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PARKER BRANCH | PLACED HERE BY MEMBERS 
SATURDAY 14 JANUARY – SATURDAY 04 MARCH 2017
ARTIST TALK | SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY, 3:00PM

JACYNTHE CARRIER | BRISE GLACE     SOLEIL BLANC
SATURDAY 14 JANUARY – SATURDAY 04 MARCH 2017
ARTIST TALK | SATURDAY 14 JANUARY, 3:00PM

OPENING RECEPTION | FRIDAY 13 JANUARY, 6:00PM-8:00PM

 

Parker Branch: PLACED HERE BY MEMBERS (detail), 2016. Salt, apron, rope, 18 x 18 x 50 inches. Photo: Jason Hallows and Anna Madelska

PARKER BRANCH | PLACED HERE BY MEMBERS
Parker Branch is an ongoing collaboration between artists Anna Madelska and Jason Hallows. The project grew out of a small storefront in London, Ontario, in which the duo mounted over 30 exhibitions (2007-2014) that explored the meaningful interplay of found artifacts, natural objects, ephemera, and artists’ work. The emphasis of these exhibitions was the generative potential in these groupings. The artists have playfully suggested that they are more interested in the spaces between the objects than the objects themselves. Since the closing of the brick-and-mortar location, the project has continued in gallery exhibitions, and begins to approach sculpture as the artists have become increasingly involved in complicating their display strategies and manipulating the objects exhibited.

PLACED HERE BY MEMBERS, offers images and objects that are constellated around community organizations, and the trappings of spiritual and physical work, specifically the spaces occupied by such work–meeting houses, lodges, church basements. Simple wooden benches are arranged into groups, evoking impromptu gatherings, friendly societies, trade unions, and upstart religious organizations. Throughout are images of labour unions, strikes and protests. Sculptural forms in salt and stone and found objects stand in for altars, but also lecterns. Several denim aprons, some of which are used, worn, and repaired, are used in the exhibition both as sculptural material and displayed artifacts. The word occupation is a useful entry point. Taken temporally, it suggests one’s labour, how time is spent, what one does. Spatially it implies a strategy of dissent, the forceful take-over of a location. In taking on their subject matter, Madelska and Hallows employ occupation as an artistic strategy. A series of themes are inhabited, like a space, a home, or a host body, and operated within and then manipulated. The contents are churned, folded, and complicated by their proximity.

PARKER BRANCH is a collaboration begun in 2007 between artists Anna Madelska and Jason Hallows, who live and work in London, Ontario. Both artists studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design with emphasis on sculpture. Madelska completed her MFA at Western University in 2005. Hallows completed his MFA at Guelph in 2004, and went on to receive a PhD in Art and Visual Culture at Western in 2011. As Parker Branch Madelska and Hallows have produced over 30 exhibitions in their London space of the same name. Many of these hybridized curatorial/studio projects have featured the work of other artists including: Danielle St Amour, Maryse Larivière, Taylor McKimens, FASTWURMS, Liza Eurich, and Maggie Groat. A 107-page survey of the first 6 years of the project HasThings In Common, 2015, was published by McIntosh Gallery and features texts by E. C. Woodley and Jen Hutton.

Parker Branch would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

 Jacynthe Carrier, 2016, #1 de la suite soleil blanc, impression jet d’encre sur papier cotton, 76 c, x 81 cm

JACYNTHE CARRIER | BRISE GLACE    SOLEIL BLANC
Jacynthe Carrier’s exhibition brise glace     soleil blanc features video and photography. This new body of work continues the artist’s explorations on the different relationships that exist between the body and the environment and the various ways in which we see and appropriate space. A double projection showcases a video that has been created in two phases. Near a river, two duos stride and compose tangible and imagined landscapes. From those encounters remains the otherness in spite of the performers’ physical search as they confront the landscape. The photographic series brings forward a narration where different contrasts take place. Dreamlike and fragmented, an energy is generated from the tension between hot and cold, frozen and liquid, man and woman, softness and dryness, or colour and black and white. Rather than adopting a contemplative approach as they move around in brise glace soleil blanc, the performers establish a direct relationship with the elements. Through physical and sensorial actions such as destroying, striking, or intruding, they leave traces in this environment, shaping a psychological and emotional landscape. Time lengthens while the elements resist the repetition and the persistence of the performed gestures.

JACYNTHE CARRIER Jacynthe Carrier holds a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from Concordia University. Her work has been presented as part of many solo and group exhibitions including at the Fresnoy (France), La Triennale Québécoise 2011, the 4th Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec, Centre CLARK, Galerie de l’UQAM, Musée régional de Rimouski, and Bang Centre for contemporary art. Her work was shown by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and as part of exhibitions held in France, Canada, Brazil and the United States. Her work is found in many private and museum collections such as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Sid Lee, Cirque du Soleil, Hydro-Québec, Caisse Desjardins collections, and many more. Carrier was nominated for a Sobey Art Award in 2013 and received the 2012 Pierre-Ayot Award and the 2015 Prix Videre Création. She will participate in the upcoming 8th Manif d’art – La biennale de Québec in 2017. She is represented by the galery antoine ertaskiran.

Jacynthe Carrier would like to acknowledge the support of the following:
Photo director : Alexandre Berthier / Julie Pelletier
Production Assistant : Bruno Bouchard
Sound Designer : Pascal Robitaille
Video assistance: Phillipe Lessard-Drolet
Post-Production : Marco Dubé
Performer :  Sébastien Provencher / Stéphanie Fromentin and  Louisa Rayside / Louis-Simon Pilote
Technical assistance: Nicolas Fleming
Special thanks to Bruno Bouchard, François Simard, Mathieu Côté, Martin Joly, VU, la galerie antoine ertaskiran, Recto-Verso and YYZ team.