The Belgo Report » Uncategorized News and reviews of art exhibitions in the Belgo Building Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:12:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Identity Today: Tous décavés, Isabelle Le Minh at SBC Gallery Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:12:24 +0000 Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art | space 507
Isabelle Le Minh
Tous décavés
September 10 – October 17, 2015

This is no longer the digital age, the information age, or any other bygone term we have tucked away into our box of landline telephones, bookstores and handwritten letters. Rather, this is the age of a desperation to transmit every aspect of our lives through a screen, to preserve it in something totally public and totally intangible.

Le Minh modernises and interprets the work of late 19th century biometrics researcher Alphonse Bertillon, inventor of an identification system based on physicalities and the mug shot, as well as the bodily impressions of Yves Klein.

For “Anthropometrié sans titre,” 1961, Klein covered nude models in paint and instructed them to drag and press their bodies across the canvas. In Le Minh’s “Digitométrie, After Yves Klein,” the blown-up impressions of dragged fingerprints in a soft purple hue lose the sensuality and spontaneity felt in Klein’s piece, replaced by a lonely image of an iPad screen that needs cleaning. Yet is there not beauty in the sweeping brushstrokes and unique pattern of our own skin? We are making our mark on the world, no matter the surface.

Le Minh draws from Bertillon with her collection of facial features and profiles, pieces of people taken from Facebook. The repetition and fragmentation strips identities, a raised eyebrow or lip curl only offering up hints, and the work becomes as curiously addictive as the scanning and clicking of the website itself.

Tous décavés propels an examination of our own interactions with technology and identity. Part of Le Minh’s show includes colorful, supersized QR codes entombed in plexiglass. Viewers are encouraged to take out their smartphones in order to decipher the works’ messages, but, as Le Minh may have anticipated, chances are they already were. This piece, and ultimately the show, forces a nervous but necessary ‘what does this say about who we are?

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Overview: Fall Season Schedule in the Belgo Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:38:21 +0000 image: Paul Wong, Year of Gif, (2013)

It may still be sweltering outside, but the Belgo is slowly coming back to life after taking a summer break. Most galleries were closed during the months of July and August, and it’s been eerily quiet in the building. But all this week the smell of fresh paint is wafting through the air, and the sounds of drilling and hammering can be heard at all hours. The first exhibitions are opening this Saturday, with the majority of openings on September 12th.

Here is a list of what’s on offer in the galleries of the Belgo in the next few weeks:

Art 45 | space 220
Cohen – Ruwedel – Grauerholz
Scotiabank Phototgraphy Award x3
September 11 – October 17, 2015

PFOAC 221 | space 221
Marc Audette, Diane Génier, François Chalifour
curator: Richard Gagnier
August 29 – October 3, 2015
Vernissage: August 29 from 2pm – 5pm

Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain | space 216
Roberto Pellegrinuzzi
August 29 – October 17, 2015
Vernissage: September 12th from 3pm to 5:30pm

Hugues Charbonneau | space 308
Benoit Aquin, Alain Paiement, Jonathan Plante, Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau (Séripop)
L’image signée
September 3 to October 3, 2015
Vernissage: September 12, from 3 to 5pm

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
Centre des arts actuels Skol | space 314
Christina Battle
September 10 – October 10, 2015

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
Galerie B-312 | space 403
Liam Maloney
September 10 – October 10, 2015

Galerie Laroche/Joncas | space 410
Lesley Anderson
Inhabited Likeness
September 9 – October 17, 2015

Gallery 411 | space 411
Black Days, Red Nights
August 29 – September 11, 2015
Vernissage: August 29, 2015, 1pm – 5pm

Galerie Luz | space 418
Katharine Asals, Louise Elie, Felix Bernier, Ariane de Palacio, Pierre Tousignant, Benoit Robert
Daniel Lalonde
September 2 – 26, 2015
Vernissage: September 5, 2015, 2pm – 5pm

Visual Voice Gallery | space 421
Melanie Hoff
15,000 Volts
September 10 – October 18, 2015
Vernissage: September 12, 2015, 2pm – 5pm

