HORS PAIRS. Afternoon Performances.

Sunday, October 6th at 3pm
A bus will depart from the Bain St-Michel at 2pm
The bus will return from Laval at 6pm
Space on bus is limited, please reserve before October 2nd : info(at)galerieverticale(dot)com
214, Boul. Ste-Rose, Laval

“OFF” Actions
Artists: Anne Parisien & Christian Bujold (QC), Hugo Gaudet-Dion & Véronique Guitard (QC), Jean-Sébastien Vague (Jade Barrette & Sophie Rondeau)(QC), Marie-Claude Gendron (QC).

On the fringe of VIVA!’s 4th edition, Verticale – centre d’artistes presents Hors Pair. Afternoon Performances. Vertical invites seven performance artists to the north border of l’Ile Jésus, in the neighborhood of Ste-Rose, to inscribe their practices in a well-known neighborhood that, for the occasion, transforms itself into an environment condusive to the reconfiguration of identities and the relations between the body and space.

Anne Parisien and Christian Bujold
The performance and visual work of Anne Parisien and Christian Bujold connect space and mathematical notions (trajectories, surface planes, convexes, concaves, parallels, etc.) with the aim of exploring the body’s relationship to the other. Attraction and repulsion, symmetry, reflection and other types of grid-based analysis become tools for considered and sensitive explorations. Working generally from a single directing intention, it is in the duration of the exercise that we find the evolution of the relationship with the other. In virtue of the space invested and the constraints interpreted by each of the parts, an enigmatic tension is generated, activating two bodies simultaneously paralleled and superimposed. It is in this context that the artists insert themselves and experiment. Between control and chaos, they play with the limits of a defined space by investing in the possibilities that present themselves and reacting to meaningful occurrences. Constantly in movement, their bodies are divided, reflected, superimposed, contradicting or in tune with their respective relationships to each other. The resulting work is simultaneously methodic, instinctive, and poetic.

Hugo Gaudet-Dion and Véronique Guitard
Véronique Guitard and Hugo Gaudet-Dion live and work in Outaouais. While she studied Visual Arts at Ottawa University,  he completed his undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at the Université du Québec in Outaouais in 2009. In addition to their individual solo practices, they have been collaborating since 2008. Their performances have been presented in Québec (AXENÉO7, L’Art Passe à l’Est, Espacémi), in Ontario (Galerie 101, Club Saw) and as part of numerous Fait Maison programs, an open platform for performance in Gatineau. In 2013, they participated in a video presented as part of the exhibition “Mes plaisirs sont plus sombres que les tiens” by Stéphane Gilot at AXENÉO7. They were also actors/performers for the video “Jeux” by Josée Dubeau in 2012.

Jean-Sébastien Vague (Jade Barette and Sophie Rondeau)
Founded in 2008, Jean-Sébastien Vague is a performative cell that brings together the artists Jade Barrette and Sophie Rondeau. This full name refers to neither of them, but rather a third identity in which they are united and confused as a means of experimenting with the limits of interchangeability and the independence of individuals. Jean-Sébastien Vague develops as a laboratory for the interruption of identity, using the body and its image, behaviors and attitudes as the material for generating experiences that inscribe themselves into the activities of everyday life, including those linked to the artistic sphere. Aligning themselves with furtive practices, punctual actions, such as the subversion of quotidian dress codes in an attempt to highlight the paradox between conformity and individualism, are realized in spaces as diverse as beauty salons and shopping centers. Jean-Sébastien Vague’s first solo exhibition will be at Galerie de l’UQAM in the spring of 2014 as part of their Graduate thesis. The duo lives and works in Montreal.

Marie-Claude Gendron
Québec native Marie-Claude Gendron completed an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at Université Laval in 2012. Her work has been shown in the context of solo and collective projects, most notably at Le Lieu, centre en arts actuels (Québec), at Galerie des arts visuels (Québec) and as part of RIAP 2012 (rencontres internationales d’art performance). Since 2010, she has been invested in the organization of independent performative events. As part of an initiative by Première Ovation, she received a grant for original initiatives in independent artistic dissemination (2012) and a curatorial grant (2013). She will be continuing her research in UQAM’s Master’s program in Visual Arts in the fall of 2013.

Presented by Verticale – centre d’artistes