For immediate release
Québec City, March 26, 2012 – The Manif d’art 6 is unveiling the first exhibition of its vast programming. From April 13 to May 20, Centre MATERIA is presenting the work of Ingrid Bachmann. Exceptionally, this exhibition opens prior to the official dates of the Québec City biennial, held May 3 to June 3.
In Bestiaire, an exhibition of sculptures by Ingrid Bachmann, some of which subtly move and are accompanied by drawings, the artist wanted to give technology back its pelt, to reintroduce the animal, the bestial, back into technology and to continue her work in grounding the digital experience in the material realm. In the artist’s words, “With Bestiaire, I hope to introduce what is bestial and disorderly into the field of digital technology, pursuing my desire to root digital experiences in the material world.” The artist exhibits a vocabulary of minimal shapes with strong associations. Ingrid Bachmann’s sculptures are part of a sustained reflection on how to bring inert matter to life.
This exhibition is also presented in the context of En avril… fibre textile art, an annual event designed to promote fiber and textile arts in visual arts, design and traditional work.
Multidisciplinary artist Ingrid Bachmann has shown her work nationally and internationally. She co-edited Material Matters (YYZ Books, 1998, 1999 and 2011) and is the author of several essays published in journals and anthologies, including The Object of Labor (MIT Press, 2007). She is a co-founding member of Hexagram-Concordia and founder and director of the Institute of Everyday Life, both in Montréal.
MATERIA is the only artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to all the applied arts. Its mission is to present and promote research and creation in contemporary applied arts, both nationally and internationally.
From May 3 to June 3, 2012, the Manif d’art 6 invites visitors to embark on an artistic tour and participate in activities on the theme of Machines – The Shapes of Movement, chosen by curator Nicole Gingras. In adding satellite activities to the official selection, the Québec City biennial brings together 75 artists in 30 venues in Québec City and surrounding areas. Complete programming for the event will be revealed at a press conference on April 10.
Dates: April 13 to May 20, 2012
Opening: Friday, April 13 at 5 p.m.
Venue: Centre MATERIA, 395, Charest Blvd. East, Québec, H1K 3H3
Business Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm (8pm on Thursdays)
Entry is free admisson until May 2
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Interim Director, Centre MATERIA
Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec