Posts Tagged ‘Nuit Blanche’

Nuit Blanche Feature: Celebrating Black on White with En Masse

February 25, 2010

Jason Botkin, is a Montreal artist and co-founder  of En Masse, an ongoing collaborative black & white drawing project that’s being featured for the second time at this year’s Nuit Blanche Festival. He was kind enough to share some info on the project and what they’ll be up to this weekend:

EN MASSE mobilizes emerging artists from Montreal and abroad in an ongoing series of artistic conversations, a non-linear dialog connecting these characters in the creation of large-scale, highly spontaneous, collaborative black and white murals and public installations.

Since its creation in 2009, EN MASSE has worked within diverse environments such as art institutions (Galerie Pangée), public events (Osheaga Festival of Music and Arts, Smart Design Mart), private contracts (l’Agence Sid Lee), and within community outreach projects (EN MASSE @ Art Pop).

Our mandate is twofold; firstly to increase the visibility of new young artists, both collectively and as individuals, and secondly, to foster community-oriented art events and programming, built upon a specific form of collaborative interaction and immersion between the chosen artists.

This edition of EN MASSE is realized in association with Art Souterrain, and the Festival Montreal en Lumieres for the Montreal 2010 Nuit Blanche festivities.

Launching on 27 February 2010, Art Souterrain is the biggest 15 day underground exhibition of contemporary art ever seen in Montreal, bringing together a huge diversity of artists for a production spanning the 3.5 km of underground tunnels from Complexes les Ailes to Complexe Guy Favreau.

This EN MASSE creation/performance event will take form in the tunnel level of Eaton Center, live during the Nuit-Blanche, anticipating the participation of 30+ artists working on a string of canvases spanning 150ft long, by 3ft high

The completed works will then be mounted high above the walkway on the overhead bulkheads until the 13th of March, 2010, remaining highly visible throughout the commercial center.

As well, we’ve received permission to pre-install an enormous 30 panel (3’x5′ each) series of drawings on paper, into light-boxes wrapping round a central spiraling staircase, a key installation which will remain in the space indefinitely.

Be sure to add En Masse to your Nuit Blanche itinerary (see next post for details). Also check out Jason’s website to see some gorgeous drawings (in particular the Erased Faces series)

Nuit Blanche 2010: THE DRAWING TOUR

February 24, 2010

We’ve sifted through Montreal’s weighty Nuit Blanche 2010 program and extracted the drawing-related events to check out during this all night romp around town! Check ça…

Marcel Dzama (Musée d’art contemporain)

Marcel Dzama is known worldwide for his fantastic, anachronistic universe and his hauntingly outrageous works. (This show is on till April 25 and is not to be missed. D&D MTL review coming soon!)

Free | 6 p.m. – 5 a.m. | Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal | 185 Ste.Catherine Street WestmétroPlace-des-Arts

En Masse Underground

One in a series of large-scale, multi-artist (30+) drawing events. Freeform collaborative jams in black and white, exploring the relationship between fine and lowbrow art.

Free | 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Performance: 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. Zone 9 – Centre Eaton (underground)

Sid Lee Collective: Blackboards
Blackboards explores the theme of transience by inviting prominent artists to unleash their artistic prowess on ten blackboards throughout the underground city.

Free | 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Performance: 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. Zone 9 – Centre Eaton (underground)

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: Drawing from a Live Model at the Museum

Drawing from a Live Model at the Museum Draw from a live model in the evocative nocturnal setting of the Museum. Teachers will be on hand to offer guidance and answer your questions. From gestural drawing to longer studies, it’s a creative and tantalizing way to perk up your night!

Free | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. | The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts | 1379 Sherbrooke Street WestmétroGuy-Concordia

Grande Bibliothèque: Snowball effect!

Snowball effect!Come and watch authors and illustrators creating in the heat of the moment! Facing the challenge of the blank page, authors will pair off, rack their brains and surprise you with their words. Once they are finished, the texts will be passed on to the capable hands of a group of illustrators who will take up pencil and brush and transform them into works of art under your very eyes.

Free | 9 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.| Grande Bibliothèque| 475 De Maisonneuve Blvd. EastmétroBerri-UQAM
Leonard Cohen Artworks

Leonard Cohen Artworks Come visit the exhibition of sketches and drawings of the great poet, songwriter and singer Leonard Cohen. Self-portraits annotated in his own hand, nudes and female portraits, and everyday objects invite the viewer to share an intimate moment with this extraordinary Montreal creative force who have seduced audiences the world over for forty years.

Free | 11:30 a.m. – 3 a.m. | Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan | 305 Ste-Catherine Street West, 2e floormétroPlace-des-Arts   bus 15, 80, 129
ProspectUs (Galerie ARPRIM)

ProspectUs In partnership with Ateliers Graff, ARPRIM presents ProspectUS, a collective exhibition by the Edmonton-based Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP). These artists talk about the intimacy and immediacy of drawing and printmaking. With these recent works, ProspectUs opens up an engaging and stimulating dialogue about printmaking.

Free | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | ARPRIM 372 Ste.Catherine Street West, Space 426
métroPlace-des-Arts   bus 15-80-129

Galerie et Ateliers Graff: Art Ready-to-wear

Art Ready-to-wear

The Graff Gallery welcomes you to the Quatrième traitement exhibition, featuring sculpture-drawings by Martin Boisseau. Meet artists in the Graff Studios, and watch as a work is silkscreened onto self-adhesive vinyl. Then take a piece of this work with you into the streets of Montreal, becoming a “messenger of art.”

Free | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Galerie et Ateliers Graff 963 Rachel Street East métroMont-Royal

Au Papier japonais: Black and White

Black and white Au Papier japonais showcases 40 small works of black ink on manipulated washi. Grey, black and white tones reflect the spirit and inter-relatedness of dark and light, day and night, black and white.

Free | 5 p.m. – 6 a.m. | Au Papier japonais 24 Fairmont Street West
métroLaurier   bus 55

Tyler Amid The Treasures : An Evening Of Creation (Galerie Monastiraki)

Masks & cardboard constructions by poster artist Tyler Rauman adorn the gallery walls, surrounded by a mesmerizing sea of lost and found treasures, dada creations, light projections and ethereal abstractions. Also, prepare yourself for impromptu performances and spontaneous artistic creation!

Free | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Galerie Monastiraki 5478 St.Laurent Blvd métroLaurier

Atelier Circulaire: Live model and late-night scratching

Live model and late-night scratching

Accompanying the printmaking exhibition by Denis St-Pierre, a drawing session with model will take place at Galerie Circulaire (room 101, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.). This entertaining evening becomes more unusual as events continue in the studio (room 503, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) where, during the DJs live performances, the public is invited to create prints on vinyl records.

Free | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Atelier Circulaire 5445 De Gaspé Street métroLaurier

General 54: Which of these things doesn’t belong in a boutique?

Which of these things doesn’t belong in a boutique?

An evening of art and music. 7 pm: Vernissage. A series of 6”x8” works examining various small objects by painter Jeremy Gordaneer. 11:30 pm: Multi-instrumentalists Marie Davidson and Xarah Dion play and sing Les Momies de Palerme, songs and sounds inspired by immediacy, chaos, nature and our cultural heritage.

Free | 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. | General 54: 54 St.Viateur Street West

métroLaurier   bus 55

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Call for submissions: Re-design the Olympic rings

January 31, 2010

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