http://textpattern.com/?v=4.2.0 Leisure Projects - events_and_projects http://www.leisuregallery.ca/ Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:03:53 GMT Time To Start Over Image: Glow of the Going, Glow of the Gone (2013), Leisure

…the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places.- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818

Time To Start Over, a group exhibition of recent works by artists Lauren Hall, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino and Leisure (Meredith Carruthers _ Susannah Wesley). Scientists suggest that we are entering a geological epoch, termed “the Anthropocene,” in which the natural world bears the unmistakable mark of the human hand. At the advent of this new history, works of sculpture, mixed-media assemblage and video befall the question of a human-made “nature” through history, fantasy, simulation and speculation.

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Image: Glow of the Going, Glow of the Gone (2013), Leisure

Time To Start Over
April 4 – Apr 21, 2013
Curated by Penelope Smart
Artists: Leisure, Lauren Hall, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino

NO FOUNDATION
Katharine Mulherin
1082 + 1086 Queen Street West, Toronto
Closing reception: Thursday April 18, 6-9pm

…the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places.- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818

NO FOUNDATION is pleased to present Time To Start Over, a group exhibition of recent works by artists Lauren Hall, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino and Leisure (Meredith Carruthers _ Susannah Wesley). Each of these works acts as an emblem of a new age. Scientists suggest that we are entering a geological epoch, termed “the Anthropocene,” in which the natural world bears the unmistakable mark of the human hand. At the advent of this new history, works of sculpture, mixed-media assemblage and video befall the question of a human-made “nature” through history, fantasy, simulation and speculation.

Beginning at the implausible moment of “now,” Time To Start Over implicates each of these works as an imminent finding from the evolving surface layer of history.

In the mix-media assemblage A thing wherein we feel there is some hidden want (2013), Glasgow-based artist Lauren Hall presents a miniature shoreline of dyed salt, beads, shells, soap, and a SAD lamp upon a glass dish. Drawing the work’s title from poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hall endears nature to trash and kitsch.

Mineral Specimen 12 (2011) by Toronto-based artist Jennifer Rose Sciarrino possesses present-day concerns of mimicry, material and surface. Sciarrino’s plastic geological mineral is a crystal carcass of an earthly treasure. The object’s artificiality challenges the beholder to deem it precious.

Glow of the Going, Glow of the Gone (2013) is a stop-motion animation video by Montreal-based duo Leisure (Meredith Carruthers _ Susannah Wesley). On a screen, the shadowy imprint of a hand moves over a plush, grey surface. Set beside a small clipping of a fur-lined, early Modernist bedroom, the video’s domestic interior engenders a surreal lunar exterior. Trapped in its own world, what does the human hand desire?

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http://www.leisuregallery.ca/events_and_projects/time-to-start-over Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:53:48 GMT leisure tag:www.leisuregallery.ca,2013-03-29:19a62f7e16765ade48034317fac58429/d9066984aa2b14a65d55f1d9f9894d08
A line/ Aligner workshop Image: A Line / Aligner at La Centrale galerie Powerhouse, Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley

A short presentation where participants are invited to share in the action of A Line, an adaptation based on Houdini’s Trewey’s Paper Rings and Lygia Clark’s Caminhando.

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Image: A Line / Aligner at La Centrale galerie Powerhouse, Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley

ALIGNER- A LINE ///
Artist-curator presentation Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 pm.
La Centrale galerie Powerhouse, 4296 St-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal

Join us this Wednesday at La Centrale galerie Powerhouse for a short presentation where participants are invited to share in the action of A Line, an adaptation based on Houdini’s Trewey’s Paper Rings and Lygia Clark’s Caminhando.

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A Line is a vitrine installation by Leisure (Meredith Carruthers _ Susannah Wesley). The short video and take-away poster is inspired by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark’s propositional action, Caminhando (Walking), 1963. A Line, at once an art and curatorial project, was commissioned for Out of Line, a multi-venue series of curated presentations focused on experimental drawing practices. Out of Line is produced by CARGO: Curatorial Group and developed by curator Renee Baert in collaboration with invited curators and participating venues.

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http://www.leisuregallery.ca/events_and_projects/a-line-aligner-workshop Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:02:39 GMT leisure tag:www.leisuregallery.ca,2013-01-21:19a62f7e16765ade48034317fac58429/4450239015afa520a7b27c5f1ef54cb8
A line / Aligner Image: A Line / Aligner video still, Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley

One pair of scissors is rusted and the screw connecting its two blades has been tightened too tightly. The other is new and orange handled, of the inexpensive variety available everywhere. The paper is a lightweight bond roll. Snip, snip, snip. The cutters bring an intensity and focus to their task. They seem determined to find this invisible line.

