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Documentation:

Cu + Si + Mn & Al + Si

Artists:

Erin Berry + Ellen Belshaw + Antoine Caron + Louis-Charles Dionne + Dimitri Gagnon-Morris + Benjamin Lalonde + Michel Marchand + Eva-Loan Ponton + Marie-Claude Pastorel + Julie Villeneuve + Sean Wilson + Camille Zurini

“The reactivation of the Studio Arts Foundry at Concordia University in 2012 brought both challenges and opportunities. The process of coordinating new and old outlooks, methods, and technologies characterized this process at its outset, and continues to inform it now. For a primitive technology built on clay, charcoal, copper, and wind, 5 000 years has not been long enough to work out all the kinks – neither technically as a process nor conceptually as a language for artistic interrogation. The VA Foundry has found its place in this lineage as a site for both material and mental experimentation, for hard work and community building, for academic learning, personal growth, and rigorous artistic creation.

From the start, I have had the privilege of being involved with this facility and with the students, staff, faculty, and administrators who together rekindled it from a miscellaneous storage room into a highly productive resource that holds student participation, agency, and creativity at its core. Since its re-boot, this foundry has accomplished many things. Providing a simple and reliable service where student work is routinely cast into bronze and aluminum is not one of them. This facility does not achieve a level of refinement that allows it to run seamlessly or without constant attention, adjustment, and improvement. Whether by design or accident this has been – and continues to be – its greatest strength.

From the first cohort of students who walked through its doors, it has taken the active participation of eighteen class members in addition to faculty and staff to run, maintain, and develop this facility. Students have been challenged to accept responsibility for more than just their personal artistic vision, and expand their awareness from the pragmatics of a technical process to the investment in a community of piers imperative to individual success. For a student to manifest their work in bronze or aluminum, their personal creative objectives are supplemented by the opportunity to learn from every part of the process.

The consequence of this heavily invested experience is student work that is informed by a professional quality of understanding. Critical aesthetic decisions, cultural and political discourse, historical precedent, and both material and theoretical research and development infuse every step of the process and are evident in its outcome. The results are the technically accomplished and conceptually sound artworks that appear in this exhibition. At every step, these students have pushed the boundaries of knowledge and comfort, then followed this challenge with a dedication to its successful resolution. This student generated pressure for growth and the committed hard work to see it through continues to be the driving force behind the foundry operation, constantly raising the capacity of the infrastructure, and the knowledge base of those who run it.

The spirit of this critical approach that bends infrastructure to satisfy ambitious artistic ideals is the most important quality of the casting culture as it has emerged in the Concordia Studio Arts programme. The students who’s work appears in this show carry with them the ability to make their own tools, to think beyond the limits of existing possibility, and share a commitment to seeing a pristine idea through a gritty and arduous process. Sensitivity to potentials hidden within adversity and an artistic vision that has been tested and found true characterize each one of these works. We hope you enjoy them here as much as we did their creation.”

Maskull Lassere

Dates:

Dates: Le 29 août – 16 septembre/Aug 29th – Sept 16th, 2016

Vernissage

Le 6 septembre/Sept 6th, 2016, 18h – 21h

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SQUIRT

Artists:

Burcu Emeç Jack Dexter Michael Martini Peter Shaw Directed by/Réalisation: Michael Martini

The performances are drawn from the same source, “Dunk,” a full-length play channeled by research on hydrotherapy, especially in Modern France. The scenes come up with wishy-washy metaphors for water. They wish, and then they wash. They don’t work out. Anyway, the play could well be put on, but that’s a draining process I’d rather put off. It’s been through the wringer, and has been left out to dry. Squirt is a performance installation that lets action take the plunge, and sets aside the action’s text like a towel.

Burcu Emeç Jack Dexter Michael Martini Peter Shaw Directed by/Réalisation: Michael Martini

Dates:

Le 16 août – 19 août/August 16th – 19th, 2016

Vernissage

Le 16 août/August 16th, 2016, 18h – 21h

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Summer 1/3

Artists:

Sarah Bédard, Laurence Belzile, Marie-Pier Favreau-Chalifour, Margot Denis, Gabrielle Desrosiers, Ayse Gauthier, Narges Haghighat, Emily Hughes, Catherine Canac-Marquis, Éric Morrissette, Sophie Morro, Eric Tschaeppeler, Florence Yee

Dates:

Monday, July 18th – Friday, August 5th, 2016

Vernissage

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016, 18h – 21h