Objects Seen: Residency Exhibition

By February 3, 2011Exhibition


Feb 3, 2011 at 7 PM to Feb 14, 2011 at 5 PM

Studio Béluga,160 St-Viateur Est, Suite 508A (corner Casgrain + St. Viateur),Montreal,Quebec,Canada

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Curatorial statement

The difference is as great between
The optics seeing as the objects seen.
– Alexander Pope, 1913

Following the completion of the 2010/2011 Winter Residency, Studio Béluga cordially invites you to Objects Seen, an exhibition of works by Hélène Juillet, Andrée Leduc, Dinao MacCormick, and Katherine Pickering. The exhibition stems from the diversity of these artists’ works, and their individual explorations of the connection between art making and ways of seeing.

The artists communicate a concern for the ways vision is constructed through overlapping lenses, which add and subtract detail. Questions of abstraction and representation are carried through their drawing, painting, and sculpture. Rather than a nostalgic yearning for the purity of modernism, or its refusal, these artists address the world outside of art making: fragmented personal memories, architectural structures, mass media, and the allure of dark mysterious spaces.

Pickering, a Concordia MFA graduate and the recipient of the J.W. McConnell Memorial Graduate Fellowship (2007), creates atmospheric compositions that chronicle her navigation through light and shadow visible at night. Based on recollection and captured images, Pickering morphs hidden objects into seductive shapes and affective colours.

MacCormick recently completed a self-directed residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her work in residency at Studio Béluga has been the completion of several larger than life-sized portraits – an examination of personal memories of the childhood self as projected through family snapshots. The piercing gazes of MacCormick’s younger selves acknowledge the camera lens, now substituted by the viewer.

Leduc, published in Harroswmith’s Truly Canadian Almanac (2008) and represented by Ottawa’s La Petite Morte gallery, has produced large-scale paintings that divorce the present from historic reality. Her brightly-coloured rendering of a topless Vladimir Putin brings to the fore the media’s construction of politicians as mythological figures, ready to become metaphors of their country.

Juillet, recently graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Paris), constructs sculptures based on geometric compositions. The use of line through wooden beams, and shading through paper appliqué, play with the viewer’s optics. Juillet provokes the viewer into a contemplation of the contours of architectural configurations, and the interior spaces created through them.

Residency artists at Studio Béluga work within a shared visual realm, communally accessing over 2,000 square feet of working studio space. As the residency progresses, the studio becomes overwhelmed by the bombardment of images, art supplies, found objects, books and other objects from which the artists draw inspiration. Sight offers the artists starting points for their residency projects, which are completed through the perception of physical and psychological touch.