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Gallery 1
Jim Holyoak
from January 28th 2017 to March 25th 2017
Book of Nineteen Nocturnes

An inveterate night-owl and somewhat of a loner, Jim Holyoak works like a prowling cat: in tune with the shadows, his muffled movements hardly breaking the star-lit silence. In his wake, one usually finds formidable mural frescos bustling with curious life forms, suspended between terrestrial deep time and imagined future configurations rising from the ferment of life’s potentialities. His pictorial universe translates a fascinating empathy for all forms of life—extinct, current, and imagined—and a willingness to plumb their inherent strangeness. Holyoak inhabits an tremulous, evolving, hetero-chronic world that he renders for us in sensitive gestures of India-ink, graphite, and watercolour. If his mural installations sometimes derive from collaborative work, his constant production of sketches drawn from life reflects a rather hidden dimension of his sensory world. His sketches document his perambulations in the wilds of Northern Europe, China, Canada, and testify to an existential solitude imbuing these contemplative travels. At OPTICA, the accumulated drawings form the substratum of an epic narrative in nineteen chapters presented in the form of a mysterious archive.
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Gallery 2
Nelson Henricks
from January 28th 2017 to March 25th 2017
Life Session

Nelson Henricks installation takes its title from Falcon Film #615, Life Session (1977). Falcon Entertainment – also known as Falcon Studios – is based in San Francisco, California. Founded by the entrepreneur Chuck Holmes in 1971, Falcon Studios is one of the world’s largest producers of gay pornography. By the early 1980s, it had distinguished itself as a frontrunner at a time when distributing pornography was a criminal offence. Holmes was active in supporting politics at a local and national level, even helping to finance Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in the 1990s.
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Nadège Grebmeier Forget
Ursula Johnson
Autumn Knight
Michelle Lacombe
Mikhel Proulx

Commissaire | Curator : Nicole Burisch

from April 21st 2017 to June 10th 2017
I've Only Known My Own

Nicole Burisch proposes a group show of performance works understood as an extension of feminist and conceptual art, and as partaking in a reflection on the ephemerality of the medium. Exploring the way the materiality of the body is translated and communicated through measurements, process, technology, and documentation, this evolving exhibition examines how the material body may become at once a tool for and driving force in the expression of il-logical systems. It is concerned with processes of material embodiment as a means of resistance and with the measured body reared up at the junction of new communication technologies.
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Edith Brunette
from September 1st 2016 to December 31st 2017

In partnership with OPTICA, artist Edith Brunette will undertake a documentation and art intervention project during the coming year in which she attempts to bring the worlds of art and multimedia closer together. This project falls in line with the artist’s ongoing focus on the economy of the art milieu.
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Résidence de recherche jeune création Montréal, Valence (France) : Edith Brunette [Ce qui est séparé], Gaëlle Choisne [Grangou], (no4)
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