Category Archives: Visual Art

Montreal Art Chat, Episode 3, Le Mois de la Photo

Montreal Art Chat, Episode 3

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Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal
Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal

In this episode Erica Blume and Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand discuss the work shown by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Dominique Blain (with Zoe Keating), Hans Eijkelboom, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi, Christopher Baker, MissPixels and Andreas Rutkauskas during Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal.

Montreal Art Chat, Episode 2, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi & Lorraine Pritchard

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Montreal Art Chat, Episode 2

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10 juillet 2015 8:56 photograph, digital print on canvas, acrylic resin 2015 70 x 105.5 cm (27.5” x 41.5”)
10 juillet 2015 8:56
photograph, digital print on canvas, acrylic resin
2015
70 x 105.5 cm (27.5” x 41.5”)

Calendar, 2015 Acrylic and pencil on washi 140.97 x 74.93 cm / 55.5 x 29.5 inches
Calendar, 2015
Acrylic and pencil on washi
140.97 x 74.93 cm / 55.5 x 29.5 inches

In this episode Erica Blume and Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand discuss Roberto Pellegrinuzzi’s exhibition Résonances at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain and Lorraine Pritchard’s exhibition Équilibre at Beaux-arts des Amériques

Montreal Art Chat, episode 1

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Montreal Art Chat, episode 1

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Erica Blume and I have started a new podcast that we are calling the Montreal Art Chat. In this first episode we discuss Leitmotifs which was at the Musée du costume et du textile du Québec, along with the Jon Rafman exhibit and David Altmejd’s Flux both of which were at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Jon Rafman
Jon Rafman
David Altmejd's Flux
David Altmejd’s Flux
Leitmotifs at the Musée du costume et du textile du Québec
Leitmotifs at the Musée du costume et du textile du Québec

It was originally recorded on August 28, 2015.

John Zeppetelli Interviewed

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John Zeppetelli (image courtesy Un Show de Mot'Arts)
John Zeppetelli (image courtesy Un Show de Mot’Arts)

Last week I was able to interview John Zeppetelli, the newly hired director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

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The John Zeppetelli Interview

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Following Up

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Back at the beginning of May I wrote about the trees on Rachel. Well now that it is June, it is obvious that I know absolutely nothing, zero, nada, rien bupkiss about dendrology and should think long and hard before thinking about becoming an arborist. Now that it is summertime, 44 of the 45 trees planted last fall have leaves and appear to be alive. Ooops, sorry.

Back at the end of May I interviewed Alexandre Taillefer about (among other things) who he was going to hire to run the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Last week he hired John Zeppetelli, who was the curator at DHC/Art.

There are a couple of things I figure should be pointed out (In no particular order). Because the announcement came out on the Friday before the biggest three-day weekend here in Quebec, the news got kind of buried, if not ignored entirely. Most outlets, if they chose to run anything, pretty much copy/pasted the press release (which while it was translated, strangely, has not make it to the English side of the museum’s website). Examples here, ici, ici, ici, here (with an additional three sentences), and ici with some context.

Overall I would venture that it is a good hire likely to get the intelligentsia and the nervous Nellies off M. Taillefer’s back for a while. As Mr. Zeppetelli’s art credentials are top notch and beyond reproach. (Hanging out with Thomas Demand, John Currin, Jenny Holzer, Michal Rovner, Christian Marclay and Marc Quinn will have a way of doing that to you.

However, since someone has decided that the museum needs to increase attendance dramatically and either make significantly more money (or conversely, spend significantly less), to me the more important person who has yet to be hired is the person responsible for the Administration/Marketing side of things. The attendance at DHC was insignificant and tiny in comparison to the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. I’d venture a guess that more people went to the Bank of Montreal Museum, Cité historia or the Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal than DHC/Art. I somehow doubt that DHC’s source of funding is going to transfer along with Mr. Zeppetelli.

I’d be interested to know (but nobody is likely to tell me) if the museum got a “home town discount” in hiring Mr. Zeppetelli? And how his salary compares to what Paulette Gagnon and Marc Mayer (the two most recent directors) were earning. If the Miami Heat can get a “home town discount” for D-Wade so that they can also sign Lebron and Bosh, thereby enabling them to win two NBA Championships, then it would be sweet if the MACM got a “home town discount” so that they would be able to sign someone like a William A. Moir or more realistically Mario D’Amico.