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Image: A Line / Aligner video still, Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley

Vitrine Project, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
4296 St-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal
On view: December 21st, 2012 to January 27th, 2013
Artist – curator presentation: Thursday January 24th, 6pm

A Line is a vitrine installation by Leisure (Meredith Carruthers _ Susannah Wesley). The short video and take-away poster is inspired by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark’s propositional action, Caminhando (Walking), 1963.

 A Line is part of Carruthers’ and Wesley’s ongoing investigation of collaborative process. Other works in this series include Folie à deux, 2009, on the evolution of a shared image library, and A shared puff, 2012, on the ephemeral nature of shared ideas.

A Line, at once an art and curatorial project, was commissioned for Out of Line, a multi-venue series of curated presentations focused on experimental drawing practices. Other projects being presented in early winter 2013 include Oil Stains (Dave Eppley) at galerie Oboro (curator Rachel Lafo) and Two Corners (Monika Gryzmala) at Arsenal (curator Renee Baert). Forthcoming projects include Two Vitrines by artist-curator Micah Lexier at the Belgo Building and a drawing installation-performance by Mumbai artist Nikhil Chopra.

Out of Line is produced by CARGO: Curatorial Group and developed by curator Renee Baert in collaboration with invited curators and participating venues.

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A Line

Two pairs of scissors cut a strip of paper. Both slice along an invisible line through the paper surface. Snip, snip, snip.

One pair of scissors is rusted and the screw connecting its two blades has been tightened too tightly. The other is new and orange handled, of the inexpensive variety available everywhere. The paper is a lightweight bond roll. Snip, snip, snip. The cutters bring an intensity and focus to their task. They seem determined to find this invisible line.

Approaching the centre of the paper strip, a negotiation arises. Will the scissors meet? Will the line end with a common snip; two halves of the paper falling to the floor? The cutters veer slightly. The paths diverge. Each, together, apart, follow their elusive line.

A double folded Möbius, the paper strip has irregular properties. If we imagine the neighbouring surfaces of the Möbius as labelled A and B, both cutters are pursing their desired lines across surface A.

As the cutters pass to surface B, things are a little more complicated; the desired lines pass through the middle of previously cut strips. In forward progression each cut line is increasingly entangled in its own previously cut tails and those cut by the other.

It is no longer clear who is cutting surface A, and who is cutting surface B. Each strip, cut through the middle, is cut through the middle again. A tangled mass spills below the cutters.

An original point of entry interrupts one line. As quickly as it was born, one invisible line disappears. The second line continues on, buried. Both cutters, tuned to one effort, negotiate the tangled body of paper hoping to uncover the end of the final line.

- Leisure: Meredith Carruthers, Susannah Wesley. Friday, September 7, 2012

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http://www.leisuregallery.ca/events_and_projects/a-line-aligner Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:54:00 GMT leisure tag:www.leisuregallery.ca,2012-12-01:19a62f7e16765ade48034317fac58429/d6f966c85b00793421c09a3cdfd0746f
K-Town continues... The Leisure tribute to Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting is part of the K-town karaoke extravaganza.

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The Leisure tribute to Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting will be part of the K-town karaoke extravaganza next Friday at La Galerie Trois Points, Montreal. Join us and the artists behind the project at Soirée K-Town, November 30.

La Galerie Trois Points
372, Sainte-Catherine Street West
Space 520
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1A2

K-Town is a roving video and performance project by Luke Painter and Meera Margaret Singh that transforms gallery spaces into karaoke lounges. Inspired by karaoke culture and the often disparate and melodramatic video content that accompanies singing in karaoke bars, artists have been invited to create video and animation content to musical hits of their choosing. Echoing the current and pervasive adaptation and transformation of on-line content, K-Town irreverently takes pre-existing popular songs and asks artists to remix and respond to them using a variety of visual means.

Participating artists include: Tanlinez (Alex McLeod _ Luke Painter), candy coffee (Elise Victoria Louise _ Alex McLeod), Edward Birnbaum and Michael Jacobs, Philippe Blanchard, Kotama Bouabane, Doug Buis, Jennifer Cherniack, Keith Cole and Julian Higuerey Núñez, Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley, Elvira Finnigan, Johanna Householder, Cry School Yearbook, Faith La Rocque, Derek Liddington, Amy Lockhart, Brianna Lowe, Alex McLeod, Wrik Mead, Jenn Norton, Luke Painter, Laura Paolini, Ryan Park, Lauren Pelc McArthur, Paulette Phillips, Zeesy Powers, Geoffrey Pugen and Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Jon Rafman, Meera Margaret Singh, Camilla Singh and Walter Willems, Jennie Suddick, Evan Tapper, Winnie Troung and Darren Rigo, Lisa Visser, Matthew Williamson, Collin Zipp

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http://www.leisuregallery.ca/events_and_projects/k-town-continues Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:45:23 GMT leisure tag:www.leisuregallery.ca,2012-11-23:19a62f7e16765ade48034317fac58429/122a28560fb846e125b0119befc7c7bf
Territoires sédimentés Territoires sédimentés / l’imaginaire dans l’appréhension du territoire
En effet, le territoire prête aisément ses flancs topographiques, sa configuration géographique, sa complexité écologique, sa durée historique et son charisme symbolique aux élans inventifs — parfois fantaisistes — des créateurs culturels. Labile dans son identité et pluriel dans son devenir potentiel, le territoire se révèle couche après couche comme la sédimentation cumulative de processus physiques et de représentations imaginaires.

