside the printmaking studio and within its Plateau neighbourhood. Conceived and curated by two members of Atelier Graff, Andréanne Bouchard and Geneviève Turcotte, Circulation is a project that aims to create a synergetic exchange between Atelier Graff, the surrounding Montreal community and the practice of five contemporary print artists: Andréanne Bouchard, Guillaume Brisson-Darveau & Pascaline Knight, Anna McIntyre and Geneviève Turcotte. Project Circulation: The interventions The bridge and the river In Park Lafontaine, Geneviève Turcotte invites you to become a player in a life size parlour game with strange rules.
On the road Andréanne Bouchard cruises through the neighbourhood on her bicycle, which is also a mobile silkscreen workshop. Come and see what sweet printmaking treats she has to offer!
The bewitching of senses In the alley directly behind Atelier Graff, Guillaume Brisson-Darveau and Pascaline Knight stage an extra-sensory printmaking ritual. Don't forget to wear something that can be printed on!
The troop of good old times Anna Jane McIntyre invites you to collaborate with her in printing a fabric love letter to Montreal in Park of La Bolduc. Prepare yourself for an unusual alphabet…
Atelier Graff invites you to discover the secrets and magic of modern day printmaking. Come and enter the creative process of 5 dynamic artists as they open up their practice to collaborate with the people of Montreal. About Atelier Graff Atelier Graff is an artist-run centre and printmaking studio that supports research, experimentation and creative approaches in print-based media. Atelier Graff engages with the current critical discourse by promoting new practices and fostering the development of printmaking as a contemporary art form. Its members, professional and emerging artists from an array of disciplines, enjoy a stimulating environment of creative synergy that encourages individual and collective artistic development.

ÉMERGENCE! Dans la tête de Louise Bourgeois. du 2 novembre au 16 décembre

Émergence! Dans la tête de Louise Bourgeois Exposition temporaire - Art (Art contemporain) Du 2 novembre 2012 au 16 décembre 2012 Lieu : Art-image et espace Odyssée Renseignements : 819 243-2345, poste 2528 Artistes: Catherine Baril, Adriana Gutiérrez Mejia, Sabrina Lafontaine, Anna Jane McIntyre, Valérie Mercier, Nadia Nadège, Vovanne Cette année à Émergence! les artistes de la relève de la grande région d’Ottawa / Gatineau devront pénétrer Dans la tête de Louise Bourgeois. Ces jeunes professionnels investiront l’espace du centre d’exposition Art-image pour vous présenter des oeuvres inédites en hommage à cette artiste qui a grandement influencé le monde l’art contemporain. Renseignements complémentaires : http://www.gatineau.ca/artimage/ And here is my contribution, properly installed.
And a few words about the project: My installation, Les ti-neufs, is a series of nine wooden dolls referencing Louise Bourgeois' 9 plate intaglio series entitled, He disappeared into complete silence. The dolls' shapes are anthropomorphised geometric forms inspired by her surreal etchings and parables. I have attempted to make the dolls lovable through the logic of Bourgeois. They are all painted with an undercoat of blue, her favourite colour and sport legs with high heeled shoes, hands wearing gloves, as in her drawing, La femme fière d'elle même. With this project I attempted to channel Louise Bourgeouis' spirit and create what she may have done if she had worked with wood. The nine dolls are carved from cedar and pine, lovingly coloured with handmade paints, Indian ink, gold leaf and beeswax. Arranged in a grid three by three on the wall, the dolls allude to Bourgeois' love of geometry. They hang on the wall like the drying vegetables of her youth. Their eerie shadows hint at the life, stories and secrets they hide within. In this work fantasy and reason are once again on equal terms. Les ti-neufs is a playful love letter crafted in wood to Bourgeois's ghost and amazing artistic legacy.