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© Sébastien Cliche, Le château, 2012. Installation audiovisuelle | Audiovisual installation. Gracieuseté de l’artiste | Courtesy of the artist.

Montréal / Brooklyn : Sébastien Cliche, Sylvie Cotton, Chelsea Knight + Mark Tribe
From October 20th 2012 to December 1st 2012
Montréal / Brooklyn

“Montréal / Brooklyn”, an encounter between two leading centres of contemporary art in North America, presents a series of paired exhibitions to showcase the bustling vitality of their respective art scenes. Organized under the auspices of the Centre d’art et de diffusion Clark, this unifying event takes the form of a two-part itinerary involving sixteen institutions, close to forty artists, and a whole program of related activities—gallery tours, workshop visits, evening events, etc.

Taking part in this exchange, OPTICA (October 20 – December 1) and Momenta Art (January 13 – February 17) will present the works of Sébastien Cliche, Sylvie Cotton, Chelsea Knight, and Mark Tribe. Through fiction, encounters, documentary strategies of identification, these four artists are essentially focused on relationships with the Other. Cliche and Cotton map out the spaces of the gallery and the city, drawing upon random events to apprehend the real and maintaining a close relationship with writing and sound as plotting devices. Knight and Tribe focus on the vigilante paramilitary aesthetic; highlighting the performative aspect of vigilantism by way of a screened choreography, they explore the movement’s historical and ideological origins. While not attempting to define a specifically regional aesthetic, each artist explores realities that emerge from distinct places and contexts.

Maps and schedules are available at www.montrealbrooklyn.com

Holding a visual and media arts MFA from Université du Québec à Montréal, and the recipient of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman post-graduate fellowship in contemporary art (2012), Sébastien Cliche uses narrative explorations of image, text, and sound to interrogate the limits of narration and the spectator’s place in its construction. His work takes the form of photographs, installations, web projects, and audiovisual performances. Besides his many solo and group exhibitions—including at the Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac (France, 2008) and at l’Œil de poisson (Quebec City, 2010)—his works have appeared in well-known festivals, such as L’inertie agitée/Restless Inertia at the MUTEK International Festival of Digital Creativity (Montreal, 2010) and PAISAJES at the 30e Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (Montreal, 2012). As curator, he produced, among others, the touring exhibition L’Oreille dans l’œil/The Hearing Eye (Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, 2007-2008). Sébastien Cliche lives and works in Montreal.

The artist would like to thank the ARC PHONO research group for allowing him to use their phonographic archives as part of this exhibition.

Like her own education—engaging in art, literature and museum studies during the 1980s and 1990s—Sylvie Cotton’s practice is highly eclectic: installations, performance, drawing, photography, writing, etc. Cotton says that she is interested in “situations offered up by experience,” which she then “expends into the field of art.” Her work has been presented in exhibitions, biennials and festivals, both in Quebec and abroad: in 2011, she was part of the 7th Biennale internationale en art contemporain de Montréal and the 2nd Québec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Conducting workshops, Cotton has also been coordinator at DARE-DARE, Centre des arts actuels Skol, and Centre d’art et de diffusion Clark, Montreal. She has published two artist’s books (Je préfère tout and On est tous la même personne), as well as a monograph on artist residencies, DÉSIRER RÉSIDER, having had such experiences herself at the Studio du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in Finland (2001) and in Tokyo (2011), among others. Sylvie Cotton lives and works in Montreal.

Chelsea Knight holds a B.A. from Oberlin College (Ohio) and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Often collaborating with other artists, her work mostly consists of performances, video installation, and photography. Her pieces were exhibited and screened in both group shows and biennials—such as the Bucharest Young Artists’ Biennial (Romania, 2010) and the 10th Annual Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2007)—as well as solo exhibitions—most recently I Am Not A Man, Not Now, at the Brooklyn Museum (New York, 2012). A Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellow at the Sam Fox Graduate School of Art, Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri, 2011-2012), she completed residencies at the Whitney Independent Study Program (New York, 2009), the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine, 2008), and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Michelangelo Pistoletto Foundation (Italy, 2007), among others. Chelsea Knight lives and works in New York City.

Mark Tribe holds a BA from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, 1990) and an MFA from the University of California (San Diego, La Jolla, 1994). His work explores the intersection of media technology and politics. His performances, photographs, installations, and videos are exhibited widely; recent solo projects were hosted by the San Diego Museum of Art (2012), the Cinémathèque Française (Paris, 2012), and the Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic (Zagreb, Croatia, 2011), among others. In 1996, he founded Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. He is the author of two books—The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010) and New Media Art (Taschen, 2006)—as well as numerous articles. An Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University, he also teaches in the Art Practice MFA program at the School of Visual Arts (New York). Mark Tribe lives and works in New York City.

Geneviève Bédard + Marie-Josée Lafortune


"Montreal / Brooklyn" is briefly mentioned and recommended in an article by Marie-Ève Charron Galeries et centres d'artistes - Portés par l'engagement et les échanges (Le Devoir, August 25th 2012).

"Montreal /Brooklyn" is the subject of a two published articles by Jérôme Delgado Montréal / Brooklyn : un échange entre deux villes férues d'art contemporain, Le Devoir, September 21 2012 and Brooklyn, P.Q., Le Devoir, January 26 2013. It is also acknowledged in two articles by Eric Clément, Clark lance Montréal / Brooklyn : Regarts croisés , La Presse, September 21 2012 and Allun Williams à la source de Montréal-Brooklyn, La Presse, October 22, 2012.

John Pohl, Brooklyn and Montreal team up at eight galleries, The Gazette, October 27, 2012.

Hrag Vartanian, This weekend, Brooklyn heads to Montreal for a Monthlong Art Festival, Hyperallergic (USA), October 18, 2012.

Hrag Vartanian, Art Rx: Brooklyn/Montreal Edition, Hyperallergic (USA), January 8, 2013.

MG, Quand Montréal rencontre Brooklyn, Clin d’œil blogue, January 14, 2013.

Marie-Joëlle Parent, La culture québécoise rayonne à Brooklyn, Journal de Montréal, January 24, 2013.

Gail Victoria Braddock, Sébastien Cliche, Sylvie Cotton, Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe, Brooklyn / Montreal Exchange, The Brooklyn Rail, (Brooklyn, USA), March 2013.

Radio interview
Mélanye Boissonnault, Quand Montréal rencontre Brooklyn, Désautels, Radio-Canada, Première chaîne, October 18, 2012.

Simon Paradis, « Montréal/Brooklyn Épisode 5: Openings », Montréal/Brooklyn, documentary, HD, color, 8 minutes, 2013.