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We bet you've heard about Community Supported Agriculture - where members of a community buy shares in a farm's production and receive wonderful baskets of fruits and veggies all year long? Well, Community Supported Art is just the same. Here at Partage Montréal CSA, we have a curator rather than a farmer, and the local artists and their unique creations are the crop. We believe that a strong and healthy local arts community is as important as good, healthy, and local fruits and vegetables.
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Partage Montreal Season 2 Collection
Partage Montreal Season 2 Collection curator: Étienne Tremblay-Tardif
Étienne Tremblay-Tardif combines his activity in visual arts with teaching, research, writing and intermittent curatorial work. He holds a BA degree in Art History and Film Studies (Université de Montréal, 2006), a BFA in Studio Arts (Concordia University, 2009) and an MFA degree in Studio Arts (Concordia University, 2013). His university studies are bracketed and marked by two important student movements (2005 and 2012 student strikes). Between 2009 and 2014 he was actively involved in the artist-run centers network, notaby through the renewal of Arprim, a center dedicated to contemporary print media.
His current work and research deals with text-image relationships, architecture and the built environment, display apparatuses, print in social space, material culture, critical theory and installation practices in contemporary art. His past projects include Signage Matrix for Turcot Interchange Refection (Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2014), Société-écran/out of business (Occurrence, 2014), Fonction publique (AXENÉO7, 2013), Bookworms (Arprim, 2012) and Hôpital-Maxime-le-Jaune (Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, 2012).
Meet the talent: Season 2 Collection Artists
Jon Knowles has presented solo exhibitions in Canada. He has participated in group exhibitions in Montréal, Düsseldorf, Dundee Scotland, and Halifax.
Lorna Bauer was born in Toronto and lives and works in Montreal. Bauer has exhibited in many national art institutions and participated in artistic residencies in New York and Paris. Bauer is represented by Nicolas Robert Gallery in Montreal.
Grégory Chatonsky lives and works in Montreal and Paris. In 1994, he founded Incident.net, a net art collective based in France, Canada, and Senegal. Dominique Sirois lives and works in Montreal. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Canada and abroad. Chatonsky and Sirois have presented their collaborative projects in many venues, such as iMAL in Brussels (2015), the Unicorn Art Center in Beijing (2015), the Centre des Arts d’Engheins-les-Bains (2014), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2013), and Bazaar Compatible Program in Shanghai (2012). Grégory Chatonsky is represented by XPO Gallery in Paris.
Trépanier-Voghell is the creative duo formed by artists Anne-Marie Trépanier and Mégane Voghell. Located on the margins of their individual practices, this collaboration is dedicated to the exploration of information processing via hypermedia and digital technology.
Annie Descôteaux practice focuses on the connection between art and design, and her work explores bold, simple forms, as well as historic and cultural references through collage and installation.
Vincent Gagnon is a graduate of l'École des Métiers du Sud-Ouest de Montréal in Building Design. Since February 2015 he has worked for the Montreal engineering firm NCK.
Jo-Anne Balcaen's art practice extends across a variety of media including sculpture, photo, video, and text, bringing together references as diverse as popular culture, music, and cultural management.
David K. Ross's investigations with photography, film and installation examine the performative capacities of un-choreographed and un-scripted activities.
Partage Montreal Season 1 Collection
The genesis of this piece was a residency entitled ‘Géographies variables’ at La Chambre Blanche in Quebec City. There, I created an interactive web work in which this landscape is littered with claret scars and knots of thread—when hovered over with a cursor, a voice relates the story of the scar. Each account was compiled during the The Scar Project (2005-14??) where I asked participants to recreate one of their scars on canvas, and write its story. This terrain where they lay evokes the landscape of the body, with its lines like fingerprints, and marks like strata map the topography of our experience.
"how we remember is how we forget" is a recent print by Marigold Santos
whose imagery suggests abstract notions of the woven, fragmentation, attachment, and weightlessness. Contained within a small window or prism, these floating ribbons echo the need to make solid a memory, while simultaneously recognizing that in doing so perpetuates an unravelling.
Concerned with multiplicity, migration, folklore, and the supernatural, Marigold Santos' work functions in the realm of the otherworldly. "how we remember is how we forget" continues with this on-going exploration.
