Events > Publication Launch

26 Oct. 2007

Periodical launch for Locus Horribilis

Publisher
Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal
Artists
Anadama, John Latour, Christopher Lori, Logan MacDonald, Ed Pien, David Poolman, Mark Prent, Felicity Tayler, Chris McLeod, and Johannes Zits
Performer
Matt Killen
Time
7 pm - 10 pm

Art Metropole is pleased to help launch the latest issue of a collective serial publication. The Petite Enveloppe Urbaine is an artists’ project that takes the idea of a group exhibition and stuffs it into an envelope. The newest issue will be thematically released just before Hallowe’en. Please join us for the launch of the new issue entitled Locus Horribilis on October, Friday 26th 2007 between 7-10pm.

Locus Horribilis (Horrible Place) is a collaborative artists’ project inspired by today’s fascination for all things Gothic. Published by the Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal, this project brings together nine projects from artists of Montréal, Toronto, and Vermont. Participating artists include Dana Dal Bo & AN Soubiran (Anadama), John Latour, Christopher Lori, Logan MacDonald, Ed Pien, David Poolman, Mark Prent, Felicity Tayler & Chris McLeod, and Johannes Zits.

The artists of Locus Horribilis examine the idea of the “horrible place” as an open-ended concept – a fictional place, a literal space, or a metaphorical site that explores the darker sides of the imagination. Works from this project were made with this overarching theme in mind, but reflect the multi-faceted nature of the contemporary Gothic phenomenon. Locus Horribilis is produced in a limited edition of 66. Each envelope includes a total of nine works, one produced by each artist. Contributions include small format drawings, works in print media, correspondence art as well as audio recordings.

In keeping with the theme, the evening will feature a live performance of Doom Metal by Toronto artist Matt Killen, a past contributor of the publication. Please join us on October, Friday 26th 2007 between 7-10pm. Wearing a costume, metalhead paraphernalia or something “gothy” will get you a special treat, a high five, probably lots of curious smiles and staring too. A bientôt!


The Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal is a pseudo-arts organization, an independent publisher, an idea, an article of faith, but above all an artists’ collective dedicated to making art projects happen in the urban environment. The CRUMmies have come together because of shared interests and a belief in working collaboratively within the competitive and impersonal environment of the city. We all work within the identity of CRUM but we all also work without it, in our own personal practices and professional activities.

The CRUM is a shape-shifting, symbiotic (parasitic), self-sufficient and auto-financing model. When we work collaboratively with artists outside the organization it is because these artists and their projects share our values. The Centre de recherche urbaine de Montreal (CRUM) is a parasitic research group with no exhibition space of its own. It uses the pre-existing exhibition network to present diverse projects. We offer them the conviction that working together and pooling resources is a positive experience. We offer them exchange in kind of our combined professional experience in research and information services, writing, sound recording, and institutional, commercial and not-for-profit art systems.

In 2007 the CRUM adopted the Creative Commons licensing system for intellectual property produced through the collective. This is in keeping with our belief in shared resources and a free culture.

Anadama is Dana Dal Bo and AN Soubiran.

As physical avatars , they stage relationships defined as Positions.

position (puh-zish-uh n) n
1. A location in a coordinate system, usually in two or more dimensions. 2. A state of Entanglement. A phenomenon in which two subjects have to be described with reference to each other. 3. The result.

John Latour has a BFA in Studio Art (University of Ottawa), a MLIS (McGill University) and a MA in Art History (Concordia University). Solo exhibitions of his work have been held in Ontario and Quebec, and he has participated in group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. He has received artist grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseils des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ontario Arts Council. His work is found in numerous private collections as well as the Hallmark Fine Art Collection (Kansas City), the Fine Art Collection of the City of Ottawa, and Le Méridien Versailles (Montreal).

A fraternal-twin of Irish and Italian descent. Born in Saint Catharine’s, Ontario (1970). Christopher has studied at both Sheridan College, and the Ontario College of Art and Design University under celebrated mentors, contemporary artists Rae Johnson, jim Tiley, Ian-Carr Harris, and John Scott. Confidently sculpting and abstracting charcoal on paper, Christopher has romanticized a type of Pyscho-Mytho figurative landscape for over a decade now.

Christopher has participated in several group shows with strong growing galleries such as Pierre-Francois Ouelette Art Contemporain of Montreal and Gallery Poulsen of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Having representation with Galeria Begona Malona of Madrid, Spain since 2007, Christopher has successfully shown at internationally celebrated art fairs, such as, Scope Miami, Scope New York, Art Toronto.

Christopher Lori currently lives and works in Toronto.

Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been drawing for nearly 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University in Toronto and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.

