Two separate exhibitions by Ottawa artists
Marisa Gallemit and Rémi Thériault
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11, 6-9pm.
Location: Studio Sixty Six: 858 Bank St., Suite 101, Ottawa
Show Runs: October 11 - November 4
Please RSVP: Facebook Invitation
Marisa Gallemit: Artist Statement
Translating Twice: listening for the echo
Expanding on her ongoing attachment to discarded materials, Marisa Gallemit continues her practice of manipulating bicycle tubes, combining them with textile scraps and furniture to explore the thorny realities of her third-culture existence.
Identifying discarded objects as a contemporary renewable resource and contrasting them with the woven artifacts created by Filipino craftspeople since pre-colonial times, she draws a direct line between her own methods of making and to those of her resourceful ancestors.
Central to this project is Gallemit's investigation of Bababyin, an endangered Filipino writing system that virtually disappeared after the Spanish colonized the Philippines in 1521. Her study requires a double translation; first from English to Tagalog and then from Tagalog to Babayin. The process of physically deconstructing the characters of the Latin alphabet with scissors and reconfiguring them to generate Babayin script embodies the cultural expanse and the labour required to travel from the present day to her ancestors’ original communications.
Marisa Gallemit: Biography
Marisa Gallemit is an Ottawa-based, visual artist whose practice spans sculpture, assemblage, site-specific installation and storytelling. After studying film at Carleton University (Ottawa) and the New York Film Academy (NYC), her focus shifted to three-dimensional works, concentrating on organic forms and textures. She aspires to make monuments to our collective and subtle human experiences.
Inspired by the notion that every object carries its own history and energy, her selection process of materials for the work is paramount. Found objects and discarded artifacts are favoured as much for their visual markings of time and wear as for their symbolic significance; as souvenirs from a particular time period or fossils of a lived, emotionally-charged experience.
Rémi Thériault: Artist Statement
FRONT / First World War Landscapes, A Canadian Perspective
Front is a series of large-scale photographs illustrating the passing of war on landscapes rich with First World War history. This project flourished through two trips to France’s historical sites and landscapes. Traveling France’s countryside, I got a sense of its intricate history. When I began Front in 2009, I was primarily attracted to First World War sites masked by reconstruction, such as the Vimy Memorial. It wasn’t until I entered Vimy Forest a couple of years later that I became fascinated with how the present-day character of a war space could boldly contrast its history. The Vimy Forest amazingly emitted serenity and beauty despite its violent past.
Visiting the spaces once ravaged by war intrigued me to explore the transitory nature of war’s relationship to place. Every place has a different relationship. While some are physically marked in commemoration of the First World War, other landscapes are seemingly untouched, like the forest overwhelmed with lush foliage. The narratives of these spaces are subjected to time and transformation, thereby potentially contrasting their contemporary realities considerably.
Captured by these complex relationships, I ventured a little further into historical sites of the First World War. I visited renowned areas like Courcelette, Paschendale, Mont St-Éloi and Beaumont-Hamel. With little or no signs of war at all, I was struck with how abruptly a space's narrative could metamorphose. Once represented by violence and tragedy, these spaces are now exposed to modern experiences, thus reshaping their narratives.
With the intention of illustrating the relationship between the present-day authenticity of these spaces and their war borne narratives, I have furthered my project by collaborating with two local writers. I’ve invited them to create short fictional stories to accompany the images captured on this journey. Upon photographing Vimy, I hoped to bring a contemporary outlook on these spaces contrary to the superseded lens traditionally used to characterize historical sites.
Rémi Thériault: Biography
Rémi Thériault is an Ottawa-based artist who studied at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. The essence of his personal work relies on documenting his relationship with his surroundings. His immersive process gives insight in both the landscape and the people he photographs.
Theriault has shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions including Ottawa Art Gallery, Annexe Galerie, Centre d'exposition l'Imagier, Ottawa City Hall Collection exhibitions, and the Council for the Arts. He has also been featured in numerous magazines such as Vice, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Diva, Report on Business, etc.
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