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2016

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walk a mile in her shoes : the art of karen elaine spencer

by christine redfern

in:

More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women

Vol. 2, ed. by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars  420 pp. , 264 b/w photos, 18 colour plates ISBN 978-0-920397-64-0 (softcover) Montreal and Toronto: Artexte Editions/YYZBOOKS, 2016.

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ENCAN ESSE 2016,  24 novembre, Musee d’art contemporain de Montréal

to bid and for more information on the auction  click on link : http://encan.esse.ca

Numéro de lot : 6
stars around the beautiful (extract of “If Not, Winter, Fragments of Sappho“, by Anne Carson)

Cette peinture transcrit la traduction par Anne Carson d’un fragment de poème écrit par Sappho – un fragment où il est question de la lune, des étoiles et, de manière peut-être plus évocatrice, de la position des étoiles qui acceptent de « dissimuler leur forme lumineuse ». La peinture, qui se présente comme un texte blanc sur fond noir et recourt à dessein à l’humilité du carton, rejoue la performance du fragment, la « dissimulation ». La peinture nous demande de prendre le temps de déchiffrer le texte, de lever nos yeux et de remarquer non seulement la brillance de la lune pleine, mais aussi la luminosité des étoiles.

This painting transcribes an Anne Carson translation of a fragment from a poem written by Sappho – a fragment which speaks of the moon and the stars, but perhaps most evocatively, the position the stars assume of “hiding back their luminous form” while in the presence of the full moon. Presented as white text on a black ground, deliberately employing the humble status of cardboard, the painting repeats the performance of the fragment, the “hiding back.” The painting asks us to take the time to decipher the text, to lift up our eyes and notice not only the brightness of the full moon, but also the quiet luminosity of the stars.

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ELLEPHANT at Art Toronto October 28-31, 2016

http://www.arttoronto.ca/galleries/2016-participating-galleries/main/ellephant

ELLEPHANT

2016 Exhibiting Artists

Catherine Béchard & Sabin Hudon
Jean-Pierre Gauthier
Eliza Griffiths
Philomène Longpré
Sabrina Ratté
Skawennati
karen elaine spencer
Elena Willis

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word word word, (diptych)
Hand-painted ink on Arches paper
33 x 25 Inches each, framed

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Le samedi 1er octobre 2016, entre 12:00 et 17h00.

DÉPART :
Le départ aura lieu à l’abri mobile de DARE-DARE situé à l’angle des rues Atwater, Notre-Dame et de la rue Doré.

Artistes :

Kevin BEAULIEU
Laurence N. BÉLAND
Daniel CANTY
Louich
Charles-Antoine FRÉCHETTE
Karilee FUGLEM
Catherine LESCARBEAU
Véronique LÉPINE
Gabrielle PFALZGRAF
Ophélie QUEFFURUS
Douglas SCHOLES
karen elaine SPENCER
Denis WONG

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 Project
 Edited by Sheryl Oring

Distributed for Intellect Ltd
 222 pages | 170 color plates | 9 x 9 | © 2016

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karen elaine spencer performs “the sitter” with Danielle Berthiaume et John Thomas

as part of

Filiations – Série de performances | Karen Elaine Spencer + Jean-Sébastien Vague

at

Fonderie Darling
745, rue Ottawa, Montreal
Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 PM

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“karen’s bread shoes” (2002) will be screened as part of the “WALKING WOMEN” events at Somerset House, London England, July 16th/17th, 2016.  curated by Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann in collaboration with Dee Heddon. Walking Women is part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility.

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these are karen’s bread shoes. she walked in the shoes from her studio to the park. it was awkward walking. bread broke off and fell onto the sidewalk. at the park she took off the bread shoes and put them under a tree. she thought the birds would eat the bread shoes. the birds did not. she waited and watched a long time, then she picked up her bread shoes and walked back to the studio.

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EX/SITU : Le Corps
no. 25 printemps 2016
Dossier : karen elaine spencer : ouvrir des espaces dans le social par l’inscription furtive d’un corps feminin, Savard, Valérie.

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The Interdisciplinary Writers’ Unit at PWM

The Interdisciplinary Writers’ Unit (also known as Project M45) at Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (PWM) is made up of 7 brilliant artists, 6 projects and 1 dramaturg who have met as a group every 6-8 weeks for almost 2 years to share work and process.

Join us on Wednesday May 11 @ 7pm:

Bain Mathieu

2915 Ontario Est, Montreal, Quebec H2K 1X72915

click here for MORE information : http://www.projectm45.com/

 

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“One Day”
Opening on April 9th, 2pm to 5pm

ELLEPHANT
1010 Queen St. W. Toronto
Thursday-Friday : 3pm to 8pm

Saturday-Sunday : 1pm to 6pm

Exhibition continues until April 30, 2016
Curator Christine Redfern

Book Launch of  THE PARK by Kate Hutchinson

One Day features five contemporary artists whose powerful visual artworks reflect upon our shared humanity.

Jennifer Small’s three sculptural pieces start with orphaned religious objects that she modifies and recontextualizes in order to examine the Charlie Hebdo shootings and theology’s place within society. Kate Hutchinson presents three photographs selected from her publication The Park. By documenting people using Montreal’s Mount Royal, Hutchinson develops a project about the communal nature of public places. Elena Willis imagines and depicts a schoolchild from the 1966 mining disaster in Aberfan, Wales and a premonitory dream told to Buddha by his wife Gopa. These two masterful photographs focus on individuals who are often forgotten when history is recounted.

Skawennati’s machinimagraph Face-Off recreates the iconic photograph from the Oka Crisis. This production still from Skawennati’s celebrated TimeTraveller™ machinama continues her on-going drive to show Indigenous culture thriving in the present and future. Ten drawings are on view from karen elaine spencer’s headline series. Each piece contains a headline from the New York Times, the NYSE Composite Index and the date. These rapidly changing bits of information become permanent and timeless through the artist’s slow, labour intensive rendering of them in ink on paper.

(to see some of the nyt headlines click here : https://likewritingwithwater.wordpress.com/drawing/)

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Nommée finaliste pour le 2e Prix en art actuel du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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