MPW

January 12 - February 18, 2017

Gallery 1
Caroline Monnet: Mobilize
John Player: New paintings

Gallery 2
Ripley Whiteside: Aquariums of Toronto

Opening Thursday January 12th from 6pm to 8pm

963 rue Rachel Est
Montreal QC H2J 2J4

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CAROLINE MONNET   /  JOHN PLAYER   /  RIPLEY WHITESIDE  / 


CAROLINE MONNET
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Caroline Monnet
Mobilize
2015
3min
nfb.ca/film/mobilize

Showing in the gallery’s dedicated video room is Caroline Monnet’s video work Mobilize. Produced with the NFB, Mobilize is part of a film series addressing Aboriginal identity and representation by reworking material in the NFB’s archives. A journey by canoe into the city creates a dynamic interconnection between natural and urban spaces. In this evocative short set to a hypnotizing soundtrack by Inuk artist Tanya Taqaq, director Caroline Monnet celebrates the fierce resourcefulness of Indigenous people in adapting to the dizzying changes of the past century.

Caroline Monnet (b. 1985) is a multidisciplinary artist from the Outaouais region, currently living in Montreal. She works in film, video, painting, sculpture and installation, and is a founding member of the Indigenous digital arts collective ITWÉ. Monnet’s work has appeared in exhibitions and festivals in Canada, the United States, France, Germany, the UK, New Zealand and elsewhere, including the Palais de Tokyo, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica, the Cannes Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institute, the Sundance Film Festival, the Musée d’art contemporain (Montréal) and Arsenal Contemporary Art. Monnet is currently working in Paris at the Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes on the development of her first feature Bootlegger.

- Caroline Monnet's website: carolinemonnet.ca
- click here to download Caroline Monnet's recent C.V.

 


JOHN PLAYER
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Shelter
2016
Oil on canvas
76 x 91.5 cm (30" x 36")
Backdrop
2016
Oil on canvas
84 x 106.5 cm (33" x 42")
Recent Past 1
2016
Oil on panel
76 x 63 cm (30” x 22”)
Recent Past 2
2016
Oil on panel
76 x 101.5 cm (30" x 40")


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Recent Past 3
2016
Oil on panel
76 x 101.5 cm (30" x 40")
Overflow
2016
Oil on panel
76 x 84 cm (30" x 33")
Observance
2016
Oil on panel
40.5 x 51 cm (16” x 20”)
Settlements
2016
Oil on panel
30.5 x 40.5 cm (12" x 16”)


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Heights
2016
Oil on panel
76 x 115 cm (30" x 45")
Quarry
2016
Oil on panel
30.5 x 40.5 cm (12" x 16”)
Acquisition
2016
Oil on panel
30.5 x 40.5 cm (12" x 16”)
 


On the walls of the gallery is a selection of new paintings by John Player. Player’s choice of images are diverse and far reaching, each one a piece in a puzzle of relational aesthetics and free-association. The stories and contexts of each painting are individually significant, while the ensemble evokes a message. The works selected here have a broader relation to the overuse, misuse and neglect of natural resources and romantic ideals of nature.

John Player was born in Victoria, BC in 1983. He holds a BFA in Studio Arts and a MFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University. He has participated in various group exhibitions in Montreal, where he has worked and lived since 2004. John was part of the Baie St-Paul Symposium in 2015 and of the Art Omi (NY) residency programme. In 2016, he was awarded the William Blair Bruce Travel Scholarship to undertake research cycling through former Soviet Republics. Finalist of the RBC Painting Competition in 2015, his work can found in numerous private collections and in the corporate collections of Groupe Courchesne Larose and BMO Financial Group.

- John Player's page on the PFOAC website
- John Player's artist website
- click here to download John Player's recent C.V.
- Bill Clarke, " STUDIO VIEW : John Player ", Magenta Foundation, January 2016

 


RIPLEY WHITESIDE
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Aquariums Aquariums Aquariums Aquariums
Dewson
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
63 x 63 cm (25" x 25")
Jarvis
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
124 x 96.5 cm (49" x 38")
Dufferin
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
124 x 96.5 cm (49" x 38")
Dundas
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
124 x 96.5 cm (49" x 38")


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Gerrard
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
63 x 63 cm (25" x 25")
Spadina
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
124 x 96.5 cm (49" x 38")
Grange
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
63 x 63 cm (25" x 25")
Margueretta
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
63 x 63 cm (25" x 25")


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Roncesvalles
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
124 x 96.5 cm (49" x 38")
Sorauren
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
63 x 63 cm (25" x 25")
Roxton
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
63 x 63 cm (25" x 25")
Bremner
2016
Aqua-dispersion pigment, watercolour, and ink
124 x 96.5 cm (49" x 38")


At first glance, Ripley Whiteside’s suite of drawings appear as menageries of colourful and exotic aquatic species. However, Whiteside’s juxtaposition of rare, beautiful and foreign underwater species now found in the Greater Toronto Area is informed by a deeper investigation of the ecological consequences of both aquacultural development and our need for spectacle.

Originally from North Carolina, Ripley Whiteside is a Montreal-based visual artist. He graduated with a BFA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2008, and earned a MFA from the State University of New York-Buffalo in 2012. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada, and is the recipient of various grants and residencies.

- click here to download Ripley Whiteside’s recent C.V.
- Ripley Whiteside’s website
- click here to view a field guide of the works in the exhibition
- Laurence Stenvot, "Les aquariums de papier de Ripley Whiteside" , Le Metropolitain, December 2016

 

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