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Posted by Jenny / March 13, 2009

Curated by Nick Younes of INDECENT XPOSURE fame, the IN/DECENT XPOSURE art show, part of the Art Matters festival, is spontaneous, psychedelic, bold, in-your-face, and definitely too cool for (art) school.

Running at Galerie Artefacto, a warehouse converted into an arts venue, the exhibition is all over the place, featuring nine budding artists working in just about as many mediums. The works may have little to do with one another, but the atmosphere of the space binds them together. It’s topsy-turvy in an orderly way: paradoxical, but it works.

Stéphanie Beaulieu made me her victim after seeing me from across the room. The Studio Arts student was so charismatic that I couldn’t say no to donating a piece of my hair to her installation, titled “Evidence” as per Younes. Don’t worry—the sample was collected in a very humane way. I was even asked to provide my signature. Beaulieu had already engaged about 150 eager donors, who hairs hung from a stretched-out wire. “I really better stay out of trouble now,” I joked, “because you’ve got a sample of my DNA.”

20090312_indcxp04.jpg “If & When” by the Get Along Palace collective was easily the most technically challenging and memorable piece of the show. Displayed on a mid-20th-century wallpapered wall, five characters interacted with one another from five different screens camouflaged as picture frames. The concept is brilliant and the execution is flawless, and it made me wish I hadn’t dropped out of art school back in the day.

Wandering deeper into the gallery, my friend and I stumbled upon two more exhibitions: Canadian Shield, consisting of photography, drawings and multimedia work dealing with our national identity, from pictures of deer in the snow-covered woods to a bright fuchsia mixed media commentary on the war in Afghanistan—truly worth seeing.

The last room was the strangest of all. Les Irrégularités ranks among one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen. Fake “bacteria” hung from the walls and ceiling. Drawings of morphed animals were featured in hand-made wooden frames. In a corner was an installation piece about the reproduction of chickens, and in the center of the room hung, I kid you not, a real live rat in a plastic tube.

Upon our inspection, the rat appeared to be comfortable and well fed, so no animal rights activists were called on the premises. After all, many of you have heard of Guillermo “Habacuc” Vargas and the case that became known as “the dog killed in the name of art.”

I’m not sure how I would feel about being part of an installation piece, personally. Perhaps if I were asked for my signature.


Galerie Artefacto

661 Rose-De-Lima



Luana / February 4, 2015 at 08:33 am
Those three words Trust, Give, Expect and your comments on each one bring us into a space of power and stnetgrh no matter what challenge we face. Thank you Rene!
doxycycline / March 31, 2015 at 09:31 am
Tout ceci est si crédible que même les écologistes allemands n’y croient pas eux même. Ils poussent à relancer la production électrique grace aux centrales à charbon.Ou est la cohérence de tout ceci ?Soit c’est sûr et réellement dramatique, et alors il faut diminuer au plus vite le CO2, soit on est pas très sûr et il faut gérer les priorités. Pour mémoire 10000 personnes meurent de faim chaque jour en ce moment même !

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