I’m happy to be ringing in the new year with two exciting pieces of news.
First, a portfolio of my 2015 series ‘A Peaceable Kingdom’ is featured in the November/December 2016 issue of Orion Magazine. The issue even includes a tipped in poster – amazing! If you’re interested in picking one up, the magazine is available at many bookstores and newsstands, or you can order a copy via http://orionmagazine.org/
Second, I’m happy to share that my most recent series ‘Aquariums of Toronto’ (which was exhibited last month at Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Toronto) is coming to Montreal. To be exhibiting this work alongside Caroline Monnet and John Player at PFOAC’s beautiful new Plateau location is an absolute thrill. If you’re in town, the vernissage is Thursday from 6-8. I’d love to see you there!
I hope this finds you all well. Happy new year!
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain présente / presents
Caroline Monnet: Mobilize (Mobiliser)
John Player: Nouvelles peintures
Ripley Whiteside: The Aquariums of Toronto
12 janvier – 18 février 2017
January 12 – February 18, 2017
Vernissage: le jeudi 12 janvier de 18h à 20h
Opening event: Thursday January 12, from 6 to 8 pm
Seront présents / in attendance: John Player et Ripley Whiteside
963 rue Rachel Est
Montréal QC H2J 2J4
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present the work of three exciting emerging talents in Montreal: Caroline Monnet, John Player, and Ripley Whiteside.
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.
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.
At first glance, Ripley Whiteside’s suite of drawings The Aquariums of Toronto 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.
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.
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.
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. A portfolio of his drawings from the Peaceable Kingdom series is featured in Nov/Dec 2016 Orion Magazine .
For more information, please consult the page for the exhibitions Monnet-Player-Whiteside
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, 963 rue Rachel Est., Montréal, Québec H2J2J4 Canada