Next Thu, Oct 5th, join us at Never Apart for the Fall 2017 Exhibitions Vernissage. 6-10pm. Free Event.
Featuring 9 new exhibitions representing the work of 20 artists, including 4 video mapping exhibitions by MAPP MTL, and a special Vernissage-only MAPP installation called Laser.
with DJ Andy Williams
We Live In A Fantasy
Claire Milbrath & Callan Ponsford
We Live In A Fantasy depicts artists Claire Milbrath and Callan Ponsford using the language of painting to articulate dream-like scenarios. Milbrath portrays the fictional character of ‘Gray’ to explore the sexuality of perhaps an alternate lived experience, while Ponsford takes simple everyday objects or scenarios and transforms them through abstraction and ambiguity. Linked through their useage of illustrative techniques, both artists explore how visual art attempts to realize impossibilities.
Erin M. Riley
Gallery B & C
Head On is an exhibition of meticulously hand-woven, hand-dyed wool tapestries depicting intimate portraits of sexuality and trauma, subjects often considered socially taboo. Using both personal and found photographs combined with scale and text, artist Erin M. Riley addresses the many layers involved in exploring and confronting one’s identity in overcoming sexual and dating violence.
Frequently autobiographical, her work addresses the innate trauma of womanhood and the objectification of the sexualized body. Riley combines text messages she herself has received from stalkers, documents used to report domestic violence, and remnants of unraveling relationships, with pornography, self-portraiture, and the literal “mess” of one’s body. Through her work, Riley presents complex narratives existing in her mind simultaneously.
Exposition de micro-mapping
As part of its INVISIBLE event, MAPP_MTL presents a series of micro-mapping art pieces at the Never Apart’s galerie spaces. This exhibit, consisting exclusively of new work and Canadian premieres, features artists, illustrators, and motion designers who have tackled this creative medium on the basis of its specificities and qualities. Micro-mapping allows for a new layer of meaning to be added and revealed to images or static objects, be it abstract or narrative. This results in original pieces where matter and photons have become truly inseparable.
INVISIBLE has been made possible thanks to the support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Borough, Never Apart, and XYZ Cultural Technology. The exhibit has been curated by Thien Vu Dang, artistic director at MAPP_MTL, Jean-Sébastien Baillat, director of creation at Baillat Studio, and Alain Thibault, director of creation at ELEKTRA.
OMBRE by Collectif Blackbox (QC; CA), an interactive projection which generates a poetic universe from the shadows created by the hands of the participants.
CULT by Tommy Caron, Alex Guimet (QC; CA) showcases the toxic relationship between people and objects of worship.
ILLUSTRATIONS AUGMENTÉES #1-2-3 by Cécil Gariépy (QC;CA), Martine Frossard (QC; CA), Taïla Khampo (QC; CA), Eric Gagnon (QC; CA), and Fabricio Lima (BRA), a playful encounter of illustrations and mapping projections.
Upper Gallery B (galerie supérieure B)
PASSING LIGHT by Naoto Hiéda, Jerome Delapierre, Michael Montanaro, Tatev Yesayan (QC; CA), a metal surface miraculously balances in a darkened room. As the human gets closer, the precarious balance is disrupted and affected by his or her presence, creating a cascade of light that falls into a black hole.
Upper Gallery C
UNFOLD 01 by Can Buyukberber (TUR), the Unfold series is an ongoing experimentation inspired by the morphogenesis phenomenon—the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape.
LINES by Alexandre Saulnier (FR) Blurring the lines between mapping and light installation, Lines takes over the venue’s architecture to produce a minimalist light structure that connects the various areas surrounding the mezzanine. The installation capitalizes on the audience’s movements in order to create moire optical effects.
EXTRA dans l’espace piscine et jardin extérieur
LASER de Hugo Laliberté, Joe Jeanson et Jean-Sébastien Baillat (seulement lors du vernissage)
Join speculative architect Liam Young and an all-seeing smart city operating system, as they take a tour in a driverless taxi through a network of software systems. They go through autonomous infrastructures, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine. Based on Young’s animated short “Where the City Can’t See” and shot entirely using laser scanners, the film is an audio-visual expedition to a city found somewhere between the present and the predicted, the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of real landscapes and designed urban fictions.
Hello, City! is a collage of clips and projects scavenged from the internet, Liam Young’s own research studio, “Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today,” and his collaborative studio, “Unknown Fields.”
Young’s work has been collected by institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has taught internationally at the Architectural Association, Princeton University and now runs an MA in Fiction and Entertainment at SciArc. Young’s narrative approach sits between documentary and fiction, as he focuses on projects that aim to reveal the invisible connections and systems that make the modern world work.
10 minute loop, Video HD
Soundtrack by: Roger Tellier Craig
Aires is a contemplative visit inside a structure which straddles the line between a sanctuary and a corporate space. It is a place that seems to have no purpose and which leads to nowhere. A presence is felt, but never seen. The house itself is alive: the walls are vibrating, the windows reflect abstract landscapes, the textures are constantly shifting. Created by mixing video synthesizers and 3D animation, this piece is a collage of different rooms slowly scrolling from right-to-left. The seamless juxtaposition of these interiors generates the illusion of a cohesive space while creating impossible perspectives.
Upper Gallery D: Portrait of an Artist
Marina Abramović, Tania Bruguera, Tracey Emin, Shirin Neshat, ORLAN, Yoko Ono, and Kiki Smith in conversation with Hugo Huerta-Marin
“A fascinating group of interviews with major women artists from around the world, Hugo Huerta Marin’s thoughtful Portrait of an Artist explores in an intimate and compelling way each artist’s practice and beliefs about power, celebrity, gender, and art. Huerta Marin puts himself on the line to embrace the power of these amazons of the art world. From radical feminist activists to conceptualists, sculptors to installation and performance artists, the work and ideas of these radical women represent the full range of contemporary art. Replete with numerous images and a “portrait” of each artist based on her lock of hair, Portrait of an Artist proves the absolute centrality of women’s practices to visual culture today.”
-Amelia Jones, American art historian, art critic and curator
Published by Anteism