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Weaving the Existing

January 13th to March 12th, 2016


Giorgia Volpe


Opening Reception

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016.



Carl Johnson


Production and Distribution

Foreman Art Gallery


Weaving the Existing brings together works by Giorgia Volpe completed over a 15-year period and reveals her creative approach. The works exhibited here encompass performance, action art, drawing, sculpture, photography, installations and video art. The exhibition showcases these different art forms while providing a first-ever survey of the artist’s career.

The path that Volpe has followed reveals a desire to forge a relationship between the inanimate and the animate, between the artist and society, and between art and life. Her creations invite us to look differently at what exists before us. They are a catalyst for transforming and diverting the materials used and the contextual and surrounding elements with which they interact.

Volpe often relies on weaving, a technique that runs through her entire oeuvre. The blending of materials becomes a metaphor for complex human relations. Fibres—paper, plastic, recycled material, textiles—are used to create works in which the material, traces of text and other motifs nuance the meaning of the pieces.

Organizing a survey exhibition of Volpe’s art is a challenge because she completes few “finished” pieces. They are often shown in a temporary state and then undergo transformations resulting in different appearances. Our aim is to offer a reading of “what is there” in Volpe’s creations. This suspension in time, conceptualized by the exhibition, allows us to step back and appreciate the career path of a multitalented artist whose works, in their current form, are just a temporary state in an ever-evolving process.

Carl Johnson, Curator


Touring Dates and Exhibition Locations

Weaving the Existing is a touring exhibition and will be at various museums and gallery from 2016 to 2018.

  • January 13 – March 12, 2016: Foreman Art Gallery
  • March 23 – May 29, 2016: Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery
  • June 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017: Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • February – September, 2017: Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides
  • October, 2017 – January, 2018: The Rooms


Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016.