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January 30 - April 2, 2016

Mark Clintberg

Opening event Saturday January 30th from 3pm to 5:30pm

372 Ste-Catherine West suite 216
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3B 1A2

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Mark Clintberg uses text, printmaking, glass, textiles, neon, drawing, public art, and installation as tools in studying the affective dimensions of cultural institutions and public space. This exhibition includes several new pieces, as well as pivotal recent projects that investigate the spatial, temporal, and linguistic metaphors for inter-personal relationships, and the intertwining of the personal and the public.

Passion over reason / la passion avant la raison, which revisits the work of landmark Canadian artist Joyce Wieland. Working with a group of seventeen quilters on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, the artist revised the slogan Wieland adopted from Pierre Trudeau in her quilt Reason Over Passion. Passion over reason embeds this new, politically oriented message into “strip quilts” created by local craftspeople.

Similarly referring to and altering the practice of an artist from another generation, 3 x 3 with Opening tool adapts the aesthetic language of Carl Andre, and presents a series of milled copper tiles that may resemble Andre’s work but appear to have been crafted in Greek antiquity.

The neon Text mess age is a sign that describes its own condition as a linguistic signal circulating in a vast, unruly network of other text messages.

Not the one but there is no one else, another text-based work, involves: a hand knitted fishing net made from buoyant twine; as a poster multiple; and a photograph documenting the single time this net will ever be released into open water. A retroreflective and phosphorescent cable knotted into the net traces out the work’s title in a spidery, disjointed type. It was produced on Fogo Island and was produced for the 2013 Sobey Art Award exhibition in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, when Clintberg was shortlisted for the prize.

His new suite of works titled pudenda are monoprints that represent shattered sheets of coloured glass. In a similar vein, the sculptural series The gift (that I protect) recalls a set of museological vitrines on plinths; each facet of glass is a different colour, and a single face of each vitrine is fragmented into shards soldered back together. While these pieces may resemble formalist abstraction, their representation and use of shattered sheets of coloured glass implies the nuances and fragmentary exchanges and vague memories that haunt the conclusion of many romantic (and institutional) relationships.

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Mark Clintberg is an artist who works in the field of art history, and curates exhibitions. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He earned his Ph.D. in Art History at Concordia University in 2013, where he was also an Assistant Professor, LTA. In 2010 he conducted Ph.D. research at Oxford University, St Peter's College, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He completed his M.A. at Concordia University (2008), his B.F.A. at the Alberta College of Art & Design (2001), and was an exchange student at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1999-2000). He was Shortlisted for the 2013 Sobey Art Award for the region Prairies and the North. His doctoral dissertation was nominated for the 2013 Governor-General's Gold Medal. Public and private collections across Canada and in the United States – including the National Gallery of Canada, the Edmonton Arts Council, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts – have acquired his work. His work has recently been shown at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary), AXENÉ07 (Gatineau), and Trapdoor Artist Run Centre (Lethbridge). Other exhibitions featuring his work have taken place at Locust Projects (Miami), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Banff Centre, Centre des arts actuels Skol (Montreal), The Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), and Eastern Edge (St. John's).


WORKS

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Vitrine   Vitrine   Vitrine
The gift (that I protect) 1
2015
contemporary and antique coloured glass, copper, solder
20 x 20 x 178 cm. (70" x 8" x 8")
Rdot
  The gift (that I protect) 4
2015
contemporary and antique coloured glass, copper, solder
49 x 49 x 124 cm (19.25" x 19.25" x 48.75”)
  The gift (that I protect) 5
2015
contemporary and antique coloured glass, copper, solder
65 x 65 x 208 cm. (25.5” x 25.5” x 81.75”)


Vitrine   Vitrine  
The gift (that I protect) 6
2015
contemporary and antique coloured glass, copper, solder
18 x 18 x 193 cm. (7” x 7” x 76”)
  The gift (that I protect) 7
2015
contemporary and antique coloured glass, copper, solder
32 x 32 x 115 cm. (12.5” x 12.5” x 24.25”)
Rdot
 


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Text Mess Age
2013
neon tubing, transformer, dimmer
62.9 x 68 cm (24.75" x 26.75")
ed. 3/3
reddot
  Our Arrangement (3 scissors)
2015
neon tubing, transformer, dimmer
20.3 x 25.4 cm (8" x 10")
ed. of 10
  Passion Over Reason
2014
Fabric, thread
variable dimensions
  La passion avant la raison
2014
Fabric, thread
variable dimensions
Rdot


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Not the one but there is no one else
2013
braided poly twine, polysteel twisted rope, and phosphorescent rope
854 cm x 914 cm (336" x 360")
  3 x 3 with opening tool
2014
Milled copper
91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm (36" x 36" x 2")
   


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Pudenda 5-2, 5-7, 5-1
triptyque
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
Rdot
      Pudenda 5-3, 5-4
diptyque
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
 


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Pudenda 5-5, 5-6
diptyque
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
    Pudenda 6-1, 6-2
diptyque
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
 


Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C
Pudenda 2-1
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 2-3
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 2-2
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 2-4
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")


Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C
Pudenda 2-5
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 3-3
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 3-4
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 3-5
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")


Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C
Pudenda 3-6
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 3-1
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
reddot
  Pudenda 3-2
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
reddot
  Pudenda 4-3
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")


Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C
Pudenda 4-1
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 4-2
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
61 x 45.7 cm (24" x 18")
  Pudenda 5-9
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
  Pudenda 5-10
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")


Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C   Mark_C
Pudenda 6-3
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
  Pudenda 6-4
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
  Pudenda 6-5
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
Rdot
  Pudenda 6-6
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")


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Pudenda 6-7
2015
monoprint on Somerset paper
35.6 x 25.4 cm (14" x 10")
     



VIDÉO

LINKS

- Mark Clintberg's website
- Marie-Ève Charron, « Les affinités électives de Mark Clintberg » , Le Devoir, 13 février 2016


PUBLICATION

alexandre castonguay catalogue MARK CLINTBERG
Long term relationship, 2016
Color catalogue including bilingual essays from Jon Davies
40 p. : 25 ill. ; 22 x 14 cm
ISBN 978-2-9808695-4-9
20$


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