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Concordia University's Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery presents


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+/-, Steve Bates, 2012


FDBK

2010 CLAUDINE AND STEPHEN BRONFMAN FELLOW IN CONTEMPORARY ART
STEVE BATES
Main Gallery, Black Box and the Ste. Catherine Street Vitrine

Exhibition:

May 2 to 25, 2012

Vernissage and 2012 fellowship recipient announcement:
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 6 to 8 p.m.

Catalogue launch and lecture:

Date and time to be announced


THE JEAN BERGER PROJECT
Stephanie Coleman, Wahsontiio Cross, Laura Findlay, Joanna Lemon, Julian Peters, David Romero
Curatorial team: Maya Soren, Lindsay Cory, Corina Ilea, Jessa Alston-O'Connor
York Corridor Vitrines

Exhibition:

April 30 to May 25, 2012

Finissage and catalogue launch:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where:

FOFA Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
1515 Ste. Catherine Street W., EV 1.715
Montreal, Quebec (Metro Guy-Concordia)

Gallery hours:

Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost:

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Information:

FOFA Gallery website or 514-848-2424 ext. 7962
(no voicemail, call during gallery hours)

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May 2 to May 25, 2012
Main Gallery, Black Box, and the Ste. Catherine Street Vitrine

FDBK: Steve Bates

FDBK marks the completion of a loop that began two years ago with the awarding of the inaugural Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art.

As with all things circular, once whole, there appears to be no beginning or end. The FDBK exhibition brings together a number of pieces that, although autonomous, form a coherent environment. From video installation, sound, light, and radio transmissions, to publication acts, the exhibition itself operates as a form of feedback. At core is the idea of interval, first popularly theorized by Pythagoras in his search for harmonic unity as being both the space between, and the relationship to, one another of notes on a monochord. This suggestion of sonic experience, that is, vibration as discernable by another, as being both of space and time serves as the reference to which Bates provides feedback, both negative and positive. The artist tugs and pokes at the unifying systems suggested by the likes of Pythagoras and cybernetics as he furthers his inquiry into other authors, (Bergson, Shannon, Cocteau) and ideas that investigate the connections between science, music and mysticism.

A publication featuring a text commissioned from Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt in English and French, and designed by Jim Verburg, will be launched simultaneous to a public lecture by the artist. Please visit the FOFA Gallery website for additional information.


April 30 to May 25, 2012

York Corridor Vitrines

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The Jean Berger Project

Jean Berger always claimed to be a painter in front of his judges. Beyond these statements, no evidence exists of his works or artistic career. Instead, the breadth of historical information surrounding his life originates from court documents chronicling his many problems with the justice system and the resulting masterful avoidance of punishment that culminated in his escape from prison to New England around 1710. The attempt to construct Berger's history proves to be a challenging one, but from all recovered traces of his life, his missing (art)work stands out.

The Jean Berger Project will explore the inevitable gaps that determine historical research and knowledge. This project envisions the absence of knowledge about Jean Berger as a space for productive interpretation and creation to be filled in by the imagination of the artists. This "blurred" knowledge will make room for intersections between art, historical research, artistic practice and curatorial Strategies.

For more information about this exhibition, visit the Jean Berger Project website.


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