From February 05 2010 to March 07 2010

What have you been up to, Julie ?

JULIE LEQUIN, montreal

Exhibition february 5 to march 7, 2010
Opening friday, february 5, 7pm 
Artist talk saturday, february 6, 3pm
"A night with Julie Lequin", screening and talk for Nuit Blanche
saturday february 27, video screening at 10pm and 1am

The video titled True Stories (almost) is loosely based on her recent experience in conversation with three people closely involved with her personal life: her mother, her publisher and a collector.

The notes resulting from these exchanges are personal and full of humour. The reenactments, all performed by the artist, are inspired by the advice she received about how she should manage her everyday life and art career. Edited to create a coherent narrative collage, the video piece is exhibited as a split screen four-channel projection, and will be premiering at La Centrale.

Each persona in the video has a very distinct image that is constructed through the wigs, accessories and costumes made specifically for each one by the artist. The sketches made before this stage of production will also be presented at the gallery. They are part of an ongoing project titled Get ready for the Camera, that shows preparatory research for the costumes and the script for the video.

Julie Lequin’s projects weave personal history with fictionalized events in a manner that blurs the line between the artist as individual and the artist as a self-constructed persona. Originating from the experience of being a French-Canadian living in the U.S.A., her work explores questions of language and identity through a whimsical, crafty and satirical lens.
 

 

Julie Lequin is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Québec. Her preferred mediums are performance, video, writing and drawing. She received an MFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in 2005. Her work has been presented in the Americas and as well as internationally at institutions such as White Columns in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in California. Most of her work can be seen online at www.julielequin.com.

The artist would like to thank Rosie O'Gorman & Frank Abruzesse from Cow House Studios and acknowledge support from The Canada Council for the Arts.