Thirty individual stones make up the larger piece of Apparatus creating an echo to the social body, institutions, landscape and environment we live in.
Each limited edition block act as a piece of the puzzle, reminding us of our interconnectedness within our societies.
Wood and coper speak to the materials that could be found before our cities were built, while the industrial cement evokes the geometry and layout that physically define us while we walk in them.
The dragonfly is my totem insect. I draw and redraw it incessantly, often adding human limbs, usually female ones. At once delicate and cruel, gentle and fierce, a winged fairy, but also a water creature in its larval form, this small and delicate monster accumulates contradictions and metamorphoses ... Exactly what I hope for myself, in fact.
I responded to Rhonda’s 'carte blanche' invitation, with small watercolours of anthropomorphic dragonflies, both identical and different, each transformed by fleeting moods, sensations and desires. Small traveling fairies drawn in northern Norway, inside the Arctic Circle, lit by the midnight sun.
From the end of the world, you are receiving a traveling fairy, quite sassy at times. She is strong-headed, listens to no one, and goes where she pleases. Tonight, you may want to put them side by side and observe their variations!
Appearing like totems of our consumer culture, my recent series of collage works have been made using primarily IKEA catalogues and décor magazines in order to explore our contemporary image practices involving advertising, design and commodity fetishism. In these rather surreal structures, objects seem not only to be metamorphosing into subjects (or vice versa), but also behave like animate beings with a will of their own. As a result the idea of “Total Design” is key to the reading of this body of work, the notion that essentially everything nowadays is mediated through design, from jeans, to holidays, to houses, to our own bodies.
For a few months now I have been breaking glass objects and trying to put them back together. Despite wanting to control how the objects break, I must accept the instantaneous transformation and the slow process of repair. The resulting sculptures and images are not a reflection of a dramatic shattering, but of the care and patience that comes from the mending process. In many cases I merge several glasses, so that they seem to be reaching towards each other, seeking support or wholeness. In a world in which we desire the new, I am trying to portray fragile lived experience.
For the continuation of this project, I will ask people to entrust me with a few of their own glass objects to break and repair into different configurations before their return. Commissioning a stranger to alter these personal objects will heighten the themes of chance, trust and vulnerability that are already present in the sculptures and images of the work. Please contact me through rachelechenberg.net if you are interested in taking part.
Rachel Echenberg, October 2015
Partage Montreal Season 1 Collection curator: Rhonda Meier
For over a decade, Rhonda Meier has been an independent curator, writer, editor, and educator.
Meier holds an M.A. from Concordia University in Art History. Since curating her first exhibition at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery in 1990, she has mounted numerous exhibitions, mostly in artist-run centres. In 2002 she curated Nadia Myre’s first major solo exhibition Cont[r]act: new work by Nadia Myre at Oboro Gallery. Her most recent co-curatorial project, The Rebel Yells: Dress and Political Re-dress in Contemporary Indigenous Art was shown at Concordia’s FOFA Gallery in May, 2015.
A former educator at the Musee d’art contemporain, she has worked extensively with artist-run centres, including articule, where she is currently president of the board. In addition, she is an administrator on the board of VIVA! Art Action performance festival. Meier has published in Canadian Art, C Magazine, and in Changing Hands for the Museum of Art and Design, New York.
Meet the talent: The 2015 Partage Artists.
Juan Ortiz-Apuy is a Montreal-based artist with origins in Costa-Rica. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions include The MacLaren Arts Centre, SPOROBOLE, ARTSPACE, Quebec City Biennial: Manif d'Art 7 and many more. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Award.
Sobey Art Award winning artist Nadia Myre is visual artist from Quebec and an Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. For over a decade, her multi-disciplinary practice has been inspired by participant involvement as well as recurring themes of identity, language, longing and loss. Her work has received accolades from the New York Times, Le Monde,The Washington Post, Le Devoir, and has been featured in ARTnews, American Craft Magazine,ETC, Parachute, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Monopol, and ESSE.
In my practice, I explore the ways in which ideas of self can become multiple, fragmented, and dislocated and then re-invented and created through a reflection of what is considered home. Through my imagery, I seek to negotiate the narratives of past and present; in their re-telling and reconfiguring, they transform to become personal myth whose imagery functions in the fantastical and otherworldly. This is the realm of play where I situate my work.
