The exhibition XL is presented in AXENÉO7 gallery spaces, as well as outside, in La Filature's backyard and on the building's front façade.
Slow opening on Wednesday June 7, 2023 from 5 pm to 7 pm.
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To kick off its 40th anniversary celebrations, AXENÉO7 is presenting XL, an exhibition showcasing the work of artists from the Outaouais and Ottawa regions. For this unprecedented exhibition, the centre will offer a wide range of works and practices from the visual arts to performance art, in locations that go beyond the exhibition rooms, to infiltrate other fortuitous places within the centre.
During the months of June and July 2023, AXENÉO7 will revisit the group exhibition exercise, a concept it has put on the back burner over recent years, but to which it wishes to slowly return. For 2023, on the occasion of the centre's fortieth anniversary, foregrounding plurality makes a lot of sense. But commonality is not the only intention. With its summer exhibition, the centre aims to pair practices from different horizons and across generations, without naming them, to bring them together in a transversal whole.
XL seeks to bring visibility and recognition to local practices, while building bridges between the various riverside communities. With this exhibition, AXENÉO7 hopes to reiterate the centre's sense of belonging to its community, both as a host and a friend. With XL, the centre is celebrating regional identity and the vitality of local artists. This gesture of inscribing the exhibition in the collective memory of a region it holds dear, will be like a legacy from the centre to the Outaouais.
The Hull-based collective 2J2R (Jessica Ragazzini and Jérémie Roussel) addresses the interstices between exploration and ends, autocratic discourse and ongoing dialogue, scientific objectification and the subjectification of research through creation. In February, the collective was invited to speak at the Thèse en création, interprétation ou conception: un objet complexe study day (Grazia Giacco, Université de Strasbourg / Chiara Palermo, Université La Sorbonne Nouvelle). In September, they will present the exhibition Recherche[tiret]création at the Centre d'exposition Art-Image.
Avril Boisvert is a multidisciplinary artist born in Toronto on March 11, 1999. She currently lives in Gatineau. She studied visual arts at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, taking workshops in painting, drawing and sculpture. The artist is particularly influenced by the work of Salvador Dali, as well as that of her grandmother, Nicole Soucy. In April 2023, she participated in her first exhibition at the Événement final de l'école multidisciplinaire de l'image de l'UQO.
Yekta Çetinkaya is an emerging, immigrant visual artist from Istanbul, Turkey, currently living and working in Ottawa. His research-based practice encompasses painting, sculpture, and installation. He received his BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2022 and received the Ottawa Art Gallery's Graduating Student Award of Excellence. His works have been exhibited professionally numerous times in Ottawa. He is currently the artist in residence at Artengine Ottawa.
Alongside his artistic practice, Çetinkaya is a writer and team member of Nosy Mag, an artist collective that highlights local arts and culture in Ottawa-Gatineau through reviews, events, exhibitions, and by providing resources.
I am an emerging artist living in Ottawa, unceded Algonquin territory. My practice involves using video, sound, and performance to interpret and reconfigure popular culture. Often this means placing my body in relation to found media. I’m interested in the mechanics of pop, both in terms of the technologies that are employed but also the systems and histories that produce it. Currently, I have been exploring hybrid forms of theater and cinema using projection and live video. Outside of art-making, I work as Film Operations Manager at the Canadian Film Institute doing technical logistics and programming for their festivals.
Anne Dahl is a contemporary Canadian metalsmith with a focus on ethical materials and
manufacturing. Anne Dahl creates a psychedelic renaissance where familiar silhouettes are reimagined with organic time based wax forming techniques. Trained internationally in metal smithing, stone setting, and sculpture, it is her love of conceptual and ephemeral art/life practices that inspires the collaboration between body and object. She is currently based on traditional unceded Algonquin territory, also known as Ottawa, Canada.
DRAMIS (Martin Simard)
Martin Simard, under the pseudonym DRAMIS, is a multidisciplinary visual artist (painting, drawing, construction, installation). He also works in the music field as a songwriter/composer. He began drawing and painting at an early age, making his own canvas frames. His first exhibitions were held at the age of 17. In 1996, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts and Design program at UQAH, now UQO. He has taken part in several group exhibitions, as well as a few solo shows. His work can be found in private and personal collections. Following his studies, he became a member of the AXENÉO7 artist-run centre team from 1999 to 2011, as an installation technician and artist assistant. In 2001, he curated the last project exhibited at AXENÉO7's former building, 205 Montcalm, entitled Au cœur des murs. Since 2011, he has held the post of visual arts technician at the École multidisciplinaire de l'image.
All to be continued, perhaps...
I'm an artist from the Outaouais region who works mainly in installation and photography. By abandoning the traditional camera in favour of alternative photographic methods such as cyanotype, digital manipulation, appropriation of images from the Internet and scanning, I aim to expand the limits of my medium by methodically constructing each of my works in the form of large-format digital collages and presenting my work as an installation. The extraction of the manipulated digital image into a printed proof on paper—or other physical medium—is a recurring element in my practice.
