Reflections

© D. Dion, 2000

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© D. Dion, 2000

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Reflections

An exhibition honouring the life and art of Daniel Dion (1958-2014).

Curator: Su Schnee, OBORO’s cofounder and life partner of Daniel Dion.

Exhibition
November 7 – December 12, 2015

Opening
Saturday, November 7 at 5 pm

Talk with Richard Gagnier
Conservation of new media and digital artworks
Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 pm

Talk with Su Schnee and tea master Bryan Mulvihill, accompanied by tea master Maxime Arsenault
Production of the Floating Teahouse and the traditional Chawan Kazari (Chanoyu) tea ceremony
Saturday, December 5 at 2:30 pm

Performance with Claude-Marie Caron
Saturday, December 5 at 3:30 pm

Chanoyu Tea Ceremonies
with tea master Bryan Mulvihill
To participate in a memorial tea ceremony in honour of Daniel Dion, please contact chanoyu@oboro.net

Thank you to Urasenke Vancouver Branch, Re-CREATE 2015 and Camellia Sinensis.

                          

OBORO thanks Su Schnee and Bryan Mulvihill for all their work in the production of this exhibition, and its board of directors, staff and myriad collaborators for their ongoing support and involvement.

Presented one year after the death of Daniel Dion, artist and cofounder of OBORO, this exhibition traces the poetic portrait of a visionary artist who has had an undeniable impact on the cultural milieu and on a diverse range of artists. Going back into the personal archives of her life companion, Su Schnee, the cofounder of OBORO, has assembled a selection of works and objects that exemplify Daniel Dion’s unique practice. With the assistance of several members of OBORO’s “extended family,” Schnee and Bryan Mulvihill, a long time friend and collaborator, have posthumously created two works conceived with Dion, one of which is the centrepiece of the exhibition: a mobile tea room where Mulvihill, alias Trolley Bus, will hold the Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony, commemorating Daniel’s life.

The exhibition is not presented as a retrospective, but instead offers a selection of Daniel Dion’s key works, including the dual screen video Great Divide (1990), the intimate work The Moment of Truth (1991), as well as the important photograph series The Head and Legs (1985) and PHOTOTEMS (1986). At the time of their creation, several works were on the cutting edge of new media art, making Dion a pioneer in practices that used innovative technologies in an installational context.

In order to honour this leading figure of Canada’s art milieu, the exhibition highlights Daniel’s unique sensibility and offers an overview of a life fully devoted to collaborative work with the aim of creating a culture of peace—also key to OBORO’s own mission—which he considered to be a living work in its own right.

The exhibition also features a publication with texts by Su Schnee, Bryan Mulvihill, J. R. Carpenter, Marie-Michèle Cron and Richard Gagnier.

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Daniel Dion

First and foremost an artist, Daniel Dion (1958-2014) contributed to the development of media and digital practices from the beginning of his career in the 1980s. Interested in the theoretical, aesthetic and spiritual paradigms that bridge art and communication, Daniel Dion instigated many transcultural exchanges between artists from Canada, India, Mexico, Cuba, Japan and European countries. In 1993, the National Gallery of Canada organized an exhibition of his single channel video and installations, for which he created—together with Su Schnee, his beloved partner, and Bryan Mulvihill—their most widely recognized pan-disciplinary work, World Tea Party, that has since been shown around the world. Daniel Dion dedicated his career defending the rights of artists through the production and dissemination of their works. Always working in a spirit of collegiality, he was, for years, the general and artistic director of OBORO, the artist centre he cofounded in 1982 with Su Schnee.

Su Schnee

Su Schnee, aka suschnee, has been a practicing artist for more than 40 years. She is the co-founder of OBORO and, in the function of artistic director for many decades, has been a key contributor to the development and success of the organisation. Su has collaborated with Daniel Dion and Bryan Mulvihill since the early 1980s on an on-going basis. The exhibition Reflections created for Daniel Dion is a combination of an homage to her beloved husband and artist collaborator and an offering to the Montreal community, in reverence and respect to the living art that has given Daniel and Su a life of creative and inspiring collaboration.

Bryan Mulvihill

Bryan Mulvihill (aka trolley bus) has exhibited, internationally, calligraphy, ink brush painting, photography, conceptual live art, mail art, multimedia and curatorial-based works since the 1960s in solo and collaborative  ventures. He has studied academically, and under numerous living masters, global culture with a focus on the nature of consciousness and human rituals of interaction. Bryan collaborated with Daniel Dion and Su Schnee since the early 1980s. Together they curated and exhibited new works in video, interactive technologies, and cross-cultural manifestations. They founded OPERA – Organization for Pan-cultural Education and Realisation of Art – and the World Tea Party with events across North America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Richard Gagnier

Richard Gagnier was involved for a long time with the artist-run centre AXENÉO7 in Gatineau, where he curated over a dozen exhibitions. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Artexte and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Art Gallery. Since 2007, he has been the Head of Conservation at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. From 2005 to 2010, he was part of the DOCAM Research Alliance on the documentation and conservation of the Canadian media arts heritage and, more recently, he was a member of a research group on the re-exhibition of contemporary art lead by Francine Couture (UQAM).

Claude-Marie Caron

Claude-Marie Caron discovered yoga, tai chi chuan, Eastern philosophy, visual arts, and theater in the early 1970s. He met Daniel Dion in 1978, and their friendship was instantaneous. Around the same time, Caron invented the word OBORO to describe the thunder of galloping horses without suspecting that this word would have another destiny. He had exhibitions and did performances in Montreal, New York, Toronto, and Vancouver, including Bansaï in 1985 with Su and Daniel. At the same time, Caron also experienced teaching as a form of creation. Later, he collaborated with Daniel as a choreographer and dancer in the works The Head and Legs, PHOTOTEMS, Anicca, and Great Divide. Their last work in progress, Ce Millimètre, remains unfinished. An exploration of consciousness is at the core of Caron’s work. His recent creations range from painting to textile art and writing. He currently teaches the Feldenkrais Method® and tai chi chuan.