PUBLIC ART/ART PUBLIC

July 1, 2019

“Remember this – Periboea’s advice to Penelope – as inspired by Margaret Atwood’s book, The Penelopiad“/Consulate General of Canada in New York

Dye sublimation process file transfer on Fisher Textiles GF 4607 – white, 9’ x 52’ 3 31/4”, 2019.

Site:
Consulate General of Canada in New York
466 Lexington Avenue, 20th floor, NY NY 10017

Architect:
Abdel Munem Amin

Thanks to:
Margaret Atwood
Karolina Sutton and Lucy Morris of Curtis Brown
Kerry Goodfellow, Olga Dobrokhotova, Douglass Harcourt, Melissa Rombout and Christal Becker of Global Affairs
Myriam and the team at Photosynthèse
Lalie Douglas
Guy L’Heureux

spencer CC01 copyinstallation shot: large room photos by: Chris Cooper/Global Affairs Canada

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installation shot: small room photos by: Chris Cooper/Global Affairs Canada

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“I do not see Penelope as a dutiful wife waiting patiently for her husband to return; rather I see Penelope as a woman who is independent, who governs her own queendom, and who loves the creative act –a woman who trusts the process of doing and undoing to do again. In Atwood’s Penelopiad the mother Periboea speaks to her daughter Penelope as she is about to cross the threshold into marriage. Atwood’s Penelopiad and this mother to daughter advice are the inspiration for this work.” kes.

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JE NE QUITTAIS PAS/l’école Ahuntsic-Annexe

Intégration des arts à l’architecture

Mur-rideau en verre imprimée, 8738 x 244 cm., 2016.

Site:
Commission scolaire de Montréal
l’école Ahuntsic-Annexe, 9900 Avenue d’Auteuil, Montréal, QC H3L 2K1

Architect:
Genevieve Goudreau, NFOE Inc.

Thanks to:
Gabrielle Roy
Lalie Douglas
David Martineau Lachance
Guy L’Heureux
Keller Terrance
Sylvain Boucher at Vitrerie Nouvelle Vision

 

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“JE NE QUITTAIS PAS” est une image graphique mettant en évidence deux textes écrits par Gabrielle Roy et publiés dans “Ces enfants de ma vie”, une collection de nouvelles qui s’appuient sur l’expérience de Roy en tant que jeune enseignante au Manitoba de 1929 à 1937. En lisant les histoires j’ai été frappé par l’amour de Roy pour l’enseignement et son désir de nourrir la curiosité et la créativité de ses élèves.” kes

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AKI
/Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games

Sail design for one boat, designed to be visible front and back, 2015.

Site:
Toronto’s Waterfront, Lake Ontario

Producer:
Part of the Watercolour project produced by the Textile Museum of Canada in partnership with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games

Collaborator:
Nadia Myre

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frozen blue/Théâtre de la Bordée

20’ x 20’ banner, 2014.

Site: Théâtre La Bordée, 315 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC G1K 3B3

Producer :
Ce projet est présenté grâce au soutien précieux de Louis Garneau qui développe depuis une vingtaine d’années un partenariat fructueux avec l’École des arts visuels de l’Université Laval.

Collaborator:
Nadia Myre

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MON PAYS/London Chancery, Canada House

Custom Hand-Tufted Area Carpet, 2014.

Site:
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5BJ, UK

Producer:
London Chancery Consolidation Project

Collaborator:
Nadia Myre

 

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QUÉBEC ROOM
Artists : Nadia Myre and Karen Elaine Spencer

Vision
The stated Vision for the Project which is Canada House is to become, “a window on contemporary Canada.” Taking this challenge to heart, Myre and Spencer chose to celebrate the contemporary by joining traditional art making techniques, such as ink on paper, to new communication technologies, such as Illustrator. These two approaches, the old and the new, reflect not only Quebec’s embracing of the contemporary, but also its respect for traditional culture. This marrying of two approaches to art production is also carried through into the content of the design where the bridging of the two official languages of Canada, french and english, is highlighted. Here, the artists are foregrounding not only the Canadian value of honouring two cultures, where Quebec is recognized as a nation within a united Canada, (a House of Commons symbolic recognition passed in 2006) they are also highlighting an important element of the diplomatic role — that of dialogue and bridging of difference.

Design Approach
Myre and Spencer take as the starting point for their design a line from the song, « Mon Pays » by the contemporary singer, songwriter and poet Gilles Vigneault. Vigneault, a poet who has marked the culture of his generation, speaks from the heart of Quebec. The phrase, « Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver,» translated as, « My country isn’t a country, it’s winter, » reflects the profound importance the winter climate of Québec holds for it’s inhabitants. The poetic simplicity and beauty of this phrase, presented in the two official languages of Canada, french and english, is mirrored through the geometrical simplicity of the design. The phrase, first rendered through ink on paper where the negative space defines the positive functions as a text to be deciphered.

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any other advice?/Paved Arts

Billboard, 2010.

Site:
424 20th Street W, Saskatoon, SK S7M OX4

Thanks to:
Nikki Middlemiss
Benoit Pontbriand
David Larivière
Anne Bertrand
Laura Margita
Paved
Skol

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photo by: Ian Campbell

The Saskatoon billboard from the transient traces was part of the group exhibition: une étendue apparemment infinie et tentaculaire organized by skol and facilitated by Nikki Middlemiss.

 

 

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