Art this week

It’s a busy week in the Montreal arts scene as galleries across town continue to roll out their winter programming.

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Work by Jillian McDonald at Centre CLARK

As the city’s galleries continue to roll out their winter programming, this week is stacked with show openings and special events for you to chew on, so let’s get started, shall we?

First up, Wednesday sees vernissages both uptown and down. Two shows at Parisian Laundry open tonight, including Drop, Drop Slow Tears by Janet Werner, with slightly off-kilter portraits of anonymous individuals. 3550 St-Antoine W., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 6-9 p.m.

Work by SWARM at Le Dépanneur Café
Work by SWARM at Le Dépanneur Café

If Mile End is more your scene, head to le Dépanneur Café to see socially conscious street artist Swarm show recent works with a galactic reach at the vernissage for Boundless. 206 Bernard, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 7–9 p.m.

Thursday is a full day, with five different vernissages to choose from, but two of them are conveniently in the same building, at 5455 de Gaspé. Head to Diagonale in unit #110 first for the vernissage of Valerie Kolakis’s Chara, reflecting on the combinations of inputs that drive our development of space, with the Bauhaus-heavy build-up of 1950’s Athens as a backdrop. Take note: this vernissage doubles as the launch party for issue #83 of esse art + opinions. 5455 de Gaspé, #110, Thursday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

Later, head down the hall to Centre CLARK in #114 for a double vernissage including Valley of the Deer by Jillian McDonald. The exhibit, created while in residency in Scotland, involves video projections of Scottish landscapes inhabited by ghostly humans with animal heads. This is one exhibit you can take with you, via a smartphone app loaded with neighbourhood hotspots at which McDonald’s masked characters greet you through augmented reality. 5455 de Gaspé, #114, Thursday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m.

Friday sees three shows open in the Belgo including print-arts dedicated space Arprim’s installation of Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf’s exhibition, Catalogue des apocalypses ordinaires. For this show, the pop-culture inspired Phaneuf uses photocopies and other low-grade prints like advertising circulars to create large-scale collages that bleed off the walls and onto the floor of the gallery. 372 Ste-Catherine W., #426, Friday, Jan. 16, 5 p.m.

Work by Shanie Tomassini at Les Territoires
Work by Shanie Tomassini at Les Territoires

Upstairs at les Territoires, established artist Chih-Chien Wang stages the multidisciplinary exhibit A Helper, highlighting the connectedness forged when help is asked for and given. Simultaneously, Wang’s Mappe Program protégé, emerging artist Shanie Tomassini creates the exhibit Nature Molle, a process-oriented collection of works that points to the mutability of matter. 372 Ste-Catherine W., #527, Friday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m.


Still on Friday, at Mile End’s Articule you can optimize your potential to subvert contemporary modalities like the liberalizing powers of cultural capital by attending Desearch Repartment’s exhibition and workshop series, Corporate Creativity Workshops for Art, whose deliciously sarcastic promotional teaser is a work of art in itself. 262 Fairmount W., Friday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.

Are you still with me? Because there are 10 vernissages going down on Saturday. Go refill your coffee. I’ll wait.

In the Old Port, Espace Cercle Carré presents Set Against the Ground by Andrée-Anne Carrier and Matthew Thomson, a show that inspires a second look at familiar household objects, as well as involving some EDIBLE sculptures that will serve as ephemeral, interactive installations. This means, you will eat them during the vernissage! 36 Queen, Saturday, Jan. 17, 6–9 p.m.

'Recording Studio' by Lynne Cohen at Galerie Laroche/Joncas
‘Recording Studio’ by Lynne Cohen at Galerie Laroche/Joncas

Downtown at the Belgo, five shows will open on Saturday, including a highlight at Galerie Laroche/Joncas with photographs from Lynne Cohen and Sylvie Readman in the exhibit Places. Don’t miss the chance to see the large-scale, evocative and somewhat humurous photographs of human environments from Cohen’s lifetime of work in a retrospective that’s especially poignant since sadly, the Montreal-based artist passed away last spring. These works are complemented perfectly by Readman’s journey through Montreal, following the footsteps of characters from a 1973 novel by Réjean Ducharme. 372 Ste-Catherine W., #410, Saturday, Jan. 17, 12–5 p.m.