Arprim | space 426
Tara Cooper & Terry O’Neill
September 11 – October 10, 2015

Circa art actuel | space 444
Colin Lyons: A Modern Cult of Monuments
Carole Baillargeon: Été, Paysages-Vêtements
August 29 – October 3, 2015
Vernissage: August 29, 2015, 3pm

Galerie Roger Bellemare / Galerie Christian Lambert | spaces 501, 502
Alleyn, Alloucherie, Borduas, Bush, Dallaire, Ewen, Ferron, Gagnon, Gauvreau, Heward, La Rue, Leduc, Letendre, Maclean, Merrill, Molinari, Mousseau, Riopelle, Verret
Vos Papiers
August 22 – September 26, 2015
Vernissage: August 22, 2015, 2pm – 5pm

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art | space 507
Isabelle Le Minh
Tous décavés
September 10 – October 17, 2015
Vernissage: September 12, 2015, 2:30pm – 5pm

Galerie Dominique Bouffard | space 508
Stéphanie Morissette
L’inquiète forêt
September 3 – 26, 2015
Vernissage: September 3, 2015, 5pm

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
Galerie Joyce Yahouda | space 516
Paul Wong
September 10 – October 10, 2015
Vernissage: September 12, 2015, 2pm

Galerie Trois Points | space 520
Milutin Gubash
Ordinary Folk
August 29 – October 3, 2015
Vernissage: August 29, 2015

Les Territoires | space 527
Daisuke Yokota
Hajra Waheed
Paulien Barbas
Le Polygraphe
September 4 – 26, 2015
Vernissage: September 12, 2015, 2pm

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HAVRE, KOLAKIS & RUBY at Galerie Donald Browne Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:45:39 +0000 Exhibition: June 20 – August 30, 2015

Curation is the rage. Everything is curated in our lives whether we like it or not. Our choices are made for us without knowledge of otherness.

Uncurated is to explore the wild, savage, or the undomesticated and help us accept pluralism to validate and accept different points of view.
Jérome Havre’s work is a social and cultural critic in response to our context. His visual assemblages by forms and materials create a dialogue between ethnographic and environmental spheres. Allowing spectators to interrogate their own reasoning by analogy.

Jérôme Ruby is fascinated by the savage utopia (Amiable Sauvages, 2012). Creatures are living in a world without rules or morality beyond our imaginations.

Valérie Kolakis continually inverts our perceptions and requires us to scramble to understand her games in her undoing of modernist dogmas with a wild witty sensibility.

The spectator becomes the curator – looking for connections to the art world and their own world.

(Text: Galerie Donald Browne)
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Exhibition Round-Up Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:23:59 +0000 A round-up of exhibitions which are open right now in the galleries of the Belgo building.

Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Kent Monkman
Urban Res
November 14 – December 20, 2014

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau
Alain Paiement
November 15 – December 20, 2014

Centre des arts actuels Skol
Dong-Kyoon Nam
Vacant Living
November 21 – December 20, 2014

Galerie B-312
What Goes Around Comes Around
November 20 – December 20, 2014

Galerie Lilian Rodgriguez
Aidan Pontarini
Hairy Larry Harakiri
November 8 – December 20, 2014

Galerie Laroche/Joncas
Gilles Mihalcean
New Sculptures
November 12 – December 20, 2014

Espace Robert Poulin
Kim Moodie

Galerie Luz
Nadine Bourgeois, Anne-Marie Giroux, Jason Gilligham,
Marilyn Rubenstein, Nathalie Savoie, Sylvie Adams,
Reza Barnisadre, Josée Lebeau, Beverly Farley
November 26 – December 20, 2014

Visual Voice Gallery
Bill Finger
Ground Control
October 29 – November 29, 2014

Galerie POPOP
Alice Collombon, Kristofer Dompierre, Sarai Guerra Cruz,
Seonjeong Kim, Laurence Malette, Jonathan Sardelis
Charting the Interior
November 26 – 29, 2014

Circa art actuel
Exposition bénéfice
October 18 – November 29, 2014

Galerie Roger Bellemare, Galerie Christian Lambert
Pascal Dufaux, Mathieu Gaudet, Dominic Papillon
November 15 – December 20, 2014

SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
Pablo Sigg
I, Of Whom I Know Nothing
November 25 – 29, 2014

Galerie Dominique Bouffard
Federico Carbajal: Architectures Anatomiques
Sylvain Lessard: Villes: Les Pictogrammes
November 8 – December 6, 2014

Galerie Joyce Yahouda
Anthony Haden-Guest: Anthony Haden-Guest
Benjamin Klein: Generator
Céline B. La Terreur: Le salon de la terreur
Perry Bard: Out My Window, Down the Alley, Around the Corner and Up the Block
November 27 2014 – January 17, 2015

Galerie Trois Points
Luke Painter: Hither and Thither
Evergon, Richard Mill, Natalie Reis, Natascha Niederstrass: Cas de figure
November 22 – December 20, 2014

Galerie Nicolas Robert
Philippe Caron-Lefebvre, Chloé Desjardins, Marc Dulude, Emily Hermant, Jennifer Lupien, Mitch Mitchell, Roland Poulin, Yannick Pouliot, Simone Rochon
Sculptor’s Drawings
November 1 – 29, 2014

Galerie Donald Browne
Emanuel Licha
in camera
November 1 – December 20, 2014

Galerie Les Territoires
Caroline Mauxion: peu n’est pas rien
Julie Escoffier: À l’Ombre de Mouche
November 21 – December 20, 2014


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François Morelli – Volute at Galerie Joyce Yahouda Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:52:09 +0000 Francois Morelli’s exhibition at Joyce Yahouda titled Volute, feels as though you have fallen through time and landed in a tiny surrealist universe. 10 year’s worth of artwork is on display in myriad incarnations: sculptures, large and small-scale drawings, books, stamps, video, and photo-documentation. Morelli’s work “explores the legacy of surrealist and conceptual sculpture” and thankfully escapes the temptations of nostalgia. His drawn and stamped figures are especially contemporary. Displayed all along the walls, they dance and writhe with emotive contraptions encompassing their heads that use the same visual language as his wire sculptures.

Morelli’s ‘spinning top’ wire form is a recurring theme in his sculptural and illustrated pieces. The word that rests foremost in my mind is turbulence. In his artist statement, he references the poetry of W. B. Yeates and ‘Gyres’ – the islands of plastic in our oceans – as inspirations for the form. It seems they also denote time and space. The spiraling sculptures seem like black holes absorbing or expelling everyday items like lights, plungers, and canes, although I can’t say that I encounter life-size doll heads on too regular a basis. Still, the spiral is a simple form with great depth in meaning and versatility, and in defense of the heads, they echo his drawings, or vice-versa.

The part of the exhibition I enjoyed most was the deep level of engagement supplied by the opportunity to interact with the drawn works. The gallery provides gloves so the viewer can leaf through smaller drawings hung on the walls as well as sketch diaries. I wonder why the sculptures were not placed on the floor (as in previous exhibitions); the elevated presentation of the sculptures made them feel more like artifacts.

Irrational actions and chance events were extremely important to the Dada and Surrealist movements. Morelli’s video performance work continues this sentiment as he measures the portion of Rue Ontario in his neighbourhood of Hochelaga Maisonneuve using a yardstick and a skateboard. In the process, strangers approached him to ask what he was doing, and in this random interaction, Morelli was able to get to know his community more intimately, something extremely important to him.

In interviews Morelli has spoken about his very direct relationship to art, and how he does not draw a line between his practice in the studio, gallery, or elsewhere. To him, the process should be fluid and undivided, and so taking to the street was another way of accessing a new space using familiar concepts. Overall, an admirable and humorous endeavor.

Volute is on show at Galerie Joyce Yahouda until November 1st and is accompanied by a video artwork by Alana Riley.

