|Caroline Gagné : Donner corps à l’insaisissable / Embodying the Intangible||Bachand, Nathalie, Caroline Gagné, Valérie Litalien, Viviane Paradis, Tamar Tembeck||Caroline Gagné||2022|
OBORO Publication 2022
Review of the publication in the magazine Lettres Québécoises, Number 187, Winter 2022
Review of the publication in the magazine Vie des arts, Number 269, January 23, 2023
Donner corps à l’insaisissable / Embodying the Intangible offers a retrospective look at the career of Quebec artist Caroline Gagné, whose practice is nourished by a tension between the fascination exerted by digital media and the inescapable need to negotiate with the materiality of things.
Richly illustrated, the 94-page bilingual publication includes three essays that situate her practice in the contemporary history of media arts. Viviane Paradis offers a look at the “sensorial expression of the barely perceptible” in Gagné’s art, while Nathalie Bachand discusses the embodied position of listening as a “mode of connecting to the world” in her work. Valérie Litalien reveals the relationships between web art, installation, virtual reality, and sound art that exist in her practice, while underlining her important contributions as a cultural worker.
Through these essays, as well as the exhaustive documentation of six works that have marked the artist’s career, the publication honours Gagné’s oeuvre and situates it in its rightful place in the landscape of current Quebec art.
Editors : Caroline Gagné and Tamar Tembeck
Authors : Nathalie Bachand, Caroline Gagné, Valérie Litalien, Viviane Paradis, Tamar Tembeck
Copyediting : Luba Markovskaia
English translation : Oana Avasilichioaei
French proofreading : Catherine Côté Ostiguy
English proofreading : Nick Frost
Graphic Design : Paquebot
This publication was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Regular price 39,00 + tx via PayPal
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|Reflections: Remembering the Life and Art of Daniel Dion (1958-2014)||Schnee, Su, Bryan Mulvihill, Marie-Michèle Cron, J.R. Carpenter, Richard Gagnier||Daniel Dion||2014|
This publication pays tribute to the life and work of Daniel Dion and provides an intimate portrait of this important figure in Canada’s cultural milieu. It is accompanied by two commemorative cards featuring Daniel’s work produced posthumously by Su Schnee.
With texts by :
Su Schnee, co-founder of OBORO, Daniel’s companion and artistic collaborator, and curator of the exhibition Reflections.
Graphic design: Pata Macedo
With original images of Daniel Dion produced by Su Schnee, and a detail from a work by Anne Ashton.
Produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts,
Price: $10.00, tax included
|Je vais vous raconter une histoire de fantômes: Videos by Nelson Henricks||Ross, Christine||Nelson Henricks||1995|
This bilingual publication features a curatorial essay by Christine Ross. “One of the important aspects of this work is unquestionably the interweaving, at once reiterated and reformulated, of the themes of communication, of identity and of something that could be referred to as an invisibility. This intertwining is particular in that it allows the image to raise the question of identity, most specifically of the constitution of the self in its relationship to the other, by calling upon a kind of detour which runs through the non-perceived, the imperceptible, the anonymous, the ghostly… or else, the known which suddenly reveals itself as strange, and above all as foreign. One of the key questions will therefore be: What is the invisible according to Henricks?” C.R.
Five recent tapes are discussed: Shimmer (1995), Emission (1994), Conspiracy of Lies (1992), Murderer’s Song (1991) and Legend (1988).
Ross discusses the themes of identity, communication and visibility in five of Henricks’ video works. Video descriptions by the artist.
