The ArtLab’s POP-UP exhibition series presents the traces of research and creative projects carried out by Bishop’s University’s student body and faculty, as well as by other groups and members of the Sherbrooke community. Following the principles of community-based museology and micromuseology, these ephemeral art events are often collective, participatory and of an experimental nature.
Scroll down to view a virtual translation of the exhibitions part of the POP-UP series, initially displayed in the hallway vitrines of the Foreman Art Gallery.
POP-UP EXHIBITION #8 | Berce-moi
April 5 to July 22, 2023
The last POP-UP exhibition of the year presents the ongoing research of an emerging artist from the Eastern Townships. In order to learn what is brewing in the studios of local and early career artists, we have asked an emerging artist to put us on the trail of her peers’ projects, those who arouse curiosity and admiration in her.
From April 5 to July 22, 2023, our display cases will host the logbooks, sketches, drawings and writings of multidisciplinary artist Pascal e who proposes ways to “endure the unbearable in order to finally rest” through a poetry of the everyday and a process of self-observation.
In Berce-moi, Pascal e reveals the traces of her creative process in relation to the theme of healing, from early childhood to her most recent explorations. She features imaginary characters such as la yogarette, Marie, Grand-Madame Lune and les cerné-e-s, as well as performative projects of everyday life like the moment collection Pousse, and her current research: the ideation of laboratories and performances of reinvented lullabies. Addressed to adults who are tired, hurt, sick, lost, the lullabies take on a form of militancy for a slowness so hard to find in this exhausting world. “It always ends up passing, they say”.
POP-UP EXHIBITION #7 | Museums & Communities – Practical Art Hive Project
January 20 to March 25, 2023
Laura Bernard, Gésaël Drouin-Vigneault, Elise Grenier, Marie Constance Hountondji, Jamie Pagé, Nana Sani
This exhibit seeks to document a process that is mostly intangible, where human relationships are at the heart of the project and learning to work collaboratively defines its trajectory. Making decisions by consensus, identifying needs and values behind motivations, choosing together to share responsibility in a horizontal way are some of the forms of engagement that inform this micromuseology research.
In the fall of 2022, as part of the course Museums & Communities and in partnership with the ArtLab, six art history students from Bishop’s University developed a project based on the principles of facilitation and operation of an art hive, which aims to build a community through art. This participatory project intended to bring their immediate community together around a creative activity.
The materials on display document the process, including archives of meetings throughout the course, logbooks, photos and samples of the holiday card-making activity that concluded the project.
POP-UP EXHIBITION #6 | Weathered Souls and Fleeting Moments
October 27 to December 10, 2022
Fine Arts student at Bishop’s University Gabrielle Gagné is the recipient of the Haystack Opportunity Fund 2021-2022* which allowed her to attend The Poetry of Paper workshop with paper artist Pam DeLuco at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Maine, USA).
In the summer of 2022, Gabrielle spent two weeks exploring papermaking out of materials recycled or scavenged from the natural environment of the Atlantic coast. Lobster nets, cattails, seaweed, shells, cardboard boxes from nearby studios and discarded matted frames were all part of her experiments.
The artist-student’s background in environmental geography, social work and psychology have led her to develop a specific interest in sites and the human activities that take place there. Her research is rooted in the territory and attempts to reveal a poetry in the gathering, recovery and metamorphosis.
*This opportunity was awarded by Bishop’s University Fine Arts Department.
POP-UP EXHIBITION #5 | Exodus
September 16 to October 8, 2022
In 1972, my Anglophone grandmother, her parents, and her eight brothers all emigrated from Quebec and headed west towards Ontario. Having just started a family of their own, my grandparents would spend the next three years on the road, drifting between the homes of relatives, their camper, and nature. Ultimately, they would decide to return to Quebec in 1974, where they would settle to raise my father and eventually my uncle.
This series traces a collection of photographs that my grandmother took throughout these three years. A marriage of collage, painting, and woodworking, this series integrates both the crafts of my grandparents—my grandfather being an avid whittler and my grandmother being a casual photographer and a serial scrapbooker—with my own beloved medium: painting.
Through a series of atypical portraits my grandmother was able to capture not only the fleeting moments of her young parenthood, but the ever shifting locations that would become, to her family, a growing series of temporary homes. Formed by the precarity of these years in my family’s history, my series weaves these memories into my own narrative, planting a new seed for what was once uprooted.
Tosha Callaway, Student-artist
POP-UP EXHIBITION #4 | Adaptations
April 28 to July 9, 2022
Fine Arts Student: Marilyn Leduc
Fine Arts Student: Isadora Alcindor
Fine Arts Student: Marie-Pierre Ranger
Fine Arts Student: Océane Dessurault-Opalewski
Tricia Del Campo
Fine Arts Student: Madj Shammas
POP-UP EXHIBITION #3 | Mirage
April 6 to 16, 2022
Tosha Callaway, Majd Shammas, Maïthé Cyr-Morin
A mirage, a gap between two realities.
An idea, an illusion.
Bringing together the work of four Fine Arts graduating students, the exhibition Mirage explores this notion of discrepancy between the artist’s perception and that of the viewer. The POP-UP exhibition presented in the vitrines invites us to explore traces of the creative process of three of the artists exhibited in the Fore-man Art Gallery, to learn more about their vision and try to dispel the mirage.
Isadora Alcindor-Limoges, ArtLab Cultural Mediation Intern
POP-UP EXHIBITION #2 | Cultures croisées 2020-21 : l’art, la terre, et les racines
September 9 to October 9, 2021
Chantal Lafond, Faustine Gruninger and Marie-Pier Ranger (students in Fine Arts), and Regine Neumann (professor in Fine Arts)
POP-UP EXHIBITION #1 | Second Sight
March 31 to April 17, 2021
Allister Aitken, Steve Breton, Lara Dion, Francine Ethier, Nicholas Gibbs, Chantal Lafond, Lily Rousseau
This first POP-UP exhibition presents a series of sketchbooks, each representing the creative process of an artist participating in this year’s Fine Arts Graduating Student’s Exhibition. These pages bring you into the artists thoughts in imagery and calculations, moving from ideas and concepts to finally arrive to the results displayed in the exhibition Intuition.
Their own intuitions were tested on paper through experimentations and thoughtful creations. Observe how they followed their gut feelings and developped their conscious thoughts in the process of making the artworks presented inside the gallery.
Lily Rousseau, ArtLab Cultural Mediation Intern