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November 16 to December 16, 2007
Time
Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm
Place
550, côte d'Abraham, Quebec City
Vernissage
Friday November 16 2007, 8pm

About the Artist

About the Exhibition

Medias

André Barrette

André Barrette was born in Espanola, Ontario in 1958. He lives and works in Québec City, where he has been active in contemporary photography circles for more than twenty years. His work has been exhibited in Québec, France and recently at Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow, Poland. The exhibition Les rituels: parcours de chasse, a lyrical evocation of the world of hunters, was shown at VOX in Montréal and Espace F in Matane, Québec. Since 2000, he has been creating sparse photographs with subtle colouring that maintain an ambiguous relationship with their subject. ALL U CAN EAT will be exhibited in Havana in March 2008. André Barrette has worked as VU's production coordinator since 1995.

Cecilia Berkovic

Cecilia Berkovic is a Toronto-based visual artist who uses strategies of collecting and displaying to explore aspects of romance, consumer culture, leisure and identity. Not bound to a single medium, her work includes poster projects, limited edition objects, photography and installation. She has exhibited widely in Canada, at venues such as Art Metropole, YYZ Artists' Outlet and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is currently preparing for a solo show at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects. She is on the Board of Directors at Gallery TPW in Toronto and also practices collaboratively with Toronto/Vancouver-based artist collective, Instant Coffee.

Ève Cadieux

Ève Cadieux was born in Montréal in 1974 and lives in Québec City. She holds a Master's degree in art history and visual art from the Université de Montréal. Her work has been shown in Fotonoviembre VII in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists 2004 in Serbia and the exhibition La Disparition in Liège, Belgium, Warsaw, Poland and Québec City. Her solo exhibitions include Le Costumier at La chambre blanche in Québec City and Traquer les trépas at José Martinez Gallery in Lyon, France and Yergeau Gallery, Montréal. Her work explores the relationship between found objects and the nature of the photographic medium. Writing has a special place in her work, in the form of installations and artist's books. Cabinet d'un imposteur sincère was created in 2006 during an artistic residency at La Station in Nice, France.

Jennifer Cherniack

Jennifer Cherniack is an emerging artist, curator and educator based in Toronto. Originally from Winnipeg, she earned her BFA in 2003 from the University of Western Ontario, and in 2004 was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. In 2004, Cherniack taught animation and film making at The National Film Board of Canada and photography at Regent Park Focus Media Arts Centre. She currently works at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre as the Assistant Curator/Education Coordinator. With a keen interest in arts education, Cherniack recently completed an independent photo-based project exploring wilderness travel and communal living with a group of youth from Winnipeg. As an artist, Cherniack has exhibited in Venice, London (ON), Toronto, and Winnipeg.

Paul Lacroix

Paul Lacroix is a major figure in Québec contemporary art. He was born in Sainte-Marie de Beauce in 1929 and has taught at the École des beaux-arts de Québec and Université Laval's visual arts department. The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec mounted a major retrospective of his work in 1999. His most recent solo exhibition, Expositions: dessins/photographies, was shown at Expression in Saint-Hyacinthe, the Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides and the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke. Well-known for his drawings and sculptures, for the past several years he has been exploring photography. His evolving works, particularly the unusual project Mises en abîme angoissées, reveal his fascination with the ephemeral and the indeterminate in the creative process.

TEK

TEK was born in Seoul, Korea in 1978, he moved to Canada in 2000. Before moving to Toronto, he served as a surveillance photographer for the South Korean Military and later in the Military-Press. After arriving in Toronto, TEK attended George Brown College and later earned his BFA at The Ontario College of Art and Design with many awards and scholarships. TEK's photo-based art has been shown in numerous galleries across the country and collected by several companies. In his spare time, TEK is an avid competitive cyclist and Korean gourmet chef. He currently works at Stephen Bulger Gallery and will be pursuing his MFA in near future.

The Slow Gaze

The Slow Gaze combines photography, video and photo-based installation in an exhibition coproduced by Centre VU and Gallery 44. We chose a thematic concept which seemed to express a significant trend in recent Canadian photography. For us, the works included here employ a specific kind of gaze, one characterised by an enquiry into time, how it is expressed and manifested.

Gallery 44 created an open call for submissions throughout Toronto, and Centre VU invited specific artists from Québec City to submit proposals. The two galleries then worked together to select six divergent artists of various generations. The work included has for the most part never before been exhibited, and explores what we might call a slowing-down of the gaze (or, on the contrary, its speeding-up). These minimal pieces, based on the significance of writing and signs, reveal a clear interest in detail or ambiguous form. While some of the artists construct permutations that privilege repetition to the point of obsession, others take up the theme of collecting through repertories of impossible moments or unusual motifs. Most of their works evoke a kind of de-materialisation of vision, which suggest the instability of the moving image. Resolutely concrete and astonishingly immaterial, these works are pervaded by a strong sense of infinitude and give rise to contemplative readings, in contrast to the customary speed of the culture of entertainment.

Featuring three artists from Toronto and three from Québec City, this exhibition will be presented in each of the two cities in the fall of 2007. With this project, Gallery 44 and Centre VU initiate a collaboration whose goal is to share work and bring artists from these two communities into contact with each other. By pooling our resources we have been able to create a very stimulating exchange of ideas, one that offers new ways of thinking about a singular feature of contemporary Canadian photography.

André Gilbert, director VU

Documents

Feuillet / Brochure (pdf)

Photos

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