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François Morelli
From September 9th 2006 to October 14th 2006
Home Wall Drawing. L'art de manger

"Home Wall Drawing. L’art de manger" went through several stages. The process began with the idea of barter: a site-specific work offered in exchange for a home-made meal. From January to June 2004, Morelli was concurrently in residence at the Paris Cité international des arts — the Canada Council for the Arts studio — and at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Limoges. During this period, he proposed creating a stencil mural drawing for those who desired it, in a space of their choice in their home. In exchange, hosts prepared him one of their favorite dishes. Exchanges were set up randomly, by word of mouth and through promotional fliers designed and distributed by the artist in various public spaces.

In Limoges, he continued his work on home space and ornamentation by crafting a set of porcelain table settings. Rarely serving as a motif, ink stamps are still much in use today by manufacturers or craftsmen, who place their signature on the underside of an item for identification purposes. Morelli, however, uses the stamp as decor, ennobling the act of marking a surface and covering it with drawings.

The process is encapsulated in the exhibition at Optica, which includes a “stamp-drawing” frieze print on paper, porcelain plates, and a sculpture. Documenting all twenty-two meals is a CD-Rom, thus including in the installation both the in situ work and the recipes bartered for it.

"Home Wall Drawing. L’art de manger" posits artistic activity as subject once again, reexamining the status of the art object, and form, both in their reception and in their dissemination. Interested in so-called minor and often marginalized forms of expression, Morelli attempts to give new life to artistic engagement, using ornamentation, dream material, ritual, and the everyday as premise for communication with the other.

The Mural Draw
With the purchase of the Home Wall Drawing CD-Rom for $20, five raffle tickets are provided in view of the draw for a mural produced by the artist.

Friday, September 29th
Les Journées de la culture
Walkthroughs with the artist
Exhibitions at OPTICA and Joyce Yahouda* galleries.
Phone reservations are required for groups.

François Morelli concurrently has work on view at Joyce Yahouda Gallery

François Morelli lives and works in Montreal. After completing his bachelor’s degree in 1981, he left his home town and headed for New York, where he stayed until 1991, captivated by new art forms, including performance and conceptual approaches. During this period, he taught as associate professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and, from 1985 to 1989, at both the State University of New York and the City University of New York in Manhattan. Back in Montreal, he taught at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières until 1996. Since then, he has joined the teaching staff at Concordia University. In the nineties, he exhibited regularly at Galerie Christiane Chassay, in Montreal, and at Horodner Romley Gallery, in New York (1993-1996). He has taken part in several national and international exhibitions, including the Biennale du Havre (2006), the Biennale de Montréal (2002), and ICI’s Walk Ways (2002), New York. Currently, he is represented by the Joyce Yahouda Gallery in Montreal. Besides the events/actions/performances on which his practice is founded, Morelli also indulges in drawing, sculpture, installation, and artists’ books.

- Black, Barbara, «Two shows, one artist», Concordia Journal, vol. 2, no 3, 12 octobre 2006, p.10.
- Crevier, Lyne, «S’incruster», Ici Montréal, 21-27 septembre 2006, p.50.
- Lehmann, Henry, «The soul in the object», The Gazette, 23 septembre 2006, p.E11.
- Tousignant, Isa, «Downtown», Hour, 12 octobre 2006.
- Viau, René, «De visu – Occupations des lieux», Le Devoir, 23-24 septembre 2006, p.E6.