Work by François Raymond at CIRCA
Work by François Raymond at CIRCA

Just above the tracks in Rosemont, Art Mûr hosts a vernissage on Saturday for several exhibitions mounted simultaneously; among them is Paysage financier by recent MFA grad François Raymond whose dioramas incorporate Canadian currency in ways that highlight issues of ownership and value within our political economy. 5826 St-Hubert, Saturday, Jan. 17, 3–5 p.m.


That’s just a hint of the art in store for you this week. Check out the full listings below and plan to see some of these great exhibitions this week!




Jan. 14, 7–9 p.m.

Le Dépanneur Café – 206 Bernard

Boundless – Swarm

To Jan. 31


'Crying Eyes' by Janet Werner at Parisian Laundry
‘Crying Eyes’ by Janet Werner at Parisian Laundry

Jan. 14, 6–9 p.m.

Parisian Laundry – 3550 St-Antoine W.

Drop, Drop Slow Tears – Janet Werner

Uncertain Smile – Jordan Weitzman

To Feb. 14


Jan. 15, 6–8 p.m.

Galerie Mile End (Ame-Art) – 5345 Parc

To Jan. 25


Jan. 15

Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

Impromptu – Amélie Girard

To Feb. 6


Jan. 15, 5 p.m.

Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord – 12004 Rolland

La relève se révèle – Patricia Faubert + Rocio Perez + Merlin

To Feb. 15


Jan. 15, 5–7 p.m. – Performance at 5 p.m.

FOFA Gallery (Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts) – 1515 Ste-Catherine W.

88 Days in Själsö – Sarah A Tremblay

Fathomless – Philippe Caron Lefebvre

Political Poem / I Watch The News – Félipe Goulet Letarte

To Feb. 20


Jan. 15, 7 p.m. – Vernissage + Launch of ‘esse arts & opinions’ #83: Religions

Diagonale – 5455 de Gaspé, #110

Chara – Valerie Kolakis

To Feb. 21


Jan. 15, 8 p.m.

Centre CLARK – 5455 de Gaspé, #114

Valley of the Deer – Jillian McDonald

Les sessions de la paix – Jean-Michel Leclerc

Ruptur – Nelly-Ève Rajotte + Samuel Bobony

To Feb. 21- Finissage w/ Jean-Michel Leclerc Feb. 21, 3 p.m.


Jan. 16, 7–10 p.m.

Espace POP – 5587 Parc

Fandom – Group Show

To Jan. 18


Jan. 16, 5 p.m.

Arprim – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #426)

Catalogue des apocalypses ordinaires – Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf

To Feb. 7


Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m.

Galerie B-312 – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #403)

Sensing Realities – Group Show

To Feb. 14


Jan. 16, 6 p.m.

Les Territoires – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #527)

Nature Molle – Shanie Tomassini

A Helper – Chih-Chien Wang

To Feb. 14


Desearch Repartment at Articule
Desearch Repartment at Articule

Jan. 16, 7 p.m.

Articule – 262 Fairmount W.

Corporate Creativity Workshops for Art – Desearch Repartment

To Feb. 15 – Artist Talk Jan. 29, 7 p.m.


Jan. 17, 6–9 p.m.

Espace Cercle Carré – 36 Queen

Set Against the Ground – Andrée-Anne Carrier + Matthew Thomson

To Jan. 30 – Finissage Jan. 30, 6–9 p.m.


Jan. 17, 3–5:30 p.m.

Visual Voice Art Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #421)

Art+Science in Motion – Short Film Group Show

To Jan. 31


Jan. 17

Galerie Simon Blais – 5420 St-Laurent, #100

Contre-chants – Louise Robert

Alleyn 360º – Edmund Alleyn Retrospective

To Feb. 14


Jan. 17, 5 p.m.

OBORO – 4001 Berri, #301

Border Stitching – Vessna Perunovich

To Feb. 14


Jan. 17, 3–6 p.m.

Galerie Trois Points – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #520)

Construction de l’histoire – Group Show

To Feb. 14


Jan. 17, 3 p.m.

Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

If There is a Lake, The Swans Will Go There – Martin Schop

To Feb. 21


Jan. 17, 3–5 p.m.

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #308)

Made in Britain – Karen Tam

To Feb. 21


Jan. 17

Galerie Laroche/Joncas – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #410)

Places – Lynne Cohen + Sylvie Readman

To Feb. 28


Jan. 17, 3 p.m.

