January 17 – March 17, 2018
The artists featured in Parallax-e all take this sideways step, adopting an oblique and quirky perspective that serves to question the visual culture of astrophysics research. Put into conversation, the works presented highlight the interplay of technology, aesthetics and politics in the unfolding of our cosmological consciousness. At the heart of the exhibition, scientific imagery rubs shoulders with popular, ancient, symbolic and fantastical representations of the cosmos. Nodding to film, the Flemish Renaissance, history painting and scientific modelling, Parallax-e weaves a complex, multifaceted tapestry of our relationship with the celestial world.
Produced by the Foreman Art Gallery, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Sherbrooke and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
The Foreman Art Gallery wishes to thank the artists for their collaboration.
Nicolas Baier probes the inexpressible. From quantum strangeness to cosmic incommensurability, he revisits and reinterprets the materials of science, investing them with visual poetry all their own. Recipient of a Prix Louis-Comtois (2015) and Prix Pierre-Ayot (2000), Baier has won a number of public art competitions, including at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Musée d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal (Pointe-à-Callière), Concordia University and Bishop’s University. His work has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad, including at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto), Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montréal), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Canadian Cultural Centre of Paris and Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne (Paris).
Bettina Forget is a visual artist, gallery owner, art educator and researcher living and working in Montreal, Canada. She owns and runs the Visual Voice Gallery and is the Arts/Science Researcher under the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence program. In this capacity, she investigates idea translation between collaborating artists and scientists and explores different modes of knowing. Bettina’s artworks focus on astronomy, science fiction, and feminist issues. Born in Germany, Bettina has studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art in London, England, at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. She is currently earning an MA in Art Education from Concordia University, Canada. Her research examines the recontextualization of art and science and how women and girls may connect to STEM subjects through MakerEducation.
Laurent Grasso has developed a fascination with the visual possibilities related to electromagnetic energy, radio waves and naturally occurring phenomena. Grasso is the recipient of the Meru Art/Science Award in Bergamo, Italy, the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Marcel Duchamp Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include PARAMUSEUM, Palais Fesch, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ajaccio, France (2016); Soleil Noir, Hermès Foundation, Tokyo, Japan (2015); Les Oiseaux, Musée de l’hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France (2014); Disasters and Miracles, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Switzerland; Uraniborg, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada (2013) and Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2012); Portrait of a Young Man, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida; The Black Box Laurent Grasso, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; and Nomiya, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2011).
Rachel Sussman is a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow and two-time TED speaker. Her critically acclaimed, decade-long project “The Oldest Living Things in the World” combines art, science, and philosophy into a traveling exhibition and New York Times bestseller. In 2014, she began developing new installation works deepening her exploration of personal and cosmic time, the universe, nature, philosophy and beauty. With the support of the LACMA Lab, and working with SpaceX, NASA and CERN, her new work can be found at MASS MoCA, the New Museum Los Gatos, and the Des Moines Art Center. She is currently an artist–in–residence at the SETI Institute. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade in museums and galleries in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Semiconductor is the UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works, they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology, questioning how these mediate our experience. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships including the Samsung Art + Prize 2012 for new media, a Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship, the Collide@CERN Artists Residency Award and a NASA Space Sciences Fellowship. Exhibitions and screenings include Let There Be Light, House of Electronic Arts, Basel (solo show); Worlds in the Making, FACT, Liverpool (solo show); Da Vinci: Shaping the Future, ArtScience Museum, Singapore; Field Conditions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Earth: Art of a Changing World, Royal Academy of Arts, London; International Film Festival Rotterdam; New York Film Festival; Sundance Film Festival and European Media Art Festival.
Julie Tremble holds a master’s degree in film studies from Université de Montréal (2005) and a bachelor’s degree in film and philosophy (2000). Her work has shown in galleries and artists’ centres in Canada, France, Indonesia and the U.S. as well as on the festival circuit, notably at the Festival du nouveau cinéma, Images Festival, Festival des films sur l’art and ARKIPEL International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival. In 2013, she received the CALQ award for the best artistic and experimental work. Her videos are distributed by the Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV). She currently lives in Montreal.
- Isabelle Pion, Lumière sur le cosmos, La tribune, January 20, 2018.
- Jasmine Godbout, Parallax-e: une perception parallèle, Le Collectif, February 6, 2018.
- Loch Baillie, Foreman Art Gallery presents Parallax-e, the Campus, Vol 17, No 7, January 24, 2018, p.1.
- N/A, Portfolio Parallax-e, Espace, vol. 119, Spring-Summer 2018.
- Saroja Coelho, Understanding the immensity of the world we inhabit, CBC Breakaway, January 16, 2018.
- Sophie Drouin, Parallax-e, Galerie d’art Foreman, Sherbrooke, Esse webzine, March 12, 2018.