Olivia Boudreau | Diane Morin | Nadia Myre | Dominique Pétrin | Jon Rafman
Olivia Boudreau is an artist whose practice combines video and performance in works that explore perception, temporality and the visible through the long take and, more recently, narrative structure and editing. Her formal training was done at the École des arts visuels and médiatiques de l’UQAM. Initially a dancer and a painter she moved into video after her graduate advisor suggested she experiment with that medium. As a graduate student she produced the first of a series of durational based works involving her own body that were immediately recognized beyond the confines of the university for their uncompromising and sustained investigation of perception and time. Her video installation L’Étuve—a large scale study of five women in a steam room—was a focal point of the last Québec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain in 2011. Boudreau has done residencies in Europe that have yielded such works at Le Bain, Les Petits, Mur and Intérieurs and exhibited at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Galerie de l’UQAM, Optica, Dazibao, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto and at Le Fresnoy in France. Her work is in public and private collections. She was the recipient of the Prix Pierre-Ayot de la Ville de Montréal in 2011. Earlier this year she became the first participant in the newly launched Leonard & Bina Ellen Program in Support of Artistic Production for the realization of the 245-hour performance Lying Bodies, Standing Bodies.
IMAGE: Femme allongée, 2014, Video projection, colour, sound, Duration: 12 min. 41 sec. Video still: Olivia Boudreau
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Diane Morin was born in 1974 in Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska and lives and works in Montréal. She studied in Rivière-du-Loup and then at Université Laval. In 2003 she completed a master’s degree in fine arts with a focus on open media at Concordia University in Montréal. Since 1998, she has created installations linking her artistic practice with kinetic art and new media.
Her work has been seen in solo and group shows in Finland, Norway, Montréal and elsewhere in Canada. In addition, she has carried out artistic residencies under the SUMU artists in residency program at the Arte artists' association in Turku, Finland (2011), the independent study program at the Konsthögskolan Valand in Göteborg, Sweden (2009-10), and in the Finnish Artists Studio Foundation in Espoo, Finland (2008). In 2012 her work was exhibited in the 6th edition of the Manif d’Art, organized around the topic Machine. At CIRCA in 2013 she developed the automatic projection apparatus Imbrication (machine à réduire le temps), a “shadow theatre” in which she explored space, the object and time. In June 2013, at the CLARK gallery, she presented Le grand calculateur I (apprendre à compter), a kinetic installation based on a system of mechanical pulleys and electric current and illustrating the logic of the binary calculation used in computer technology. She presented the second version of this work at L’Oeil de Poisson in Québec City in November 2013.
IMAGE: imbrication (machines à réduire le temps), 2012-2013, dimensions variables (mur approx. 800 cm long), Collection de l'artiste.
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Nadia Myre (b. 1974) is a visual artist from Quebec and an Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg. For over a decade, her multi-disciplinary practice has been inspired by participant involvement as well as recurring themes of identity, language, longing and loss. Myre is a graduate from Camosun College (1995), Emily Carr (1997), and Concordia University (MFA, 2002), and a recipient of numerous grants and awards, notably: Pratt & Whitney Canada’s ‘Les Elles de l’art’ for the Conseil des arts de Montréal (2011), Quebec Arts Council’s Prix à la création artistique pour la region des Laurentides (2009), and a prestigious Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum (2003). In 2011 Myre was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Recent solo exhibitions include: Meditations on Black Lake (gallery Art Mûr, Montreal), Nadia Myre: Symbology (Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa), Skin Tissue –as part of Hides: Skin as Material and Metaphor, (National Museum of American Indian, Manhattan), and Landscapes of Sorrow and Other New Work (gallery Art Mûr, Montreal). Her work was selected for the 2011 Montréal Biennale, and will be presented in the 2012 Sydney Biennial.
IMAGE:Meditations on Red, 2012, Digital print, 122 x 122cm
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Dominique Pétrin is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. In visual arts as well as performance, her interests converge towards producing altered states of conscience and perception, be it through cognitive or visual illusions, or, for her performances, the use of hypnosis. Since last year, her work has taken monumental proportions in the wrapping of a subway station and several other buildings in Montreal. A former member of the band Les Georges Leningrad, she also collaborated with such renowned artists as Sophie Calle, Pil and Galia Kolletiv, songwriter Pierre Lapointe and choregrapher Antonija Livingstone. She staged performances at the Frieze Art Fair in London, at the Désordres Festival in Lille, MUTEK, Viva! and Rouyn-Noranda’s Performance Biennale. She was rewarded with visual art grants from both Quebec and Canada Art Councils in 2012 and 2013. She was recently awarded the Antrev Habland Award to attend Art Omi International Artists’ Residency program this summer in New York. She also conducted an artist residency in Nunavik funded by the Quebec Council for the Arts, participated in the 29th Contemporary Art Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, and was selected for the last installment of the Quebec Triennial at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, in France and the United Kingdom.
IMAGE: #pizzaparty, 2013, Silkscreened paper installation, 300cm x 463cm x 427cm. Photo credit: Rémi Thériault
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Jon Rafman is an artist and filmmaker born in 1981 in Montreal. He received his BA in English from McGill University and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited at the New Museum, New York, the Palais de Tokyo, the Saatchi Gallery in London, and the Fridericianum, in Kassel (DE). Inspired by the rich contradictions that technology presents, much of Rafman's work engages with the effects of digital media on individual consciousness and social and cultural memory. His work has been has been featured in Modern Painters, Frieze, Art in America, The New York Times, and Artforum.
IMAGE: Venice-O'Keeffe Lobby, 2013, Fabric, Acrylic Paint, Objects, 300cm x 150cm. Photo credit: American Medium
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