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Lise Beaudry, Underscape (video still), 2011
Lise Beaudry: Sur la glace | Standing on Ice
May 10th – July 8th, 2012
A Featured Exhibition of SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 3C1
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Art Gallery of Mississauga
Lise Beaudry: Sur la glace | Standing on Ice
Winner of the BMW Exhibition Prize for Featured and Open Exhibitions
at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
A Featured Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (scotiabankcontactphoto.com)
Lise Beaudry's exhibition Sur la glace | Standing on Ice, on view at the Art Gallery of Mississauga until July 8th, won the BMW Exhibition Prize at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival last Thursday evening, May 16th, at the MOCCA, Toronto. The BMW prize, which comes with a $5000 award, acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in CONTACT each year, selected from Featured and Open Exhibitions. A winner is chosen by the jury based on "the caliber and concept of the work, the curatorial vision, and the overall impact of the exhibition." (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival website)
This year's jury includes photographer, educator and Daylight Magazine founding editor Michael Itkoff and Ryerson Image Centre Researcher in Residence Dr. Thierry Gervais.
"I am so pleased and honoured to be the recipient of the BMW exhibition award in CONTACT 2012 for my exhibition Standing on Ice at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. I am grateful for the support of the CONTACT staff and the generosity of BMW. I look forward to using the award to produce new works!" Lise Beaudry, Artist
"Lise Beaudry brings with her confidence and professionalism an engaging way of seeing the Canadian landscape anew."
Stuart Keeler, AGM Curator & Director of Programmes
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Sur la glace / Standing on Ice is part of Lise Beaudry's ongoing investigation into the culture of the Ontario north. Returning to the Franco-Ontarian lake community where she grew up, Beaudry documents a landscape she knows personally. Her photographic series of monochromatic studies, WhiteScapes (2010), create an abstract portrait of the temporal states of ice and snow. Shot under grey cloud cover, the artist carefully considers the angle of view, aperture, exposure, and printing process to create images that attempt to expose the limits of the photograph. The artist says, "They appear to be of almost nothing." Suggesting the experience of walking to the centre of a frozen lake, these photos point to a spiritual subtext–implying a rite of sacred navigation.
Beaudry's video projection, Zone (2011), uses an underwater camera to capture the grey-tone beauty of water moving beneath the cover of snow and ice. The work's audio component, made in collaboration with media artist and composer Michelle Irving, was produced by submerging microphones under the frozen lake. Zone's muffled bass and the echo of sound, experienced with headphones, provide an ambient soundtrack for the viewing of quiet and minimal images.
"For several months, I have worked hard to bring together my new work with previous and archival works which led to the production of white minimal photographs of frozen lakes. It has been a great pleasure to work with curator Stuart Keeler to make sense of the images in the context of the exhibition and the two gallery spaces of the Art Gallery of Mississauga. "
Lise Beaudry, Artist
A catalogue has been produced by the AGM, with critical text by Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator, RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE, Ryerson University, Toronto and Stuart Keeler, Curator & Director of Programmes at the ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA. The catalogue was designed by Rob Gray of Laser Reproduction.
Free Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2012 catalogues are available at the AGM.
ARTIST WALK THE TALK
Thursday May 31, 7 pm
FREE | RSVP
Persilia Caton, Artistic Project Manager at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, will join artist Lise Beaudry in conversation with Stuart Keeler during an informal conversation and walk through Sur la Glace | Standing on Ice.
RSVP 905 896 5088 / email@example.com
A comprehensive listing of Outreach activities and Education learning events are planned in conjunction with the exhibition. Please consult the website for details.
ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA
The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery located in the Mississauga Civic Centre, across from Square One Mall. The AGM is accessible via GO TRANSIT from Toronto. The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors.
The Mission of the AGM is to promote awareness and the appreciation of the visual arts through the operation, development and growth of a public, not-for-profit art gallery. The mandate of the Gallery is to "bring art to the community and the community to art."
2012 marks the AGM's 25th Anniversary. The AGM is pleased to take this opportunity to introduce even more innovative and exciting art exhibitions and programming to the Mississauga community. This year, the AGM launches its Education and Programming philosophy: ENGAGE, THINK and INSPIRE. These principles, combined with Creativity and Imagination reflects our high level of compassion and appreciation for the artist process, provide the highest quality intellectual introduction to critical thinking and instruction. The AGM has also recently launched the XIT-RM, a new exhibition space dedicated to regional artists. On-view at the XIT-RM is Morris Lum: New Cultural Topographics. Check the AGM website often, or contact the Gallery to stay up-to-date on the latest initiatives.
Directions to the AGM, as well as transit routes and other information, can be found on the website.