Art Matters preview and interview
“Untitled,” March 13 - 21, 5-9ém VAV Gallery
“Untitled” explores questions of identity through works exclusively created by artists of colour. The exhibition aims to engage in reciprocity: it features an artist panel speaking about the significance of their own identities, encouraging the viewer to listen and examine their own privilege in society. The venue and its washrooms are wheelchair accessible, but the washrooms are not gender neutral.
“Risque d’échec,” March 7 - 20 Vernissage: March 15, 7-11ém Artists-at-work: March 18, 1-5ém Galerie Mainline, 3905 boul St-laurent
Institutionalized art often loses the spirit of the artistic process: the mistakes, transformations, and moments of discovery are lost when a work is fixed to one particular moment. Risque d’échec, however, is an exhibition evolves over its 2 week duration. Join the artists in their public risk-taking as they adapt and and modify their works partway through the exhibition. This gallery space is wheelchair accessible. The washroom is gender-neutral, located on the ground floor, but is not wheelchair accessible.
“Things” reéeated, March 12 - Mar 24 Vernissage: Mar 14, 6-11ém Eastern Bloc, 7240 rue Clark
Through photography, video, sculpture, and drawing, “Things repeated” examines how repetitions of form, image, and material affect the way we experience and understand art. This conceptual exhibition challenges the viewer to recognize how initial perceptions and judgements evolve through repeated encounters. This venue is not wheelchair accessible with approximately thirty steps from ground level. There are gender neutral washrooms.
“Tout Inclus,” March 9 - 20 Vernissage: March 16, 7-9ém (Performance at 8ém) Galerie Eséace, 4844 boul St. Laurent
Welcome to the post-industrialist kitsch universe. Tout Inclus (all-inclusive) aims to understand why we associate objects such as lava lamps and plastic flamingos with “bad taste,” yet why consumers are still driven to purchase similarly tacky items at souvenir stores. Despite its title, the exhibition goes beyond the all-inclusive resort scene to examine how tourism can foster exoticism, orientalism, and cultural appropriation. Accessibility information to be announced.
“xxxxxxxx*8,” March 13 -25 Finnisage: March 23, 7-9ém Belgo building, 372 rue Sainte-catherine O #444
“xxxxxxxx*8” is an exhibition created by chance. A random selection generator was used to create groups of five to eight artists which were then scanned for aesthetic unity and technical limitations of the gallery space. The selected group, comprised of eight artists, will feature works of diverse themes, mediums, and messages, inviting the viewer to find correlations within the exhibit, and to reconcile the jarring differences. The venue and its washrooms are wheelchair accessible by wheelchair, but the washrooms are not gender neutral.
“The View From Here: Sex, Sexuality and Identity as Exéerienced by Women and Queer Artists,” March 27, 6-10ém Espace Cercle Carré, 36 rue Queen
Aiming to “walk the line between sexy and sensual, as well as political and informative,” this exhibition explores the role of identity within sexuality. “The View from Here” features queer and women artists to discuss how sexuality is implicated in marginalized communities, through discussions of body empowerment, one’s relationship to their body, and body empowerment. This venue and its washrooms are wheelchair-accessible. The washrooms are gender neutral. This event is sober.