May 6 - June 17, 2017

Galerie Trois Points is very pleased to present this collaboration resulting from the encounters of artists Mario Côté and Olivia Mc Gilchrist, during which they both engaged in a «reassembly» of works from their respective photographic and video practices.

A copy of the Refus global manifesto, which transited through the hands of Louise Renaud (québécois artist attached to the Automatistes movement) in 1948 as she resided in New York, was their point of departure. It is from this hand typed copy on blue translucent parchment paper that the artists extracted sentences, which were corrected and annotated by the hand of Paul-Émile Borduas. This direction mirrors the role of the text, which remains in the process of being written. Reappropriated by Côté and Mc Gilchrist, these sentences are reactualized, pursuing the process of their re-interpretation and possibly highlighting their meaning today.

Côté’s proposal consists in taking another look at his own video work completed over the course of the last twelve years under the eyes of Fernand Leduc, Jeanne Renaud et Françoise Sullivan, actors and witnesses of the radical period which was the mouvement automatiste. In summary, he has worked on important choreographic pieces from our dance repertoire by further pushing the concept of « recreation ». Here, Côté mixes certain sections of his videographic work with the sound tracks and musical arrangements from other filmed material of his. This meeting of sound, foreign to known images, thrusts the original meaning, propelling it in new directions where it’s extreme freedom allows for surprises. 

Mc Gilchrist re-configures past work whilst blending new elements and employing new techniques within her practice. The video reprend la mer combines a 3D environment with still images and words from the hand-typed proof of Le Refus Global mentioned above. The words are morphed into a fluid space, ebbing and flowing off the page, given another format in which to surface and provoke much needed conversations around space, place, sovereignty and cultural association(s), today.

Her new photographic works combine images from her previous series untitled (2015), some whitey (2014) et my dear daddy (2012). Across these diptychs, the figure hovers amongst layers of an exploded and reconfigured landscape constituted of still views from 3D models created with photogrammetry. New to the cultural context in which ‘Le Refus Global’ was created, she re-figures her alter ego whitey in an altered state.

In conclusion, the work is free and this desire for freedom is nested within a contemporary context in which these new assemblies reveal a constant struggle to befall meaning. « Place à la magie! Place aux mystères objectifs! Place à l’amour! Place aux nécessités! » (Refus global, 1948). 

Both a painter and video artist, Mario Côté lives and works in Montréal. Since 1994, he has been teaching at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal and is an active member of the Centre de recherche en arts médiatiques Hexagram/UQAM. He has initiated several collaborations within the filed of experimental video art. Through his collaborations, he questions the notion of the «dancing body» with several choreographers, as well as the notion of the «reading body» with writers, actors, composers and cinematographers. He is the director of the following research groups: ARC_PHONO (2005-2012) et ARC_DANSE (2009-2015).

Born in Kingston, Jamaica to a French mother and a Jamaican father. Olivia grew up in France and studied in the UK. In 2010 she completed her Master’s in Photography at the London College of Communications and, in 2011, she returned to Kingston to work as a Curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) and a Lecturer in Photography and New Media at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Her work has been shown in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Brazil, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Norway, Germany and France. She is currently studying for an Individualized (INDI) PhD[1] in Arts, Education and Immersive Technology at Concordia.

[1] Her proposed PhD research-creation project is entitled: A Framework For Caribbean Futures Through Embodied & Immersive Technologies; Exploring Otherness Through Postcolonial Caribbean Tidalectics And Virtual Reality’s Hybrid Sense Of Presence.

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