Paméla Landry lives in Montreal and in Chaudière-Appalaches. She holds a master's degree in Open Media from Concordia University. Her work has been presented in several solo exhibitions, including Circa, art actuel and Galerie B-312 (Montreal), Neutral Ground (Saskatchewan) and Richmond Art Gallery (British Columbia). She has participated in several group exhibitions in Canada and Europe; among them are Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; Foundation Molinari-Maison de la culture Maisonneuve (Quebec); The New Gallery (Alberta); g39 (Cardiff) and Musée d'art moderne of Lille Métropole (France). In 2010, she carried out a residency at SPACE (London). Since 2011, she has served on the board of directors of Est-Nord-Est, artist residency in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli.
Galerie B-312 is pleased to present Accalmir, Paméla Landry's most recent exhibition. With this project, the artist continues her sculptural research that has been started more than a decade ago in which she combines and manipulates technology and mechanics to find new applications in order to create what she calls her “machines à investissement d’affects”. With her machines, Paméla Landry seeks to understand certain conditions that affect people with obsessive disorders and make their compulsive behaviours (OCD) visible. Thanks to a transposition process, mobile machines embody the gestures of these obsessions. These repeated gestures provide rituals designed to calm anxiety and neutralize obsessive thoughts, focusing on a simple and distinctive movement, such as cleaning. — The space is arranged like a showroom. Not far from the machines, wheels, rims, handles and spare accessories in different colours are in display. Everything becomes customizable and flexible. Even if it is not possible for us to move around with these machines in the showroom, when we approach them they do come into operation, responding to our presence through a motion detection system. The playful and colourful side of the installation Accalmir lightens the discourse around mental illness and allows to address and break down stereotypes related to OCD. An exhibition to see and experience, compulsively, until May 1st.
ISABELLE GUIMOND [free translation]