Publication based on the exhibition Je vais vous raconter une histoire de fantômes by artist Nelson Henricks, curated by Christine Ross and that took place from March 29 to April 23, 1995
48 p., 30 ill. (1 colour), bilingual catalogue, $5
|Indian Princesses and Cowgirls: Stereotypes From the Frontier||Guthrie Valaskakis, Gail , Marilyn Burgess||Rebecca Belmore||1995|
In this bilingual publication, co-authors Gail Guthrie Valaskakis and Marilyn Burgess share their personal collections of historical and contemporary images of Indian princesses and cowgirls culled from the living archive of North American popular culture. Their critical essays challenge the ethnocentrism of the frontier and reclaim its imagery and folklore as a largely unknown but integral element of our collective post-colonial cultural identity. Adding a wry commentary on this imagery and folklore is artist Rebecca Belmore’s bookwork, created especially for the project. Together, the essays and bookwork take an original, feminist and Native view at how race and gender are produced in the pop culture of the frontier.
83 p., 46 ill. (23 colour), bilingual publication, $20
|Cathy Sisler: La Femme Écran/The Reflexive Woman||Gingras, Nicole||Cathy Sisler||1996|
This publication contextualises the work of Cathy Sisler in the current artistic practice of distorting images and twisting personalities. Illustrated with Sisler’s drawings and video images.
This publication is based on the exhibition La Femme écran/The Reflexive Woman by artist Cathy Sisler, curated by Nicole Gingras and which took place from April 13 to May 19, 1996.
ECo-production OBORO, N. Gingras and Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie, 56 p., 27 ill. (7 colour), bilingual publication, $10
|Vivan Sundaram: House / Boat: Sculptures in Steel, Glass and Video||Cron, Marie-Michèle||Vivan Sundaram||1996|
Marie-Michèle Cron presents the installation House/Boat shown at OBORO. Her essay focuses on elements of the work that suggest dislocation. The exhibition, in collaboration with OPERA, took place from September 20 to October 30, 1994.
30 p., 6 ill. colour, bilingual publication, $8
|Speaking Volumes: The Mediation of Art Practices||Robertson, Clive||1997|
The introductory essay points to transformations in public discourses on art in Canada during the last forty years. In addition, critical texts propose an alternative to the historiography of the eighteen works in the exhibition which include films, videos, documentaries and television programmes produced between 1957 and 1996.
31 p., 38 ill., bilingual catalogue, $8
|Cassandra: Voices from the Inside||L. Buckley, Sandra, Anne Carson, Annie Martin||Freda Guttman||1998|
The publication extends the ideas embodied in Freda Guttman’s installation Cassandra: An Opera in Four Parts first exhibited at OBORO in 1995. The three authors address the meaning of voice.
96 p., 10 ill. (3 colour), bilingual publication, $10
|Yoko Takashima: Bare Wonders||Takashima, Yoko||Roland Brener, Sylvie Fortin||2000|
Fortin analyzes Takashima’s work from the past ten years and Brener offers a personal introduction. This publication is based on the exhibition Yoko Takashima, curated by Sylvie Fortin and which took place from February 21 to March 22, 1998.
52 p., 11 ill. (9 colour), bilingual catalogue, $10
|Counterposes||Drobnick, Jim, Jennifer Fisher||Stéphanie Beaudoin, tarin chaplin, Colette, Kim Dawn Dawn, Christof Migone, Shawna Dempsey, Lorri Millan, Rachel Echenberg, Nathalie Grimard, Louise Liliefeldt, Christine Martin, David McFarlane, The Other Theatre, Kathryn Walter||2002|
In their essay, Display Cult, composed of Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick, discuss curatorial objectives and analyze the projects presented in the performance event Counterposes: Re-Imagining Tableauz Vivants that redefined the genre of the tableau vivant and took place on May 7, 8 and 9, 1998. Participating artists comment on their experience.
80 p., 81 ill. (46 colour), bilingual catalogue, $20
|Stupa: Built & Unbuilt||Purdy, Richard||Richard Purdy||2003|
This blissful book acts as the “built” part of the stupa whereas the exhibition materialized its “unbuilt” state. Since 1975, stupas have inspired artist/author Richard Purdy who in his essay shares his personal and professional encounters with the subject.
This publication is based on the exhibition STUPA: Built and Unbuilt, take took place from September 13 to October 18, 2003.
