In a parallel activity to the launch of the Mackenzie Stroh Carte Blanche , Leisure Projects investigates the social history of the Hotel de la Montagne lobby and nightclub. In a self-guided tour including ivory-tusked elephants, golden crocodiles and Grecian portraits, Leisure explores the constructed atmosphere of Hotel de la Montagne, re-appropriating its contents as an exhibition of hotel decor.
WHITE CARD to_to Mackenzie Stroh
Mackenzie Stroh is a photo-based artist and freelance photographer based in New York City. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1998 and her Masters of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal in 2003. Her artistic practice deals primarily with contemporary portraiture and her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Canada and the US. Since 1999, She has photographed editorial commissions for many publications, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine (London), and The New York Times Magazine. For more information go to www.mackenziestroh.com.
Over the last two years, Mackenzie Stroh has been documenting the lives of individuals who are undergoing reconstructive surgery due to illness. The portraits (Reconstructive Surgery Portraits) examines the transformation of several patients at various stages of recovery, before and after surgery. This work is a collaboration between the artist, a leading reconstructive surgeon in Manhattan and his patients. As many patients undergo treatment over several years, the process of documenting their physical and emotional changes is a long-term endeavor. At this time it remains a work in progress.
Carte Blanche is a free broadsheet produced by the Association of Contemporary Art Galleries of Montreal (AGAC). Its mandate is to promote the work of contemporary artists, expand existing artistic communities and create new connections between contemporary art and its audiences. CARD WHITE is distributed in contemporary art in Montreal, New York, Brooklyn, Toronto & Ottawa.