Sculpture, You Ask?

Rethink sculpture? The question is addressed to us, obviously, those of us who reflect on art. Critical thought, somewhat like the fire brigade, always comes late: we try to keep up to date with reality’s transformations, its upheavals. But when we realize that critical thought no longer holds true, we tend to want to reinvent…

Man and Machine in Sculpture and in War Alike

Prologue The history of every art form shows critical epochs in which a certain art form aspires to effects which could be fully obtained only with a changed technical standard, that is to say, in a new art form. The extravagances and crudities of art which thus appear, particularly in the so-called decadent epochs, actually…

Soundscape as material

Public art is generally associated with the visual arts. We think spontaneously of the many sculptures that are present in our parks and public buildings due to application of the Government of Quebec’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement. Photography also comes to mind: for a number of years, through its Plan…

Monoceros: of the Earth, for the Stars (a meditation on the concretized magyck of FASTWÜRMS)

Since 2003, following the recommendations of a multi-levelled, multi-bureaucracy, multi-year study (too many cooks, too many spoons), the city of Toronto has implemented the Percent for Public Art Program – the goal of the program being to compel new private sector buildings to spend a minimum of 1% of their gross construction costs on the…

Derya Akay: Material Hangings, Hangouts

Derya Akay’s work begins at the point where medium distinctions —familiar terms such as sculpture, photography, painting or installation— dissolve, intermingle and flavour one another. The languages of cooking and gardening—open-endedness, warmth and socialization— characterize Akay’s approach to art-making. As a result, the confines of the traditional gallery space fade away, and the meandering networks…

If You Are So Smart, Why Aint’ You Rich?

Conceived of as a parallel exhibition to the 5th Marrakech Biennale, the group show If You Are So Smart, Why Aint’ You Rich?  sought to examine, as the title suggests, the growing discrepancy between the nebulous notion of quantifiable knowledge (as well as its production and dissemination) and the individual loss of economic value thereof…

Hua Jin: Conversing in the Passing of Time

FOFA Gallery, Concordia University Montreal February 24— March 28, 2014   Artistic depictions of mountains usually conjure visions of enormity. However, Chinese artist Hua Jin privileges the small over the sublime in her solo exhibition of two vividly contrasting, mixed-media mountain landscapes, Conversing in the Passing of Time, at Concordia University’s FOFA (Faculty of Fine…

Redress?

Can we heal our wounds? And to do so, must we relegate them to oblivion or consign them to a form of liberating reconciliation? In recent years at the political level, we have seen the Canadian government issue apologies to various communities who have suffered from the state’s past indiference. Financial compensation often accompanies these apologies. For example (…)

Emotions and Visual Arts

Art as a fictional presence has always encouraged the expression of artistic emotions. Whether it is through theatre, fiction writing, music, painting, sculpture, photography, film or video, human beings as readers, spectators or viewers are inclined to be moved. And while an emotional experience is always encouraged in many artistic categories, this was not always…

Dominique Sirois, Deux cannibales, 2015

Dominique Sirois lives and works in Montreal, she holds a degree from University of Quebec in Montreal in visual art (MFA 2010). Her practice takes the form of installation involving an interplay of sculptures, videos, sounds and prints. With her projects, Sirois creates mental spaces, semiotic constructions linking economic, aesthetic, archeologic and digital references. Often…