The artists’ relationship to the public space and onlookers
When you are working in a storefront window, you are both visible and invisible. Something about your actions registers, but it is impossible to measure to what extent. How can we know for sure that anything, an impression, even a fleeting one, remains in the minds of passersby if they do not stop and come in to start a conversation?
Going forward… How L’Écrin helped artists
L’Écrin acted as a primer for many artists. For example, Nicole Panneton just finished a video composed of footage shot inside L’Écrin. She transformed her experience into a performative and videographical action. This project will be distributed by Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV).
Andrée-Anne Dupuis Bourret used L’Écrin as an exercise book. Alone, in tandem with visitors, or under the camera’s watchful eye, she explored different actions and orchestrated little scenes using various images and objects.
For Judith Bellavance, L’Écrin was a dry run for a later installation. She usually does this type of work in the studio for photography, but in L’Écrin, these tests became autonomous installations.
In Julie-Isabelle Laurin’s case, she created a marionette named Clothilde. L’Écrin became a puppet booth.
The artists of Le Chantier – research project on the printed and photographic image had the added challenge of having to share this space. They took turns working, adding elements one at a time and insinuating themselves in each other’s work.
What next? …
We are currently planning L’Écrin’s second year. Our call for submissions is live, and we are very anxious to see the new projects.
Until then, we are starting the new programming cycle with a proposal by Ileana Hernandez, presented in collaboration with the Montreal Printed Art Festival. Ileana will be combining print and performance art to question the relationship between L’Écrin and the public space.
Banner : Judith Bellavance, Les alliances, 2018-2019
Nicole Panneton, Taire ce qui ne peut être dévoilé, 2018 and Caroline Boileau & Stéphane Gilot at maison de la culture Maisonneuve, 2018