Les yeux dans l’eau
January 21st to March 20th, 2021
Presented in association with Sporobole art centre, Les yeux dans l’eau examines the social relations produced by the proximity to water as a set of relationships shaping the identity of the City of Sherbrooke. This exhibition is inspired by the geolocation of the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, and Sporobole Art Center in downtown Sherbrooke. Established on the Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Abenaki People, at the crossings of the lower basin of the St-Francis River, the Magog River Gorge, and the Massawippi River, these two boroughs’ surrounding streams chronicle in their flows spatio-temporal data, including ongoing entanglements between socio-natural histories and coloniality. These locations invite the audience to consider human and non-human relationships formed in proximity with water.
The selected works by Kelly Jaclynn Andres, Maude Deslauriers, Gaëlle Elma, Tania Love, Ludovic Boney & Caroline Monnet demonstrate that water in urbanized spaces is part of a complex arena of world-makings of felt interconnected ripples. The stories presented offer a panoply of references, which at first glance seem eclectic. While demanding to focus our attention on a small dried-up pond in Nevis, Alberta, the viewer is also invited to consider rivers in Montreal’s outskirts while detouring to Almonte in Ontario and to follow crevices of in the streets of Toronto. The proposed investigations go so far as to include water vapours from a black hole located more than 12 billion light years from the earth. An interdisciplinary approach to water permits an examination of its role within human imaginaries and beyond. It also asks what are the relationships created with and by water, and how this contributes to an ever-evolving archive of inter-species, interplanetary, trans-local and trans-corporal activities. As water gathers tales of the human experience, it traverses ecosystems, contains pollutants, seeps, and floods our homes, bridges land, flora and fauna, cradles souls and nourishes bodies. While continually folding time and space, it remembers and pulls knowledge for generations to come.
Kelly Jaclynn Andres is an interdisciplinary research-based artist who produces installations, events, performances and sensorial experiences. Her work is centred between social practice, critical ecology, and perception as sensorial modalities to engage in experiences with living phenomena. She completed a research-creation Ph.D in Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, Radicle Assemblages (2019). Prior to this, Andres completed an Interdisciplinary M.A in Women’s Studies and Networked Performance Art with her thesis Desiring Machinations of Matertekhnologi (2008) which was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal and a graduate studies Medal of Merit from the University of Lethbridge, AB. Her current research interests include ecological art practices, performative placemaking, co-creative community/urban planning, experiential and feminist, posthumanist, and materialist approaches for multi-species storytelling. Recent exhibitions include Sandstone City, The Lougheed House, Calgary, The Garden of Speculations, articule, Montréal, le Centre des arts actuels Skol, Montréal, La Maison des arts de Laval, Video Pool, Actuel Contemporary, Winnipeg, PIKSEL, Bergen, Norway, Cirque du Soleil Headquarters, Montréal, and Action Art Actuel, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Tania Love is a Toronto based artist whose work evolves from a relationship to place. With a keen interest in materials, she creates tactile pieces that invite slower rhythms and relationship to natural cycles. Recipient of numerous grants, international residencies and exhibitions, her work has been seen in public and commercial galleries and design projects from her native Toronto and Ontario surrounds, to NY, France, Poland, Japan and India. Her most recent 2019 solo exhibition was at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.
Maude Deslauriers is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She works primarily across drawing and painting, but she is also interested in body movement, writing and moving images. Her work is influenced by biology and botany, as well as the history of natural sciences in Western culture. She has been exhibited in Canada and in the United States.
Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied in Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. Her work has been programmed internationally at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), TIFF (CAN), Sundance (US), Aesthetica (UK), Palm Springs (USA), Cannes Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal), Arsenal Contemporary NY, Axenéo7 (Gatineau), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), Division Gallery (Montréal) and the National Art Gallery (Ottawa). In 2016, she was selected for the prestigious Cinéfondation residency in Paris. Her work is included in numerous collections including Quebec Museum of Fine Arts, National Art Gallery, RBC Royal Bank, and Museum of Contemporary Art Montréal. Recent exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial and the Toronto Biennale of Art 2019. She is based in Montréal and represented by Division Gallery.
Born in Wendake, a Huron-Wendat settlement, Ludovic Boney goes on to study in Quebec City. Upon graduating from the School of Sculpture in 2002, he co-founds Bloc 5 (an art production workshop) with four fellow artists. While working there, he conceives his first public art projects, some of which are done in collaboration with other artists trained in screen printing, painting, photography, architecture and sculpture. Boney also teaches sculpture at the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec. Since 2015 he is settled in Lévis, where he keeps working on large-scale public art projects, while presenting his work regularly in galleries and artist-run centers. His work was recently shown at Galerie Michel Guimont (Quebec City) and Centre Oboro (Montreal).
Long-listed for the 2017 Sobey Award, he was also a CALQ recipient and received the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award from The Hnatyshyn Foundation. Ludovic Boney is represented by Galerie Michel Guimont in Quebec City.
Geneviève Wallen is a Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal-based independent curator and writer. She obtained a BFA in Art History at Concordia University (2012) and a MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University (2015). Wallen’s practice is informed by diasporic narratives, intersectional feminism, intergenerational dialogues, BIPOC alternative futures and healing platforms. Her ongoing research focuses on the notion of longevity as a methodology of ongoing resistance and care work in the arts. Her most recent curated exhibition, Made of Honey, Gold, and Marigold (2020), was on view at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. Wallen contributed essays for C magazine and the anthology Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada, edited by Deanna Bowen. She is an Exhibition Coordinator at FOFA Gallery, a member of YTB (Younger than Beyoncé) Collective, and is the co-initiator (with Marsya Maharani) of Souped Up! a thematic dinner series conceived to carve spaces for care and support building among BIPOC curators and cultural workers.