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Dianna Frid, Rosa Lee, Laurent Roberge
From April 19th 2002 to May 25th 2002
La survivance : Temps fantômal

Curator : Lorraine Simms

Temps fantômal is the first exhibition to be presented within the context of La survivance: a series of exhibitions and events programmed by Optica for the year 2002. In this collective exhibition, works by Dianna Frid (Chicago), Rosa Lee (London), and Laurent Roberge (Montréal), disclose the slow, contemplative engagement of artmaking. These artists address time in a way that is experiential, revealing the somatic side of the creative process.

Each of these artists produce work through repetitive actions and a slow accretion of material. Rosa Lee layers paint to create intricate, almost ''woven'' abstractions; Dianna Frid embroiders diagrammatic images onto fabric that has been cut, sewn and frayed; and Laurent Roberge piles small squares of paper to construct sculptural forms that echo and disrupt the gallery space. For me, the repetitive, often obsessive actions involved in making these works emphasizes the labour involved in recurrent daily activities. The regular gestures required to complete each work allude to tasks that are cyclical, never truly finished. While the individual art practices of Lee, Frid, and Roberge require a commitment to craft, a reading of their works is not subordinate to its display.

Works by each artist are presented in the gallery, while reference materials, tools, and other objects relative to their formulation are presented in the multidisciplinary room. This space will conjure the laboratory /studio, where the circuitous path to individual creation offers its own enigmas and revelations.

As technology plays a larger role in our daily activities, concepts of speed and efficiency take on new significance. Temps fantômal takes a position in direct contrast to these goals, featuring works by artists whose process is slow, repetitive, and contemplative.
- Lorraine Simms

APRIL 16, 2002
Public Presentations: curator's and artists' talk
3040 Sherbrooke west, room 4c.1

Lorraine Simms lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. She completed her MFA at Concordia University (1990) and currently teaches in the Fine Art Department at Dawson College. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council and the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec. Her work has been presented in many group and solo exhibitions including: "Conte de jours /Recounting Days", Optica, un centre d’art contemporain, Montreal (1998), and "Shadow" at A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (2000). This year she has had two solo exhibitions: "La foule" at Galerie Occurrence, Montreal; and "Moments figés" at Galerie Expression, Ste-Hyacinthe. She has previously curated three exhibitions, "Matière Papier", Galerie McClure, Centre des arts visuels, Montréal (1991), "Le Jardin manifeste" (1993) and "Conceits" (1995) for Galerie La Centrale, Montréal and co-curated "Moments entrelacés", Galerie La Centrale (1998). Her text Signs of the Times: Reading and writing painting was published in conjunction with this curatorial project.

Rosa Lee lives and works in London, England. She studied at St. Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art and has received a number of awards, including two British Council Awards (1994, 2002) and John Moores 16, Liverpool (Prizewinner 1989). She was Visiting Fellow in Painting at Winchester School of Art from 1988 - 89, has lectured extensively and has published several papers in art journals. She is currently writing a text for a book edited by Rosemary Betterton. Lee's paintings have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including "British Abstract Art Part I" (1994) and "Part 3" (1996). She has also taken part in the following touring group exhibitions: "(dis)parities" (1992); "Surface" (1993); "The Question of Scale" (1995/96); "Permission to Speak" (1996); "Craft" (1997-98); and "Fabrications" (1999).

Dianna Frid was born in Mexico City and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1983. She currently lives and works in Chicago. She has a BA from Hampshire College, MA (1988), a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1991), and is currently in the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received numerous awards and grants, including those from: Canada Council, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Her work has been presented in many group exhibitions. Recent solo shows of her work include: "Les Jeux Sont Faits", Esso Gallery, New York (2001), "Du Sable Park: Hidden In Plain View", Chicago Architecture Foundation (2002), and "There Was, There Is", St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana (2002).

Laurent Roberge lives and works in Montreal. He studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (Visual Arts Diploma, 1982), Concordia University (MFA, 1989) and McGill University (Diploma: Education in the Arts, 1992). He is currently teaching in the Fine Art Departments of Concordia University and Dawson College. He has received numerous awards, including several from the Canada Council and the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions including "Touch, Please", Kyoto, Japan (1995), "The Paper Biennale '98", Rijswijk Museum, Holland (1998), "Les Bricolos", Galerie Clark, Montreal (1998). A solo exhibition of his work was presented at Galerie Clark in 2000.

-Lammerich, Yvonne, «News, Montréal», Contemporary, juin-juillet-août 2002, pp.43-44.
-Lehmann, Henry, «City Focus : Montreal», ARTnews, mai 2002, pp.100-104.
-Patterson, Jody «Temps fantômal», para-para, no 008, mai-juin-juillet 2002, p.3.