Galerie Joyce Yahouda, space 516
François Morelli
September 27th – November 1st

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Showing Right Now in the Belgo Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:00:45 +0000 Art45
Angela Grauerholz
Spetember 9 – November 1, 2014

Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Chih-Chien Wang
Distance to See
September 25 – November 1, 2014

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau
Jean-Benoit Pouliot
October 4 – November 8, 2014

Galerie B-312
Charles Guilbert: Les Dehors
Matthieu Sabourin: Élémentaire
October 9 – November 15, 2014

Galerie Lilian Rodriguez
Catherine Béliveau, Sophia Burke, Coco Guzman, Daniel Lahaise, Lux Linder, Jean-Michel Leclerc, Mariana Semino, Monica van Aspen, Z’otz Collective
100% Dessin !!
September 27 – November 1, 2014

Galerie Laroche/Joncas
Benjamin King
Various Deposits
October 8 – November 8, 2014

Espace Robert Poulin
Mirana Zuger
September 25 – November 1, 2014

Galerie Luz
Mïze Piuze: Identity
Diane Poirier: Being of Ink and Light
Claudine Sauvé: Flore (prologue)
Pierre Tousignant: Country
François Miville-Deschênes: Underground Abstract
Jihane Mossalim: Through the Eyes of Horror
October 1 – 25, 2014

Visual Voice Gallery
Dawn Roe
No One Was With Her When She Died
October 9 – 25, 2014

Galerie Roger Bellemare, Galerie Christian Lambert
Stéphane La Rue
September 27 – November 8, 2014

SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
Goldin + Senneby
M & A
September 27 – November 22, 2014

Galerie Dominique Bouffard
Sébastian Maltais
Jouer la Game
October 4 – November 1, 2014

Galerie Joyce Yahouda
François Morelli: Volute
Alana Riley: Motivation
September 27 – November 1, 2014

Galerie Trois Points
Elmyna Bouchard: Exercise de délicatesse
Fiene Scharp: Out Of Focus
October 11 – November 15, 2014

Galerie Donald Browne
Jim Holyoak, Matt Shane, Chathrine Dahl, Ørjan Aas, Ola Jonsrund, Gowara Minsa
Six Ghosts Spell Unknown Alphabet
September 17 – October 25, 2014

Les Territoires
October 4 – 25, 2014

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Open and Closed in the Belgo Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:25:32 +0000 Ed Pien at Pierre-François Ouellet Art Contemporain
Ed Pien at Pierre-François Ouellet Art Contemporain

Summer in the city. While Place-des-arts is buzzing with noisy festivals and sunburned tourists, the Belgo’s corridors are more tranquil than usual. But a few galleries are still open, presenting an alluring selection of group shows.

Here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed in the Belgo building:

Art45, space 220

Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, space 216
Current Show: John Landon, Ed Pien, Chih-Chien Wang, Dil Hildebrand, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi
Until August 16, 2014

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, space 308
Closed until July 28, 2014

Skol, space 314
Current show: Skool – Summer Research Residency | Marking Space: A Drawing Research Lab
June 9 – August 22, 2014

Galerie B-312, space 403
Closed until September 5, 2014

Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, space 405
Closed until September 9, 2014

Galerie Laroche/Joncas, space 410
Closed until August 1, 2014

Espace Robert Poulin, space 411
Current show: Décompensation chromatique
July 5 – August 16, 2014

Galerie Luz, space 416
Current show: Josée Charbonneau, Cécile Comblen, Elaine Saheurs, Steek
July 2 – 26, 2014

Galerie Visual Voice, space 421
Current show: Bettina Forget – Astronomique
Visits by appointment until August 16, 2014

Arprim, space
Closed until September

Circa, space 444
Closed until August 30, 2014

Galerie Roger Bellemare, Galerie Christian Lambert, space 501 & 502

SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, space 507
Closed until September 27, 2014

Galerie Dominique Bouffard, space 508
Closed until July 26, 2014

Galerie Joyce Yahouda, space 516
Closed until July 26, 2014

Galerie Trois Points, space 520
Current show: Elmyna Bouchard, Marie-Claude Bouthillier, Marinet & Texereau, Julie Ouellet, Natalie Reis, Nikola Röthemeyer – Entrelacs
July 5 – August 23, 2014

Galerie Nicolas Robert, space 524
Andréanne Godin, Pierre Julien, Christian Knudsen, Joe Lima, Martin Schop and Jim Verburg – Blanc comme neige
June 7 – August 30, 2014

Galerie Donald Browne, space 528
Current show: Raymonde April, Louis Fortier, Olivier Gariépy, Shari Hatt, Jenna Meyers, Jérôme Ruby - Testostérone : Mythologies Identitaires
July 12 – September 6, 2014

Les Territoires, space 527
Closed until July 31, 2014


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Afterimage by Jim Verburg at Galerie Nicolas Robert Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:29:33 +0000 Jim Verburg at Galerie Nicolas Robert

This month Galerie Nicolas Robert is presenting the exhibition Afterimage by artist Jim Verburg. In this series of new works Verburg explores the complexities of light and shadow using the restrained monochromatic palette of white and black.

