Isabelle Guimond—Noémi McComber—Tricia Middleton
Curators—Marthe Carrier and Chloé Grondeau
Through micro-contexts, Isabelle Guimond questions, within the space of painting, the social, human, political and urban spaces. Her favorite medium is painting, but her practice extends to the fields of drawing, printmaking and collage. In realistic but fictitious scenes, she presents us with colorful fauna, but also the rubbish strewn on the streets, worn mattresses, ragged old sofas, dismembered dolls, the accumulation of rubbish becoming a symptom of our monstrous voracity. Genre scenes where the heteroclite encounters the chaos, where the violence of colors brings us back to a state of affairs where nothing is softened. Originally from Shawinigan, Isabelle Guimond lives and works in Montreal Montréal. In 2014, she obtained a Master's degree in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM. She was awarded the FARE Fellowship (2013), finalist of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art (2014) and recipient of the Sylvie and Simon Blais Foundation Fellowship (2014). Her work has been presented at various solo and group exhibitions in Québec, the United States and Mexico, including Galerie Trois Points (2017), L’Écart (2016) and Galerie de l’UQAM, Galerie La Compania, Galerie B-312 and Centre des arts actuels SKOL (2014).
Noémi McComber Noémi McComber examines how the individual reacts to physical and social constraints. Taking into account the implicit rules in any social area, she tries to reformulate the potential space that a person, a group and an entity can occupy. The public space becomes a playground to experiment the limits given to her, permitting the emergence of new poetic spaces. She attempts to involve the viewers in a world that is theirs at the same as something else, a world that they recognize yet surprises them through the resurgence of intruding elements. Noémi McComber lives and works in Montréal. She holds a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from Chelsea College of Art in London (2002). She has participated in several exhibitions, events and performances in Canada, Colombia, Russia, Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Denmark. She has presented her work at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2003), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2006), l’Œil de poisson, Québec and Musée des Beaux-arts de Sherbrooke (2007), Dare-Dare, Montréal (2011), Optica, Montréal (2013) and La Centrale, Montréal (2016). She is one of the founding members of the L'Araignée collective, a feminist collective for the dissemination of contemporary art.
Tricia Middleton's sculptures and installations offer hypothetical reverberations of a culture built around unrestrained production and consumption of so-called useful, cheap and disposable articles. Fascinated by the inevitable decline of matter, Tricia Middleton accumulates objects, textiles, materials, dust, paper and ideas - even crushing the letters she receives or the artist submissions she sends - that she reassembles into formless sculptural frescoes. By means of assembly, knotting, waxing and acrylic gluing, she constructs anarchic forms where color, textures and matter cause a cloudy feeling, somewhere between attraction and repulsion, recalling in this the process of consumption that the work contains. Originally from Vancouver, Tricia Middleton lives and works in Montréal. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University for Arts and Design (1997) and a Master of Arts from Concordia University (2005). A recipient of the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton Award (2010), her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada (2007), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2009), Mercer Union, Toronto (2011), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2014) and Axenéo7, Gatineau (2015).
Represented by Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran in Montréal
The works presented as part of the Triangles exhibition foster a dialogue between one another where each questions in its own way, a stance against the "established". Videographic, installation and pictorial pieces explore negation and opposition in order to identify the artistic or political preoccupations in terms of a formally "contagious" and chaotic proposal. Thus, with her filmed performances Sur le principe de la négation and those from the series Mise en échec, Noémi McComber reflects on the role of the individual in the social sphere from a feminist perspective. The artist stages a power struggle playing in domestic intimacy where the woman refuses to adhere, even more, to a normed vision. With her on-site proposal Trou, Tricia Middleton denies the passivity of the material and "militates" to incur a discursive and sensitive intension. In this colorful and fragmented installation, objects, photographs and various materials intertwine around a form taking the traits of a right of speech permitted to the non-organic. Part of a practice drawn from autofiction, Isabelle Guimond’s paintings Rêve! Baby rêve! and My Bag Lady document the urban wanderings of the artist. They are Micro-contexts extracted from her Montréal neighborhood which she then transforms into narratives and critical accounts of the social and political.
CONVERSATIONS MONTRÉAL | LYON
THE ARTISTS – THE VENUES
Philippe Allard – La Factatory
Jean-Pierre Aubé –Tator
Thomas Bégin – Tator
Julie Favreau – La BF15
Isabelle Guimond – Néon
Noémi McComber – Néon
Tricia Middleton – Néon
Guillaume Adjutor Provost – Bikini
Philippe Allard – La Factatory – du 15 mars au 4 avril 2018
Thomas Bégin – La Factatory – du 8 mars au 31 mars 2018
Julie Favreau – Moly Sabata – du 28 février au 31 mars 2018
Tricia Middleton – Néon – du 22 mars au 4 avril 2018
Neon is a place of creation and dissemination of contemporary art. The exhibition as a means for exploration, since 2000 Néon has been offering eclectic programming, encouraging the diversity of debates generated by artist projects, mostly emerging. The management favors first personal exhibitions, projects formerly not presented and occasional collective experimentation.
Conversations. Montréal / Lyon was made possible thanks to the Canada Arts Council, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec / Fonds Émérillon de coopération franco-québécoise and the l'Institut français / Ville de Lyon.