Ed Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Biennale de Montreal 2000 and 2002; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the UK; Centro Nacional e las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey, Mexico; the Goethe Institute, Berlin; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; as well as the National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

As an art instructor, Ed Pien has taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

He currently teaches part-time at the University of Toronto.

Pien is represented by Birch Libralato in Toronto, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain in Montreal and Galerie Maurits van de Laar in The Hague.

1984 Master of Fine Arts, York University. Toronto, Ontario.
1982 Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Western Ontario. London, Ontario.
1981 Queens University, Art and Architecture. Venice, Italy.

David Poolman was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario. He is an MFA graduate from the University of Windsor, and a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Working in drawing, video, print media, and installation, Poolman has exhibited in art galleries and screened in festivals both nationally and internationally. Poolman currently lives in Toronto and is a professor of Drawing at Sheridan Institute and Visual Arts Editor of The Rusty Toque. His video work is distributed through VTape and Ouat Media in Toronto.

Born in Poland in 1947 and educated at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Canada; Mark has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1978) and seventeen Canada Council Grants (to name just two examples.) He was honored in 1975 with an invitation from the Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst Guest Artist in Berlin Program, and spent nearly two years in Germany. His work has been exhibited extensively all over the world, and his solo shows have been featured at such prestigious institutions as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Holland; the Akademie Der Kunst in Berlin, Germany; and the Musee d’art contemporain in Montreal, Canada.

Three documentary films have been made in Canada about his work, as well as volumes of newspaper and magazine articles, catalogues and commentaries. He has lectured and taught workshops in hundreds of institutions over the years and continues to do so. Back when workshops were offered at the bi-annual Sculpture Conferences of the International Sculpture Center, he routinely presented the life-molding workshop.

In the early 1980′s Prent moved with his wife to the U.S. and settled in the beautiful Champlain Valley of Vermont where they developed Pink House Studios Inc. as a way of marketing his technical expertise and providing the superior products and customer support that he knew, from his own experience, was so badly needed in the field of life-molding.

Felicity Tayler is an artist, librarian and independent curator. In each of these roles she is concerned with cultural infrastructure as the material substrate of our social imaginary. As an artist, she has a relational practice that works across disciplines resulting in performances, publications and institutional critique. Her curatorial practice grows out of professional experience managing special library collections. Her artistic practice has been presented nationally at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, and the Owens Art Gallery, among other notable institutions. She is the recipient of funding from the Canada Council for the Arts for both her artistic and curatorial work. Her academic studies in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Doctoral Program at Concordia University is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, she also holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University and a Bachelors in Fine Arts. She is a contributing author to Documentary Protocols (1967-1975), Actions That Speak, Ciel Variable, C Magazine and Matrix Magazine. Recent projects include a traveling exhibition for the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives and Artexte, a workshop on historical representation with Julie Ault, and video programming for Vidéographe. She is a founding member of the Centre de recherche urbain de Montréal.

Toronto-based Johannes Zits works across many disciplines with a focus on the body and the many meanings it engenders. His work draws attention to conventional image-making processes as well as the ways images from mass media are disseminated and consumed. In his work with the natural environment Zits aims to extend the notion of the performer to include nature itself. Considering nature as a body and as an active participant ensures that it cannot be construed as a passive prop or backdrop; nor adored and fixed in the realm of the sublime. He has presented work across Canada as well as internationally.

Matt Killen is an artist and musician. He received a BFA in art education from Concordia University and an MFA in visual arts from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. He is a founding member of the Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal, a Montreal-based artist collective and publisher. In his visual art practice, he works principally in painting and sound installation. In 2008 he was featured in the Magenta FoundationÂ’s publication, Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting. His work has been presented in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Pittsburgh. He currently lives and works in Toronto.

Images

1: The Montreal Scene.
2: Matt Killen talking to a friend.
3: Matt Killen talking to a friend.
4: The layout.
5: Some of the items in the show on display.
6: The enveloppe.
7: The enveloppes.
8: Some of the other items on display at the show.
9: Felicity Taylor and guests.
10: Guests enjoying the show.
11: Stopover to Milan.
12: Johannes Zits, John Latour, Ed Pien and guests.
13: Tonik with a friend.
14: Felicity Taylor chatting amicably with a friend.
15: A new branding initiative.
16: Johannes Zits with a couple of friends and Ed Pien.
17: Guests at the party.
18: Enjoying a cold one.
19: Johannes Zits with a friend.
20: Guests and Ed Pien lookin over some correspondence.
21: Guest with John Latour.
22: Felicity Taylor with a friend.
23: Warm hearted cheers all around courtesy of Matt Killen and friends.
24: Ed Pien, guests, Johannes Zits.
25: Crowd.
26: Guests.
27: Matt Killen with a couple of guests.
28: The Montreal crowd contemplating a move to the more arts-centric Toronto.

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