MAGGIE GROAT ET JAMIE ROSS
Entités vivantes | Living Entities
GUEST CURATOR — MARÍA WILLS LONDOÑO
In collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson
Maggie Groat (1985) was born in Canada, and she lives and works in St. Catharines. She approaches collage in a spatial and decolonial manner. Her works have been exhibited throughout Canada, including at the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), SBC galerie d'art contemporain (Montréal), Western Front (Vancouver) and Art Metropole (Toronto).
Jamie Ross (1987) was born in Canada, and he lives and works in Montreal. He stands out for his dual practice of witch and visual artist. His multidisciplinary projects have been presented in various contexts in Canada and Latin America, including Artexe (Montréal), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), La Paternal Espacio Proyecto (Buenos Aires), La Usurpadora (Barranquilla), and the Ghetto Biennale (Port-au-Prince).
18 September at 5 pm
Come and chat in a safe and welcoming space, and then make herbal teas and take part in a tasting session with artist Jamie Ross. For 2-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, and questioning people aged 14-24. (reservation required)
21 September at 2 pm
Equal Night: A Equinoctial Plant Harvest
Familiarize yourself with the work and influences of artist Jamie Ross, while attending an Equinox observation where the artist will be joined by singing ritualists and being introduced to the virtues of medicinal plants featured in the video work exhibited.
Galerie B-312 is thrilled to join forces with Momenta | Biennale de l'image to present the exhibition Maggie Groat + Jamie Ross: Living Entities. The artists explore the unique energy of objects, probing the connections between mind and body, image and object, life and death.—In the installation psychic cost > power variations > interior familiar, Maggie Groat creates a domestic ambience that subtly shakes up the collective imagination by generating alternative connections, arrangements, and views.—In the video installation Cate Hill, Jamie Ross highlights the symbolic power that resides in matter, in which the energy of the objects — existing beyond conventions and time — inhabiting the space offers a real potential for regeneration.
ABOUT THE BIENNAL
For the 16th edition of Momenta, guest curator María Wills Londoño proposes The Life of Things, in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson. In an economic, social and cultural context where material production is omnipresent, it can become haunting, excessive and intoxicating. To the point that objects may at any time become obsolete and lose their symbolic potential. In view of the consumer issues that characterize our times, these objects are given a staggering visibility and become, ironically, invisible due to this excessive accumulation. In this 2019 edition, Momenta examines this paradox through the works of 39 artists who, with their critical contributions and poetic features, move horizons and compose new perspectives as to our relationship to objects.
Maggie Groat would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for its suport in the realization of this exhibition.