Open Studio Event

By January 21, 2011Exhibition

Studio Béluga Winter Artist Residency: Open Studios
January 21, 2011, 6-9pm; January 22, 2011, 3-7pm

On January 21st and 22nd, Studio Béluga invites you for an evening and afternoon of open studios, an opportunity to meet with our artists in residence, Hélène Juillet, Ronak Kordestani, Andrée Leduc, Dinao MacCormick and Katherine Pickering; and to see their works in progress. Abstraction; geometric abstraction; questions of diasporic identity; Vladimir Putin in all his glory; and childhood photographs writ large – their projects are diverse and their work ranges from the abstract to the hyper-real, the re-drawing of maps and renegotiation of space and identity. The studio will be open from 6-9pm on Friday, and 3-7pm on Saturday. Refreshments will be served and most artists will be in attendance. For more information, go to

Participating Artists:

• Hélène Juillet is a recent graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux arts de Paris, where she worked under the supervision of sculptors Richard Deacon and Tadashi Kawamata. There she had the opportunity to assist in and travel to their studios in Mali and Japan, respectively. She held her first solo show, L’avant at her workshop in Paris earlier this year, and has participated in a number of group shows, exhibiting at Galerie Gauche (Paris, 2008), Quartier Orange (Bamako, 2008) and La Galerie des Beaux Arts de Metz (Metz, 2007). She has also worked as an assistant to Peter Shelton and at the Chung King Project Gallery, Los Angeles (2009).

Currently, Juillet is working on a series of large abstract sculptures, exploring the dynamic of geometric abstraction.

• Andrée Leduc completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2008. Post graduation, she travelled through Western Europe, the Middle-East, and the United States, spending a number of months in Berlin painting and exploring contemporary art. She has exhibited in a number of juried art shows and group shows around eastern Canada, including Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa. Her work has been published in Harrowsmith’s Truly Canadian Almanac (2008) and she is currently represented by La Petite Mort gallery, Ottawa. Leduc resides and conducts an active painting practice in Montréal, Quebec.

Leduc’s residency project has expanded upon her previous work in large-scale painting, and explores the media-constructed images of celebrity politicians.

• Katherine Pickering was born in Montreal, Quebec and is currently based in British Columbia. She is a Masters of Fine Arts graduate from Concordia University (2009). Pickering is a recipient of two senior awards from the British Columbia Arts Council (2007 & 2008) and the J.W. McConnell Memorial Graduate Fellowship (2007). She has exhibited in Istanbul, Turkey at the Simotas building (2010); in Montreal at Concordia University (2009), and Espace Artefacto (2008); and in Kelowna at the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art (2006 & 2009), and the Duotone Arts Festival (2005 & 2006).

Pickering’s work explores painting as a site-specific practice. Illuminated walks through the landscape at night constitute the research for paintings that explore the connection between darkness and abstraction. The paintings she creates from these night walks reveal a process that embraces the mystery of place and the role of the imagination in our experience of darkness.

• Dinao MacCormick received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mt. Allison University in 2007. Upon graduation she received a grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to design and conduct her own research study “Therapeutic Art in the Treatment of Breast Cancer”. Her findings were then presented at the World Breast Cancer Foundation conference in Winnipeg, MB (2008). Dinao has participated in juried and group shows in eastern and western Canada as well as in Venice, Italy. Dinao has held solo exhibitions at both Cape Breton University and stART in Sackville, NB. In 2009 she completed a self-directed residency at the Banff Center for the Arts and proceeded to study psychology at the University of Victoria. She recently moved to Montreal to join the unprecedented mob of lost, struggling artists.

In an illustrated act of forgetting and remembering, Dinao MacCormick is playing with her own archives, finding, losing and recreating past selves. This series of large-scale drawings investigates the ambiguity and multiplicity of our perceptions of self and reality.

• Ronak Kordestani began exhibiting her work in Tehran in 1998 and completed her BFA in painting at the University of Tehran in 2000. In 2004 she received her certificate of achievement in multimedia from the KIAD institute (London). She has exhibited at Green Art Gallery (2000, 2005, Dubai), Assar Art Gallery (2002, 2003, Tehran) and and Lennox Art Gallery (2009, Toronto), among others. She has extensive experience as a graphic and textile artist, having worked in the industry for four years. She currently holds a thriving artistic practice in Montreal, Quebec and plans to pursue her MFA in the near future.

Kordestani is continuing her work on Passages, a series of paintings based on issues of diasporic identity and transience, as they relate to her own experience of moving to Montreal. During the residency, she is exploring the use of video projection as another layer of painting.