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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of B-312, which she co-founded, Marthe Carrier, with the help of collaborators, has reproduced the former Belgo Gallery building – space 312 – into the main room of the current building, space 403. The 1/2 white scale model occupies All space approx.
Thus we go back in time, when B-312, a self-managed center founded by young artists, began in 1991 to distribute contemporary art, promoting many mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, video, installation, performance, photography and sound. Art and New Media. Since its inception, B-312 has served 250 galleries and 800 artists.
The gallery chose to reflect on this elapsed time. To the achievements of the past, to the urgency of living in the present, to this whirl of progress that sees the emergence of new ways of looking at art. The three guest artists, Moriga Keating-Panza, Marion Lessard and Vincent Routier, met to share the space of B-312 and mutually reflect their ideas. Christianity, as it exists today in many forms, is one of the basic themes of their works.
Incorporating the idea of history into these famous times, Moriga Kitenge Panza brought back his memories of 1991. With the advent of the B-312, looting disturbed his youth in Kinshasa, Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The looting of stores affected the character of the Montreal artist, due to the provocation of low-paid soldiers and a difficult economic situation.
I realized that over time. These events that have become normal may be related to the traumas you experienced afterwards. It shows that history is part of our personal time. This story helps to better understand international issues.
Moridja Kitenge Banza
The new artistic director of Circular Workshop has created digital prints consisting of archival photos of the Zaire event and photos of Quebec from the same period. All are decorated with ornaments that deliberately remind the motifs of ancient religious manuscripts, since the artist wanted to create a comprehensive narrative to express that social events always have a universal value.
Marion Lessard used an old office model of the B-312 to reproduce it twice indoors in a tiny house. A reproduction that fits well with her work and her “interlaced” nature since Marion Lessard is a “combination” of five identities…within the artist himself. His reproduction raises the question of the identity of art and the identity of the artist, around which revolves the question of the primacy of the “chicken or the egg”.
What terms of what? Who comes first? The world of art and its spread? the artist? the work? And where is the value? What determines what? What did it last?
To clarify her questions, Marion Lessard took pictures of the works of the Florentine painter Giotto (1266-1337) whose art, she says, is at a crossroads between religion and secularism. She created three complexes of elements from 53 frescoes made by Giotto between 1303 and 1306 in the Scroveni Chapel, Padua. One of the collages refers to the mural of resurrection. Marion Lessard has introduced her five identities to represent artist and creativity.
Marion Lessard also included a topic Chicken with golden eggs – Jean de La Fontaine’s tale of greed – with a golden egg, inserted with a beautiful sheen into the composition. The golden egg, a symbol of value – but also of the gap between desires and reality – makes a connection with Vincent Rothier’s work on the art of tomorrow and the value of virtual art. through NFTs.
Translating mathematical formulas into pictures, Vincent Rothé has a digital and abstract vision of art. While creating it on the computer, two years ago he became interested in NFTs, these cryptographic artworks that sell for high prices internationally. It digitally displays a collection of NFT works belonging to the r0m4.eth entity, worth over one million, which provides access via a QR code in the exhibition hall.
It is a historical collection of 17 artists and 21 creatives that questions the validity of cryptographic work creation and the concept of value. But also the concept of possession where these crypto artworks are acquired to be possessed and not presented.
The NFT Gallery can also be “visited” using virtual reality glasses. Vincent Rothier also created two “Physics” works that contain a penetrating luminous aura that is supposed to represent the space through which the aesthetic experience of observing the group “passes” through. Maybe the explanation is a little vague, right? We are not in concept but in reality… and he is not one!
with this group back to statusRouthier, in fact, in both virtual and virtual reality. We are all entering a future from which we do not know what will be made, especially in terms of art and its public presentation. Will the galleries continue? Stéphane Aquin, director general of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, recently wondered if even museums won’t disappear one day…nothing is ever certain. This celebration of all times in the B-312 evokes utter existence and mystery, but also faith. You need it to invest in NFTs! The belief in the continuity of good.
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