From January 21 to April 14, 2024
The exhibition Fil de trame brings together the work of artists Luc Pallegoix and RythÂ Kesselring. They both hail from Europe but now live and work in Quebec. Pallegoix embroiders on wood with Phentex – a synthetic yarn widely used in traditional Quebec handicrafts. Kesselring weaves natural threads with her loom, integrating them into her art installations with fibres from plants that grow in Quebec (such as flax and milkweed).
Pallegoix’s threads are interlaced around plywood panels with decorative features inspired by classical and neoclassical architecture. Kesselring combines her textile installations with sound.
On a loom, in order to create a piece of fabric, the weft (horizontal) threads are woven across the warp (vertical) threads. Metaphorically speaking, these two artists have interwoven the cultures of their home country with that of their adopted country, combining the techniques of the past with those of the present – resulting in unmistakably modern works.
From January 21 to April 14, 2024
Luc Pallegoix was born in France in 1969, emigrated to Quebec in 2003, opened his studio in the Eastern Townships in 2006 and became a Canadian citizen in 2020. Holder of a Master’s Degree in the Arts, Pallegoix has a background in contemporary dance. He is an award-winning producer of children’s shows and a photographer – famed for his series depicting men with deer heads. As an artist, he marries French and Canadian cultures, taking elements of classical architecture and ornamentation and embroidering them onto wooden panels. He also reinterprets Lunéville lace on metal mesh. This exhibition evokes an apartment from the 18th century, with its larger-than-life classical features.
December 14, 2023 to April 14, 2024
Gabrielle Bélanger is an artist of proximity whose work is a dialogue between intimate creative moments and collaborative projects involving the community. With an academic background in social work, the visual arts and sexology, she is the artist behind La Carriole, a mobile screen printing workshop that has been travelling around the territory since 2018. A recipient of grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and from Première Ovation, Bélanger has undertaken a number of residencies in various communities, as well as at some artists’ centres. She exhibits her work at solo shows, off-site venues and through performance art.
Through her artistic practice, she transforms spaces (interior and exterior) that are marginal, interpreting them as legitimate places to live in, and to live in ourselves. Interaction is the key to her creative, artistic approach. She injects herself into a specific scene, partly as an “observer” and partly as an “actor”, interconnecting with other people in the community. Creation imposes itself on her as a way of taking her place in the world, of putting up resistance.
With the exhibition D’un slow à notre ronde, Bélanger returns to the schoolyard of her childhood days, inviting first and second-year high school students from École l’Odyssée to participate in the project. Mon premier slow, an intimate work, was the outcome of a (self-directed) residency that involved going around schoolyards situated in the Côte-Nord, throughout the summer of 2020. This video, showing the artist spinning alone on a piece of playground equipment, addresses the issue of the challenging gaze of others. Finally, there is Notre ronde – the result of the collaboration with the Odyssée students. Bélanger worked on the project during a month and a half’s residency at the school, as well as at the Studio B-12 Hangar.