Interesting Tweet by M. Taillefer

I wonder how long was left on Mr. Zeppetelli’s contract with DHC? And does anyone want to lay odds or place bets on who the new curator will be at DHC?

Mr. Zeppetelli doesn’t start work until August 21, (enjoy the vacation) so we’re going to have to wait until something like 2015 before we will be able to see any concrete results of any changes he makes.

Then finally, I also need to follow up on the Rapport Du Groupe De Travail Sur La Philanthropie Culturelle which came out on the 11th of June. But as it is 106 pages of complex ideas written in French, it just hasn’t quite jumped to the top of my summer reading list just yet. I will get around to it, I promise.

The EZ Montreal Art Podcast, Eve Sussman & Michel de Broin

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In season two, episode nine of the EZ Montreal Art Podcast, Eloi Desjardins and Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand discuss the recent exhibits of Eve Sussman and Michel de Broin at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

The EZ Montreal Art Podcast: Eve Sussman and Michel de Broin

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Eve Sussman, photo courtesy Fort Worth Weekly
Eve Sussman, photo courtesy Fort Worth Weekly
Michel de Broin, photo courtesy Preevada
Michel de Broin, photo courtesy Preevada

To start off, since neither one of us really keeps serious track, we get the numbering completely wrong. Eloi states how he prefers a raw recording and Zeke goes along for the ride. The discussion begins in earnest with a list of shows that are happening during the summer.

After a couple of minutes of banter we finally get around to talking about the exhibits by Eve Sussman & Rufus Corporation and Simon Lee along with that by Michel de Broin. Zeke mentions how he thinks there are some missing pieces, while Eloi raves about Ms. Sussman’s previous work.

Zeke makes a joke. Zeke calls Michel de Broin disposable and is wrong in asserting that the Shared Propulsion Car was powered like the Finstones car. Eloi was right, it uses pedals. Zeke talks about how M. de Broin uses antique materials in Blowback. The two of them enumerate the works. Eloi calls them cute and witty. Then the conversation shifts to Eve Sussman. Eloi gives the back-story of the exhibit. Zeke states that he prefers to view each piece individually. While at the same time Zeke thinks that whiteonwhite is a masterpiece. Zeke reiterates what he likes and dislikes about video art. Eloi calls it complex and dense. Zeke asks a conceptual question.

Zeke realizes that everyone complains about attendance. Eloi brings up marketing. Zeke brings up the catalogues and gets confused. Eloi gets all personal and recounts a story. Zeke recounts a story from his interview with Alexandre Taillefer and explains why the catalogues are the way they are.

Things digress and Eloi tries to get to get some kind of ranking of the shows out of Zeke. Zeke explains how to view objet perdu. Eloi improvises a conclusion and Zeke asks Eloi for his rankings of the shows. The two of them talk about future plans and then finally the Trivia Question is asked.

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The EZ Montreal Art Podcast: Omer Fast

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In season two, episode eight of the EZ Montreal Art Podcast, Eloi Desjardins and Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand discuss the recent exhibit of Continuity by Omer Fast at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

The EZ Montreal Podcast: Omer Fast

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Omer Fast Continuity, 2012 Digital film, color, sound Film stills by Bernhard Keller  Courtesy Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Omer Fast, Continuity, 2012. Digital film, color, sound. Film stills by Bernhard Keller, courtesy Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

The conversation begins with a mention of the email we received. Then Eloi mentions the interview he had with Louise Simard who is responsible for multimedia installations at the museum (10:21)
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and how the Projection series is not as well publicized as the other exhibits at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

We point out how Omer Fast had been part of a previous exhibit at DHC. We talk about the subtitles, the logistics of showing a video, commercials on European TV and Omer Fast on YouTube.

Eloi wants to know how Omer fast compares to Michel de Broin and Eve Sussman and thinks that the Musée d’art contemporain undermined themselves and ponders their future and paying artists. And Zeke closes the show by asking the Trivia Question (email us the answer and win a fabulous prize!)

Eloi also recorded and interview with Omer Fast (9:28)
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