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October 27 to December 3, 2017
Wednesday to Sunday, 12-5 pm
550, côte d'Abraham, Québec
Friday October 23, 2017

About the Artist

About the Exhibition


Leisure is a conceptual collaborative art practice between Meredith Carruthers (1975) and Susannah Wesley (1976), based in Montréal. Working together under the name Leisure since 2004, they engage with cultural historical narratives through research, conversation, published texts, curatorial projects and art production. Leisure has produced exhibitions and special projects in Canada and abroad, and participated in residencies in St. John's (The Rooms, Newfoundland, 2016); Dawson City (KIAC, Yukon, 2010); Vienna (Kunstverein das weisse haus, Austria, 2008) and Banff (Banff Centre for the Arts, AB, 2007). Their recent research on gesture and spatial narrative has included Dualité/Dualité (Artexte, Montreal, 2015), Conversations With Magic Stones as part of The Let Down Reflex (EFA, New York, 2016) and Panning for Gold/Walking You Through It exhibited as part of In Search of Expo 67 (Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, 2017). Leisure exhibits regularly at Erin Stump Projects (ESP), Toronto, and has work in the permanent collection of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal.

Conversation with Magic Forms

Sculptures, branches, rocks, and sand accumulate in the space and extend the photographs of an artist's studio, and the gallery becomes a studio where Leisure puts the ideas of English sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) and her son the architect Simon Nicholson (1934-90) into practice. In a society that could not easily reconcile maternity and art, Hepworth was forced to reinvent her workplace and methods to make space for children and their interventions. Drawing on this idea of creative play and thought, Leisure presents creativity as an exploratory and collaborative process that children are invited to participate in. Turning the gallery into creative space proposes an experience that is less contemplative and which incites us to play an active role in the artwork.

This exhibition is part of the Inventing Risk programming, which invites us to reconsider the way we make art and the way we think the image.

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