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EXHIBITIONS

LAWRENCE WEINER LI RAN / BNLMTL 2014
L'AVENIR (LOOKING FORWARD)

October 9th – December 7th 2014
Opening on Thursday, OCTOBER 9th at 5 pm

LAWRENCE WEINER
AN ABRIDGEMENT OF AN ABUTMENT TO ON NEAR OR ABOUT THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, 1969

Born in 1942 in the Bronx, NY, Lawrence Weiner lives in New York and Amsterdam. He participates in public and private projects and exhibitions, maintaining that art is the empirical fact of the relationships of objects to objects in relation to human beings, and not dependent upon historical precedent for either use or legitimacy. A number of artists in BNLMTL 2014 reference key moments of 1960s social activism, as a means to reflect on what is to come. In the case of Weiner, the Biennale curators chose three works by him, one of which is presented here at the Darling Foundry. Conceived in 1969 and realized in the Canadian Arctic during a period renowned for the development of dematerialized art practices, this period coincides with social activism in North America, particularly in Montreal concerning the activities of the Quebec Liberation Front. In addition to their historical context, Weiner’s works also address the Arctic, both as a territory and as a symbol, a region whose precariousness is also taken up by other artists in the Biennale. Weiner’s propositions need not be carried out, yet in this case he travelled with Lucy Lippard to Inuvik, where he leaned a cigarette pack against a dirt mound, dammed a stream, and fired a rifle at a rock: impermanent interventions in a harsh and sublime landscape.

LI RAN
BEFORE INDULGENCE, AFTER FREEDOM, 2013

Born in Hubei, China, in 1986, Li Ran is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Beijing. He uses a variety of media, including video, performance, painting, installation and writing, to investigate how art has been produced and framed by modern history. In Before Indulgence, After Freedom (2013), a roving, hand-held camera records lingering close-ups of young men talking of life and art, a rambling and fragmented conversation that suggests the sequence of confession, repentance, retrospection, declaration and deduction that goes into creating an artwork. Mismatched chairs, microphones, light stands and cables foreground the casual studio environment.  The title of the piece describes the young men’s situation in Beijing today – after freedom but before indulgence – where money talks and political connections are crucial. Chinese politics and living standards are neither easy nor fair. Young and educated, they speak of Nietzsche, Hegel and Heidegger as everyday living characters. But a romantic strain also appears: swans in love, natural timidity and the beloved woman. Still young, they seek to self-actualize while confronting a future without evident answers, always remembering, “A single slip can cause a lasting sorrow.”


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Karen Kraven, Dawn Hunt, 2014

KAREN KRAVEN
RAZZLE DAZZLE SIS BOOM BAH
Curator: NICHOLAS BROWN

October 9th – December 7th 2014
Opening on Thursday, OCTOBER 9th at 5 pm

Karen Kraven received her MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she was the recipient of the Dale & Nick Tedeschi Fellowship. She is currently based in Montreal in residence at the Darling Foundry, and represented by Parisian Laundry. For the exhibition Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah, Kraven has created an installation of new works inspired by horseracing, hunting and fishing, decoys and fakes. The Moiré effect is a secondary visual pattern and everyday phenomenon produced when two identical patterns are superimposed, creating a wavy-watery image. On television, this undesirable picture can often be seen when someone is wearing a striped T-shirt. The exhibition is an installation of sculpture and photographs that explore the illusions in dollar bills, fishing nets, duck decoys and Kentucky Derby hats.


More information: http://fonderiedarling.org/en/coming-soon.html


Darling Foundry
745 Ottawa Street, Montreal, Québec
514.392.1554  |  info@fonderiedarling.org

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