Elementary Particles

© L. Chan, 2009 (left) / © H. Claus, 2011 (right)

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© L. Chan, 2009 (left) / © H. Claus, 2011 (right)

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Elementary Particles

Exhibition (large gallery)
November 10 – December 15, 2012

Saturday, November 10 at 5 pm

Lucie Chan Public Lecture
Wednesday, November 7 at 12:30 pm
VA 323, Concordia University
(Visual Arts Building, 1395 Rene Levesque Blvd. W. Montreal)

Elementary particles are thought to be the fundamental building blocks of the material universe. Smaller even than atoms, they can neither be broken down into nor created from smaller particles. In their work, Lucie Chan and Hannah Claus each employ a process involving the disassembly of broad narratives into their constituent fragments, examining and re-creating them as composite structures. Where Claus is interested in myth and stories that relate the human experience to its position in the cosmos, Chan focuses on the way personal stories, deconstructed, collected and recomposed, create interrelated statements.

To do so, Chan and Claus choose a process-based approach informed by matter and the medium they privilege, rooted in both handcrafts and a history of sculpture and drawing. Claus methodically assembles by hand hundreds of paper ovals filled with graphite and suspends them into cloud structures. Chan draws a multitude of small portraits on paper which are then distributed along the walls of the gallery, while presenting the stories of her subjects in stop motion animated segments. Each artist generates an intricate system, constructed of basic components that influence each other, with no particular element having lesser or greater prominence. Chan and Claus both manage to elegantly create a holistic experience, while also providing multiple points of entry for the viewer: the works are at once simple and complex.

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Lucie Chan

Lucie Chan lives in Vancouver (BC) where she teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, but spent ten years in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she made drawing installations and animations. It was there she began doing participant-based / community works and took part in group exhibitions at the Dalhousie Art Gallery, the Khyber Center for the Arts, and Eyelevel Gallery, and had solo exhibitions at venues such as Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery. In addition to completing national and international residencies and exhibitions, she taught at NSCAD for 6 years after receiving her Masters there. Having recently completed a month-long residency at the Ross Creek Center for the Arts, this summer she will be doing a residency in Portugal where she will work with school children and other locals on a collaborative drawing project.

Hannah Claus

Hannah Claus is a visual artist of English and Kanien'kehà:ka / Mohawk ancestries. In her installation practice, Claus creates transformative spaces that highlight the inter-relational nature of Indigenous worldview. She has exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Mexico and Chile. Her work is included in various public collections, such as the Canada Council Art Bank, the City of Montreal and Global Affairs Canada. She recently curated the exhibition Tehatikonsontatie for the Maison de la culture Frontenac. Claus lives and works in Tiohtiá:ke - Montreal, Quebec.

Peter Flemming

Active for over a dozen years, Peter Flemming is a folk machinery artist, doing electronics handcraft ‘by ear,’ tinkering intensively and intuitively in the studio. He has exhibited extensively internationally and been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies. An occasional writer and curator, he has produced exhibition texts for other artists. He is an active board member or member of several local arts organizations. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Flemming currently lives and works in Montréal, where he teaches electronics for artists at Concordia University.

Claudine Hubert

Claudine Hubert is Artistic Director at OBORO since 2011 where she has curated several projects and exhibitions in new media and visual art includind Icarus: Empire Falls, with Mathieu Beauséjour (2012) or Elementary Particles, featuring works by Hannah Claus and Lucy Chan, cocurated with Peter Flemming (2014). As a member of the all-female collective Women With Kitchen Appliances, she took part in several sound performances. A translator by trade, Claudine Hubert also contributed to the foundation of one of Canada’s smallest artist-run centres, Third Space Gallery, in Saint John, New Brunswick.