A CALQ 2021 Award finalist and recipient of the Culturiades 2020 residency bursary, she has received grants from the Ontario and Quebec Arts Councils and participated in several artistic residencies, including at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been shown across Canada and internationally. Her work is part of various private and public collections. She lives and works in Gatineau, Qc.
Colas Eko, aka L'Habitant Indomptable, holds a BFA from Concordia University and a Certificate in Visual Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). A multidisciplinary artist, curator and cultural worker, he transforms and reappropriates the dominant discourse to create a diverse dialogue through the intersection of iconographic symbols. Born in Canada to a Franco-Quebecois mother and an Ewondo-Cameroonian father, his projects reflect the hybrid nature of North American society and question the challenges of identity arising from ethnic and cultural ambiguity.
Nicolas Fleming combines his experience as an exhibition technician and construction worker with his artistic practice. He builds architectural installations, often immersive, designed to highlight the public's presence among his own creations and those of guest artists. In certain exhibition projects, he is simultaneously involved as an artist, technician, curator, promoter and designer. This multidisciplinary work has been displayed at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston, 2022), VAC Clarington (Bowmanville, 2021), Musée d'art de Joliette (Joliette, 2020) and Koffler Gallery (Toronto, 2019).
Ferhat Demirel (b. 2000) is an emerging, immigrant artist from Istanbul, Turkey, currently based in Ottawa. His artistic practice consists of drawing and painting. In 2023, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. He was awarded with the Suzanne Rivard-Lemoyne Graduating Student Award by the department of the University of Ottawa for the quality of his work.
Through her installations and sculptures, Katia Gagnon comments, often sarcastically, on the decline of unbridled capitalism. Her multidisciplinary approach to the culture of the end of the world, the collapse of capitalism and the Anthropocene has led her to explore new materials and techniques, notably robotics.
Marisa Gallemit is a Canadian-born Filipina visual artist dwelling in place on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat. Through an ongoing exploration of third culture futurity, found entities, and their potential energies, her practice leans deeply into Buckminster Fuller’s query: “Now, how do we make this spaceship work?”. Gallemit talks story, makes performances, builds objects, designs site-specific installations, and produces temporary public artworks with the goal of triangulating our precise cultural coordinates according to current local time.
Chris Glabb is a Métis, Indigenous and Queer artist out of Ottawa. His work explores identity, abstraction and pop culture through paint, printmaking, and photographic methods. He is expected to graduate his undergraduate program in 2024.
Mikael Gravelle has always been fascinated by art and literature. As a visual artist, he has exhibited his paintings in Montreal and Gatineau before studying comics and graphic design at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. In 2019, Mikael was shortlisted for the Prix de poésie Radio-Canada, with a selection of poems from Marelle et discorde, published by Hashtag in 2021. In his artistic practice, he draws on his own vulnerability to transform it into gripping, transgressive images.
Elizabeth Johnson's artistic practice often begins with an urge to materialize that which is untouched or unseen. Working at a cross-section of digital and physical media, she manually weaves screenshots into physical space with a computerized loom (known as a Jacquard loom). Her weavings include self-referential moments to the tools they're created with, as a nod to the interlocking histories between textiles and computers. She has exhibited in Berlin, New York, Halifax, Montreal and Toronto.
Darcia Labrosse graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal with a degree in animation and photography. Subsequent studies in the Visual Arts program at Concordia University in Montreal led her to question the media used, the very meaning of painting and "the subjective space in which we live, but beyond that, the other side of appearances."*
In the past, Darcia Labrosse has worked in the literary world as an editor, translator, writer and illustrator. She has published some forty books for children,
notably in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
She is a designer on the IEML (Information Economy MetaLanguage) artificial intelligence and semantic engineering project at the University of Ottawa's Collective Intelligence Laboratory.
*Anthony Gormley, sculptor
Geneviève L Richard
Geneviève L Richard is a multidisciplinary artist from the Outaouais region with a painting, digital art, drawing and photography practice. For nearly 15 years, she has been primarily working in graphic design and cultural outreach. Geneviève studied visual arts and graphic design at UQO, and is involved in the region through numerous collaborative and solo projects. Recently, she created a series of public artworks in the form of interactive murals and printed frescoes, for Gatineau's Sentier culturel and various organizations in the National Capital Region.
Jennifer Lefort was born in Montreal and currently works in Gatineau. Known for her work in abstraction, the artist was a finalist in 2018 for the Prix en art actuel du MNBAQ. In 2016, she won the CALQ award for Work of the Year in Outaouais for her exhibition Le nouvel atelier, presented at Galerie UQO. Her work has been shown in Canada, as well as in the United States and Basel, Switzerland. The artist is currently in production for a solo exhibition at the Castellani Art Museum in the U.S. in spring 2024. Jennifer Lefort is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami.
Catherine Lescarbeau is currently pursuing a PhD in Études et pratiques des arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions and presented various performances in Québec and France (Galerie UQO, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, La Mirage, Fonderie Darling, FRAC Lorraine). As a multidisciplinary artist, she is interested in the relationship between conceptual art and institutional criticism, as well as the relevance of these approaches today. Her most recent research focuses on the houseplant. By focusing her research on this object, Lescarbeau aims to develop an interface that allows her to reflect on the relationship between culture and nature within corporate and institutional spaces.
