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Exhibitions

100 Miles Around Us
September 9 - December 12, 2015

Artists: Mere Phantoms (Jaimie Robson & Maya Ersan)

Curator: Karine Di Genova

Opening reception: Wednesday, September 9, 2015. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

As part of the Carte blanche exhibition series, the collective Mere Phantoms has created an immersive visitor experience including light, shadow play and performance. During a residency in the spring of 2015 at a high school in the Sherbrooke region, artists Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson shared their creative process and techniques with Secondary V students. The result was an installation consisting of delicate 3D paper cut-outs created by Mere Phantoms and the students, evoking rural, urban and fantastical environments. Visitors are invited to bring the work to life by casting shadows on the walls with flashlights. Through this shadow play, which follows the rhythm of the sound environment, visitors participate in the work as both artists and performers.

Artists' biography: Founded in 2008, the Montreal-based collective Mere Phantoms develops immersive installations combining delicate, intricate paper cut-outs, drawings, video projections and interactive performances. Taking their inspiration from shadow play, early films and animation, artists Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson explore the interaction between spectacle and experience. Their installations have been presented in Canada and abroad, notably at the events One Architecture Week in Plovdiv (Bulgaria, 2015) and the UNESCO City of Design: Montréal Meets Graz (Austria, 2015), as well as at the Brandts Museum (Denmark, 2014), the Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2013), the Real to Reel Film Festival in Vancouver (2013) and the McCord Museum in Montreal during the Nuit Blanche festival (2013). The artistic duo have a keen interest in education and regularly give workshops in schools and museums, in addition to completing artist residencies in educational settings.


Produced by the Foreman Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, during a residency at Alexander Galt High School with support of the Une école accueille un artiste program, run by the ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.

 

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