Caroline Boileau is pursuing a reflection on the body and health through a practice combining performance, drawing, video and installation. She delves into the various ways in which one can inhabit, depict and talk about the body.
Rachel Echenberg (Montreal, Quebec) is a visual artist who primarily works in performance and video. Echenberg’s continual interest in possibilities for active empathy has lead to artworks that highlight vulnerable, intimate and uncontrollable relationships.
Caroline Monnet (1985) is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin ancestry from Outaouais, Québec. Her work demonstrates a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories.
Stay in the loop: The latest Partage news.
The selection of the six pairs of artists Collection Season 2 is now completed and the work has begun. The works will be delivered to subscribers in less than two months. Read more about concept and mediums with which collaborative pair of artists will create Partage Montréal Season 2 Collection artworks.
Étienne Tremblay-Tardif | Curator’s statement – November 2015
It’s with great pleasure that I received the invitation from Partage Montréal to act as its curator for the Season 2 Collection.
Being first and foremost active as an artist, I also regularly wear other hats, this invitation has enabled me to rethink the divisions between these roles in the art world (curator, artist, author, cultural worker, etc.). I thus take up the challenge of shaking up the established rules by doubling the number of invited artists for Season 2. Read more >
Photo gallery from our second pick-up party of 2015 and final for Season 1 Collection. It took place at fabulous New City Gas Complex on October 25th. Have a look and subscribe to our Newsletter to stay up-to-date on our activities and get invitations to upcoming events.
Partage Montréal CSA announced Season 2 Collection curator during the final pick-up party of 2015 that took place on October 25th 2015 at New City Gas Complex. Ladies and gentleman please meet Étienne Tremblay-Tardif.
Partage Montreal CSA is featured in Guenevere Neufeld's article for Concordia University news.
Some photographs from our first pick-up party of 2015 that took place at Never Apart on September 20th.
We've got more good press. Vermont Public Radio just aired segment about Partage Montreal on NPR's All Things Considered show. Available to stream via Partage Montreal Soundcloud. Alternatively you can read an article "A CSA, But For Art: Montreal's Partage Connects Artists & Collectors" by Mary Williams for VPR Digital.
CBC Montreal featured the story about Partage Montreal on their CBC News portal and Mike Finnerty's Daybreak show (August 7th 2015 edition). Both, article and the radio version of the story are prepared by CBC reporter Rebecca Ugolini.
Building on the success of Community Supported Agriculture Projects, local group of artists, curators, and art-lovers introduce a new art subscription offering designed to bring Montreal’s artists and citizens closer together.
My interest lies in art which does not reveal itself completely; which keeps some of its secrets. There may be slight differences each time you look at it, so it consistently provokes, surprises, or intrigues.
Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming Partage Activities
The pick-up party is booked: mark your calendars for Sunday, March 13th 16h00 – 18h00. Join us at La Centrale, 4296 St-Laurent Boulevard (between Rachel and Marie-Anne) where you’ll be able to pick up your collection of art, meet the Partage team, our Season 2 curator Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, and the Partage artists.
It will be a great time to connect with Partage, listen to some sweet tunes, and have a few sips and snacks (there’ll be an honour bar so bring all your spare change and small bills!) Also, bring your friends – no one ever regretted being exposed to art. Please RSVP inside.
Stay tuned for announcement of Partage Montréal Season 2 Collection Subscription going on sale. As usual, limited number of subscription will be available. Subscribers to our Newsletter will be the first to receive the updates about subscription being available for purchase.
Our second Pick-up party will provide subscribers with the final four artworks from their six-piece collection. We're pretty sure this will be just as fun as the first one! Lots of snacks, sips, and artists!
It's our very first Pick-up Party! We'll have the first three pieces of art from your six-piece subscription ready to go. You'll get to meet the artists, hear some sweet music from our DJ, and have some snacks and refreshments.
This is it! We open the online subscription page at 11h00 AM EST sharp on July 30th. Be there promptly as the subscriptions will go fast (there are only 30 on offer this year!). We accept all major credit cards.