Catherine Levasseur-Terrien is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hull, who works in the fields of digital drawing, poetic writing and playwriting. She holds a BFA from the University of Ottawa, as well as a certificate in photography from the School of Photographic Arts of Ottawa (SPAO). She is a recipient of the Culturiades research and creation bursary. She is interested in psychiatric ritual, art brut and the phenomenology of psychosis.
Marie-Jeanne Musiol is an image-based artist who also creates experimental videos and books. She explores phenomena of an energetic nature and has been putting together a vast herbarium with the light imprints of plants captured in an electromagnetic field. Her photographic works, exhibited nationally and internationally, are part of the long history of the fusion of electricity and photography.
Bozica Radjenovic is a visual artist whose work explores the relationship between materials and subject matter, by meticulous handmade techniques and innovative poetics.
Radjenovic was born and educated in Belgrade, Serbia. She received her BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. In 1993, she moved to Canada.
Radjenovic’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, the Zepter Museum in Belgrade, the City of Ottawa as well as in various private collections in Canada and Europe.
Marc A. Reinhardt
Marc A. Reinhardt focuses on a practice at the intersection of writing, installation and performance. He has presented works in Quebec, Canada, Europe and South America. He has been a member of several collectives, including ACTION INDIRECTE and Kabane77, and now runs Le Clinique, a small experimental publishing structure based in Hull. He lives and works between Gatineau and Montreal.
Shane Rhodes is an artist living in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin, Anishinabek territory. Working with new and found material and experimental visual and book forms, his current work explores the archival past and how historic narratives continue to shape the ongoing colonization and settlement of North America. He is the author of six books, including The Wireless Room (winner of the Alberta Book Award) and Dead White Men (winner of the 2018 Ottawa Book Award), and has performed work nationally and internationally. He can be found online at shanerhodes.ca
Nicolas Rivard is an interdisciplinary artist and art history teacher at Cégep de l'Outaouais. Since 2008, he has been interested in new forms of contemporary art and, more specifically, how they are exhibited in venues other than those usually dedicated to art. His work has been published in numerous art publications and presented in Canada, France, Portugal and Morocco.
In keeping with his approach, he offers a series of functional "by-products" to be "exhibited" outside traditional exhibition norms. Each image is accompanied by a proposed use.
Originally from Ottawa, Benjamin Rodger holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA from the École nationale supérieure d'art de la Villa Arson in Nice, France.
His work has been exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally. He has received several grants and bursaries from the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa and the Fondation franco-ontarienne. He has served on boards of directors, organizing committees and juries for festivals, cooperatives, galleries, artist-run centers and government and educational institutions. Represented by Galerie St-Laurent+ Hill in Ottawa, he divides his time between his studio, his social involvement and the Cégep de l'Outaouais art department, where he teaches.
Romanian-born Canadian artist, Laura Taler works across a range of media including performance, film, sound, sculpture, and installation. Her work explores how memory and history are linked to movement and how the body is able to carry the past without being oppressed by it. Taler began her career as a contemporary dance choreographer before turning her attention to filmmaking and visual art. Her work has been praised for its unique combination of emotional resonance, wit, and striking visuals.
Florence Simard imagines and reworks reality. She takes a close look at its peripheries: traffic circles, vacant lots, wastelands, snowbanks and other natural spaces on the edge of the city. Her interventions in these non-places act as both anchors and attractions of softness. She uses photography, video and writing to document her work. Performative, tragic and perceptively humorous, her work offers her a place of her own, where she explores the re-enchantment of the everyday and the enhancement of its poetic potential.
Sarah Tompkins’ paintings emerge from the tensions of uncertainty and ambivalence which are made manifest in the abstracted image. The paintings prioritize process over outcome as they submit to creative and destructive forces.
Recent exhibitions include Words Unsaid, curated by Adam Barbu at Gallery 219, Ottawa, ON (2023), It’s Not Fair, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, ON (2022), and Sarah Tompkins & Katie McDonald, Galerie Z Art Space, Montreal, QC (2022).
Her new work will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at Lalani-Jennings Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON (2023). She is currently a second-year MFA candidate at the University of Ottawa.
Tour de Rôle (Fred + Dom)
Dominic Bachand and Frédérique Larivée Levesque form a collective. Based on the observation that artists wear many different hats to support themselves and their projects, the collective examines survival strategies in the context of widespread precariousness, and explores the artist’s condition with its inherent contradictions between autonomous work and survival work. Collaboration and the creation of spaces for reflection and exchange are among the strategies employed to counter the artist's precarious situation.
Williams was born and raised in Ottawa, on the unceded land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe peoples. Williams attended Mount Allison University to study printmaking and sculpture before returning to the region to live and work. Through an exploration of family history and myths, Williams reframes what is considered appropriate female behavior and in doing so, offers new narratives for the role of women within contemporary culture. Williams considers what we have lost in our passage from nature to culture—our skewed experience of the natural world and female identity—and reflects on how this dissociation has impacted her mental health, queer identity and sense of belonging.