2017 | ENDLESS LANDSCAPE: CEDRIC, NATHAN AND JIM BOMFORD, MICHEL DE BROIN, ALEXANDRE DAVID, MARIA HUPFIELD, NOÉMIE LAFRANCE AND PETER JACOBS, NADIA MYRE AND THE OGIMAA MIKANA PROJECT, GRAEME PATTERSON, DOMINIQUE PÉTRIN, SAMUEL ROY-BOIS AND JUSTIN WONNACOTT
EXHIBITION FROM JUNE 28 TO AUGUST 30, 2017
La Fonderie, 211, Montcalm Street, and AXENÉO7 — La Filature, 80, Hanson Street, Gatineau
The artist-run center AXENÉO7, in collaboration with the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene, Centre multisport de Gatineau DAÏMÔN, Galerie SAW Gallery, Galerie UQO and Théâtre du Trillium, presents Endless Landscape, a major visual arts event in Gatineau’s historic La Fonderie building during the entire Summer of 2017.
La Fonderie is one of the few remaining vestiges of Gatineau’s industrial heritage. This Eiffel-style building, which has had several vocations over the years, was recently converted into a multisport training centre. Its over 58,000 square feet make it an inspiring place for the creation of large-scale in situ works. AXENÉO7 selected artists from various regions of Canada to encourage a wide range of original installations that reflect the multidimensional approaches to contemporary visual arts.
Endless Landscape is a commissioning project premiering all new work by leading Canadian and Indigenous visual artists. From whimsical to political, the installations presented from June 28 to August 30 are as surprising as they are illuminating. This unique event brings artists and audiences together to reflect up the intricate relationships that Canadians and First Peoples maintain with the land.
- Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford (Victoria)
- Michel de Broin (Montreal)
- Alexandre David (Montreal)
- Maria Hupfield (New York)
- Noémie Lafrance and Peter Jacobs (New York)
- Nadia Myre (Montreal) and The Ogimaa Mikana Project (Ottawa / Toronto)
- Graeme Patterson (Sackville)
- Dominique Pétrin (Montreal)
- Samuel Roy-Bois (Kelowna)
- Justin Wonnacott (Ottawa)
Here are a few highlights of Endless Landscape:
- Sobey Art Award winner Nadia Myre teams up with the Ogimaa Mikana Project to produce a text work in Anishinabeg covering a part of the façade of the foundry building, visible at night from kilometres away.
- Recent Banksy collaborator Dominique Pétrin will create a print-based installation in the main lobby depicting Canada invaded by aliens.
- Originally from Gatineau and based in New York City, groundbreaking choreographer Noémie Lafrance, in collaboration with Peter Jacobs, premieres a new performance work on how bodies are governed, by Trump and company.
- Family trio Cedric, Jim and Nathan Bomford from Victoria construct a large cooling tower, which visitors are invited to climb upon, providing stunning views inside the immense foundry space.
- Close to the foundry site, at La Filature, AXENÉO7 presents a major exhibition of Ottawa artist Justin Wonnacott, who has spent close to 20 years photographing public art works in the Outaouais and National Capital region.
- Produced and organized by DAÏMÔN, INTERSTICES: A sound art itinerary is an immersive project featuring seven artists and collectives in the Montcalm sector of Gatineau. From La Fonderie to La Filature, discover outdoor and indoor audio works by Audiotopie, Adam Basanta, Nicolas Bernier, Geert-Jan Hobijn, Christof Migone, Julie Nagam and Sonia Paço-Rocchia, demonstrating the diversity of sound art today.
- Galerie UQO presents Points of View a series of activities bringing together the artists associated with the project Endless Landscape and guest speakers to reflect on and discuss the issues raised by the production and presentation of monumental artworks in the Fonderie. The Points of View programming begins with two Discussion Evenings, with the participation of the ten artists who participated in the project and two guest moderators — Geneviève Saulnier and Stefan St-Laurent — to discuss the issues raised by their artistic projects. Over the course of the summer, four Lecture Evenings will be held, moderated by artistes, researchers, curators and specialists — Louise N. Boucher, Steven Loft, Suzanne Paquet, Jonathan Saughnessy, Ryan Stec, Justin Wonnacott and Jakub Zdebik — who will present their points of view on the project. The talks all take place at La Filature, 80 Hanson Street, Gatineau. Coordinator of Points of View: Jean-Michel Quirion.
Curatorial think tank:
Josée Dubeau, Catherine Lescarbeau, Geneviève Saulnier, Stefan St-Laurent and Jean-Yves Vigneau.
Funders and Partners:
Canada Council for the Arts, Ville de Gatineau, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Gatineau 2017, National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene, Centre multisport de Gatineau, Galerie SAW Gallery, Galerie UQO, Théâtre du Trillium, Canada Summer Jobs, Brumi Confort, Idéeclic, Available Light Screening Collective and Culture Outaouais.
La Fabrique culturelle of Télé-Québec.