96 p., ill. innumerable colour, bilingual publication, $20
|Steve Heimbecker: Songs of Place||Bonin, Vincent, Anna Friz, Chistof Migone, F. Scott Taylor, Barry Truax||Steve Heimbecker||2005|
The DVDs represent video and surround sound portraits of four places: Halifax N.S., Montréal, QC, Vancouver, BC, and Springwater, SK. In the bookwork, five contributors were invited to reflect on the “portraits”. The artist himself contributes a text, which analyzes his last ten years of research.
|Moments||Lumb, Janet, Cindy Mochizuki, Donald Quan, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Roger Sinha||2006|
This publication explores the ideas, concepts and personal artistic experiences behind Moments, a series of live on-line performances produced since 1999 by OBORO and presented as part of Festival Accès Asie during Asian Heritage Month.
38 p., colour, bilingual, $15
|Diane Landry: Clutching at Dreams||Gale, Peggy, George Harris||Diane Landry||2007|
The publication was initiated when OBORO commissioned Diane Landry to produce a work in the fall of 2004. The works were developed in the course of residencies in 2005 – at OBORO in Montreal as well as Avatar in Quebec City. The first version of the exhibition The Magic Shield, which also included a video projection entitled The Lost Shield, was presented at OBORO in the Fall of 2005.
60 p., colour, bilingual texts, 1 DVD (NTSC, Zone 0), $25. Co-editors: OBORO and Two Rivers Gallery
|Laboratoire parcellaire||Canty, Daniel, Caroline Loncol Daigneault, Chantal Neveu, Jack Stanley||2011|
Four writers in residence at OBORO review art works and their contexts. Using analytical, fictional and poetical strategies, they focus on details, addressing images through their particles, creating along with the works, becoming witnesses, critics, weavers of reality.
Foreword by Chantal Tourigny Paris, artwork on the cover by Vida Simon, graphic design by Jason Milan Ghikadis, 2011, co-published by OBORO and La Peuplade, 187 p., black & white ill., French with one text in original English version, $20
|Coefficients d’intimité / Amplified Intimacies||Dubois, Jean, Lynn Hughes||Chloé Lefebvre, Jean Dubois, François Quévillon, Lynn Hughes, Heather Kelly, Karmen Franinovic, Yon Visell, Adad Hannah, Niklas Roy, Ying Gao, Matthew Biederman, James Partaik||2011|
Catalogue of the Amplified Intimacies exhibition, presented at OBORO from September 13 to October 18, 2008. The eight site-specific interactive works and tangible media devices come to life again, under the theoretical lighting shed by curators Lynn Hughes and Jean Dubois (co-directors of the research group Interstices) in their respective essays.
Graphic design by Pata Macedo, 2011, 192 p., colour, bilingual, $20
|Catherine Béchard & Sabin Hudon : Moments Adrift||Robert, Jocelyn, Louise Provencher||Catherine Béchard, Sabin Hudon||2011|
The publication explores ten artworks produced by the artist duo Catherine Béchard & Sabin Hudon between 2000 and 2010. Their practice embraces the fields of sound sculpture, kinetic sound installations, audio art, electronic art and performance often conflating all these media into one single work.
Essays by Jocelyn Robert and Louise Provencher. Graphic design by Pata Macedo, 2011, 144 p., colour, bilingual, 1 DVD, $25
|Icarus: Empire Falls||Beauséjour, Mathieu, Claudine Hubert, André-Louis Paré||Mathieu Beauséjour||2012|
The texts view the ensemble of the exhibition through reflections around the Myth of Icarus. A limited edition of 25 copies also exists with an original etching by Mathieu Beauséjour and CD. Contact us for more information.
This publication accompanies an exhibition curated by Claudine Hubert held at OBORO from January 14 to February 25, 2012.
Graphic design by Dominique Mousseau, 2012, 103 p., colour, bilingual, $20