The artist created this body of work by rolling ink onto glass objects, which are then printed in multiple layers onto newsprint. Other techniques include the use of charcoal and powdered graphite which is applied to sections of translucent tape, and then transferred onto paper or sheets of semi-transparent mylar mounted on a black background.

The pieces presented in this show are moody and reflective. I felt like I was walking along the moors on a foggy morning, my vision obscured by the soft degradation of ink and charcoal that make up the landscape. Only a momentary piercing of sunlight cuts through the fog and gives shape to the shadows.

Verburg also makes use of transparent tape in his “Untitled” works (referred to as ‘the line between’ 1# and #2). These pieces remind me of wood grain, with their repeated straight lines dividing the picture plane into horizontal and vertical sections. They  are in stark contrast to the softer pieces using ink and shadow.

In another display of contrast, the artist has layered rectangular sheets of mylar onto a black background. The sheets are superimposed, with one sheet in particular tilting to the right. This gives the piece a three dimensional quality that draws the viewer’s focus towards the center of the image.

This body of abstract, minimalist works is both enigmatic and mysterious.

Galerie Nicolas Robert, space 524
Jim Verburg
April 19 to May 24, 2014

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Friday’s Favourite Four Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:44:35 +0000 The Belgo Report

This week’s selection of four artworks you should see in the Belgo building are all questioning or redefining First Nations art. Clockwise from top left:

Itee Pootoogook at Pierre-François Ouellet Art Contemporain, Ed Pien at Pierre-François Ouellet Art Contemporain, Anne Cherix at Visual Voice Gallery, Maria Hupfield at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art


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5 Questions and a Sketch: Sophia Burke Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:24:58 +0000 Sophia Burke at Les Territoires

For this week’s 5 Questions and a Sketch column we’ve peered into the mind of Vancouver native Sophia Burke, who is currently showing her delicious series of images Sweet Mementos at Les Territoires.

What is the first artwork you fell in love with?
A Felix Gonzales-Torres piece – Untitled (Blood) from 1992. I had many flings before that, but this was my first time really in love. The piece is a plastic bead curtain all in red. When I experienced it, the piece was installed so that you had to walk through the piece to continue on through the gallery. As you pull back the curtain, the weight of these plastic beads triggered a very emotional experience for me.

When (or if) you get stuck in your creative process, what do you do to get going again?
I clean, I swim, I sing country music and if that doesn’t work I go for a walk or watch a Robert Altman movie.
Where would you like to be a fly on the wall?
Hmm, I would really love to see a ball, like the ones shown in the documentary “Paris is Burning”. I would probably need to be a fly to get in. 

What book would you recommend I read next?
I recently read “Going Clear” by Lawrence Wright on the history of Scientology. I would definitely recommend that. It’s an impressively researched non-fiction book that reads like a hollywood movie, thanks to all of the real-life kidnapping, fraud and celebrity cameos. Otherwise for dream-like fiction I would say “The Rings of Saturn” by W. G. Sebald. 

What is your current pet peeve?
The dripping faucet in my kitchen. Its true. It really is, its awful. I need to get it fixed.

Complete this picture:

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The Belgo Report - Sophie Burke

Sophia Burke received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University with distinction in design and photography. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, France, Japan and the United States. She received the Charles C. Gurd Award from Concordia University allowing her to participate in a residency at Vermont Studio Center during October 2012. The online magazine Wondereur recently published her work. Sophia Burke (a Vancouver native) lives and works in Montreal.

Les Territoires, space 527
Sophia Burke
Sweet Mementos
January 3 – 25, 2014

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