On the walls: the week in fine arts

Weekly round-up of art stuff this week: Cinematica micro-film fest, itsy-bitsy art at L’espace contemporain de Montreal, an exhibit of protest art by École de la Montagne Rouge, Christine Major at Donald Browne, and a group show at WWTWO.

École de la Montagne Rouge placards in action during the protests.

The city welcomes home an exhibit by the École de la Montagne Rouge called Creation en temps de crise sociale, featuring graphic design work executed during the wave of protests that rocked the city last year. The exhibit, which you can read more about here, returns to Montreal after touring other cities. Vernissage Wednesday, Nov. 21, UQAM Centre de Design (1440 Sanguinet), 6 p.m.

Galerie La Elastica presents the first Cinematica, a micro-festival spanning over four days. The topic of the inaugural edition is “Penetrating Insight Into Iran” and features image and sound to touch upon the issues prevalent in Iran. Nov. 22-25, La Elastica (4602 St-Laurent, 3rd floor), see the web site for schedule.

Protest nostalgia seems to be in the air this week. Fin Novembre, the ongoing celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Parc Émilie-Gamelin continue this week, with La Soirée Rouge, a series of readings organized by ATSA discussing the role of the parc as a public square and its place in the city and in protests. Thursday, Nov. 22, Parc Émilie-Gamelin (Berri and de Maisonneuve), 6 p.m.

Head to the L’espace contemporain de Montreal to check out the venue’s ninth theme-driven exhibition, Mine de Rien: petits formats. This exhibit showcases work from some twenty different artists in a variety of disciplines, from painters to sculptors, all in a smaller-than-expected format. Vernissage Friday Nov. 23, L’espace contemporain galerie d’art (5175 Papineau), 6-8 p.m.

Artist Christine Major will be on hand at the Galerie Donald Browne to present Crash Theory, an exhibition exploring the body and self in this the age of computers and machinery through paintings of car crashes and bodies. Vernissage Saturday, Nov. 24, Galerie Donald Browne (Belgo Building, 372 Ste-Catherine W., #528), 4 p.m.

At WWTWO, 6 Positions brings together six artists to showcase abstract painting and explore abstract art’s purpose and capacity. Vernissage Thursday, Nov. 22, WWTWO (170 Jean Talon W., #206), 7:30-11:00 p.m.

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