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"SELECTION OF WORKS BY MONTREAL ARTIST GENEVIEVE CADIEUX"
2000-04-06 until 2000-07-02
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
From April 6 to July 2, 2000, the exhibition
Geneviève Cadieux will feature a number of large-scale works created by this
Montreal artist between 1993 and 2000. Its goal is to highlight the formal
diversity of Cadieux's recent work-which includes photography, photographic
installations, audio installations and sculpture-along with the importance of voice
and silence in her work and the new meanings they give rise to. Two recent works,
Paramour and Broken Memory, never before shown in Montreal, will be the
cornerstone pieces in the exhibition.
In Paramour, Cadieux has made use of video for the first time, to bring out the
dynamic underpinnings of her large-scale photographic work. The piece revolves
around a dialogue between a man and a woman. The man, unseen to the viewer,
answers the woman, who gazes straight ahead, reciting a passage from The
Malady of Death by Marguerite Duras. The exchange is based on a question
and answer repeated over and over, which illustrates that communication between
beings is impossible. But Paramour also leads to other issues. The works from
the 1990s were selected to focus on and explore these problems in greater depth,
in an exhibition that is more a statement than a survey.
Cadieux takes images of landscapes, the human body and the face to construct
new images in a carefully calibrated large-scale format, which often belong neither
to landscape nor to figure, but establish a new terrain. She uses stratagems that
traditionally evoke the modernist sublime (large scale, frontal confrontation,
atmospheric landscape, nothingness) to dominate the gallery's entire space.
The exhibition confronts viewers with questions about the body, desire and
gesture. Cadieux's works stir barely articulated areas of psychic understanding by
projecting and implicating a subject that desires. They are laden with conflicting
emotions (fear/euphoria, desire/repression, pain/pleasure, articulation/silence) that
all point to a crisis in subjectivity. In Paramour, the experience it creates in an
empty, white room is a kind of vertigo in which the viewer's stable sense of self is
unsettled, said Scott Watson, director and curator of the Morris and Helen
Belkin Art Gallery.
The exhibition Geneviève Cadieux was organized by the Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts, in association with the University of British Columbia's Morris and
Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
Stephane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine
Arts, is responsible for the Montreal presentation of the exhibition, which will
make a stop at the Hamilton Art Gallery before coming to Montreal.
A bilingual catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available at the Museum
Boutique and Bookstore for $34.95.