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Territoires sédimentés / l’imaginaire dans l’appréhension du territoire

Table-ronde le vendredi 2 novembre à 14h à Sporobole
Bertrand Westphal, Jean-François Fortier, Leisure Projects, Luc Lévesque*

SPOROBOLE
74, rue Albert,
Sherbrooke (Québec)

Le centre en art actuel Sporobole propose une journée de réflexion sous forme de table ronde autour de la notion de territoire. Afin d’explorer comment le territoire peut être appréhendé dans l’imaginaire collectif et individuel, le centre est heureux d’accueillir quatre intervenants de milieux interdisciplinaires pour partager l’état de leurs recherches à ce sujet. La littérature, l’architecture, la sociologie et les arts visuels deviennent ainsi des vecteurs connivents le temps d’un après-midi pour aborder de façon originale et profonde une notion parfois prise pour acquise.

En effet, le territoire prête aisément ses flancs topographiques, sa configuration géographique, sa complexité écologique, sa durée historique et son charisme symbolique aux élans inventifs — parfois fantaisistes — des créateurs culturels. Labile dans son identité et pluriel dans son devenir potentiel, le territoire se révèle couche après couche comme la sédimentation cumulative de processus physiques et de représentations imaginaires.

L’évènement Territoires sédimentés sera donc l’occasion d’explorer divers modèles théoriques et outils d’analyse qui peuvent être employés dans les disciplines culturelles pour rendre compte de la complexité multivalente du territoire.

Bertrand Westphal
Professeur de littérature générale et comparée à l’Université de Limoges en France, Bertrand Westphal est l’auteur et l’instigateur de la « Géocritique » qui se veut une nouvelle approche des représentations spatiales en littérature. Cette intervention sera une occasion de situer la géocritique dans le paysage théorique intégrant les études de représentation spatiale telles que la géographie culturelle, mais aussi et principalement, il sera question d’approches telles que la géopoétique et l’écocritique. Ce sera l’occasion de réfléchir sur ce qui fait des territoires des espaces en voie de sédimentation qui n’existent qu’à travers leur faculté à s’ouvrir sur l’innovation et à accepter leur nature fluide, vouée à la déterritorialisation.

Jean-François Fortier
Doctorant en sociologie et enseignant au Cégep de Sherbrooke dans cette discipline, Jean-François Fortier propose une approche sociohistorique du territoire comme modalité spécifique de spatialisation. Son analyse critique de la notion d’espace comme une « véritable institution sociale », tel que
définie par le sociologue Durkeim, aura des impacts sur notre compréhension du processus de déterritorialisation de ce que nous nommons aujourd’hui
le Québec.

Leisure Projects
Le duo de commissaires Leisure Projects, formé des artistes montréalaises Meredith Carruthers et Susannah Westley, s’intéresse à la notion de territoire comme lieu de création d’où émerge un mélange narratif entre réalité et fiction. Leurs pratiques commissariales ont mené à des échanges entre les recherches sur des lieux au sein desquels les données du passé sont réintégrées dans l’acte artistique qui expose une narration fictive dans un espace réel. À cet effet, elles donneront l’occasion d’évaluer comment notre imaginaire collectif peut rajouter une couche de sens à notre compréhension du territoire.

Luc Lévesque
Architecte et professeur en histoire et théorie des pratiques architecturales au département d’histoire de l’Université Laval, Luc Lévesque explore une approche intersticielle du paysage avec diverses références de l’histoire contemporaine de l’aménagement et des dynamiques brutes trouvées dans des espaces urbains. Il profitera également de cette occasion afin d’examiner de quelle façon la notion de paysage peut devenir un vecteur stratégique de projet, comme le démontre son récent séjour pour un séminaire de maîtrise sur le concept de paysage à l’Université d’État d’Haïti à Port-au-Prince.

17h
Lancement de la publication du 3e impérial, Centre d’essai en art actuel :
CHAMPS D’INTÉRÊT : infiltrer, habiter, spéculer [ III ]

Conception de la table ronde / Gentiane Bélanger, Geneviève Chevalier, Maria Chelkowska, Kavin Hébert et Myriam Yates
Coordination / Maria Chelkowska et Myriam Yates

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http://www.leisuregallery.ca/events_and_projects/territoires-sedimentes Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:44:00 GMT leisure tag:www.leisuregallery.ca,2012-11-01:19a62f7e16765ade48034317fac58429/84fa560bfc6d2121930c0b653113a12f