CIRCA art actuel – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #444)

The Uneasy Sleep of the Operator – Sébastien Cliche

Soulèvement social – Sayeh Sarfaraz

To Feb. 28


Jan. 17, 3–5 p.m.

Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

Reticence – Michelle Lundqvist

Fields – Neil Harrison

Paysage financier – François Raymond

La revente – Group Show

To Feb. 28


Last Call:


Galerie Samuel Lallouz – 1455 Sherbrooke W.

Ralph Gibson Photographs

To Jan. 15


Galerie Youn – 5226 St-Laurent

Lueur / Glow – Group Show

To Jan. 15


Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain (PFOAC221) – 372 Ste-Catherine W.

Next Best – Jeff Kulak

To Jan. 17


Joyce Yahouda Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #516)

Anthony Haden Guest

Generator – Benjamin Klein

‘The Terror’s Salon’ – Céline B. La Terreur

Out of My Window, Down the Alley, Around the Corner, and Up the Block – Perry Bard

To Jan. 17


Coolkoala – 1186 Ste-Catherine W., 2nd Floor

20/20 Boundless Brooklyn Water Towers – Group Show

To Jan. 17


Place des Arts Exhibition Room – 175 Ste-Catherine W.

Paramètres – Group Show of UQAM visual arts & media students

To Jan. 17


Centre de design de l’UQAM – 1440 Sanguinet

L’objet japonais – A panorama of contemporary design in Japan

To Jan. 18


Ongoing Shows:


E. K. Voland Art Gallery – 4710 St-Ambroise, #100

Warmth – Group Show curated by Holly Friesen

To Jan. 20


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Espace intime – Jocelyne Hénen

To Jan. 22


La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

You’re Lucky You’re Pretty / You’re Lucky You’re Cute – Bush Party

To Jan. 22 – Finissage Jan. 22, 5–7 p.m.


Artexte – 2 Ste-Catherine E.

Changeover – Jason Simon

To Jan. 24


Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Superheroes – Group Show

To Jan. 25


Fondation Guido Molinari – 3290 Ste-Catherine E.

Cozic/Moli: The Seventies – A Complicit Allusion

Marc Garneau 1982 – 1984: An Eyeful of Silence

To Jan. 25 – Finissage Jan. 25, 3 p.m. with performance by Louise Bédard Danse


Centre d’exposition Lethbridge (Bibliothèque du Boisé) – 2727 Thimens

Les Migrations du Bestiaire – Jean Paul Riopelle

To Jan. 25


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

From Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Impressionism to Expressionism, 19001914

To Jan. 25


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Anne Frank – A History for Today

To Jan. 28


The McClure Gallery (Visual Arts Centre) – 350 Victoria

January Light, So Light – Karilee Fuglem

To Jan. 31 – Artist Talk Jan. 15, 7 p.m.


Boutique FAKE – 72 Rachel E.

José Enrique Montes Hernandez

To Jan. 31


atelier b. – 5758 St-Laurent

Josni Bélanger

To Jan. 31


Usine 106U – 160 Roy E.

Fausse-térité – Group Show

To Jan. 31


Galerie ROCCIA – 5692 St-Laurent

Eric Godin

To Feb. 1


Dazibao – 5455 de Gaspé,  #109

Light Adjustments – Scott Massey

Future Perfect (Screening Room) – Curated by Boshko Bosković

To Feb. 7


Centre des Arts actuels Skol – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #314)

The Engine Room – Katerina Athanasopoulou + Lena Athanasopoulou + Zoe Giabouldaki

To Feb. 7


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – 185 Ste-Catherine W.

La Biennale de Montréal – Group Show

To Feb. 8


DHC/ART – 451 & 465 St-Jean

The Enclave – Richard Mosse

Surface Tension – Valérie Belin

To Feb. 8


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

The Patriotism of Death: Propaganda Posters From World War I

To Feb. 8


Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec – 615 Sainte-Croix

ARToon – Group Show

To Feb. 8


SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg  #507)

119 m Above Sea Level – Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal

To Feb. 14


Galerie de l’UQAM – 1400 Berri, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Local J-R 120

The Disorderless of Things – Group Show

Transcender l’architecture – Marie-Eve Martel

To Feb. 14


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Found in Translation: Palladio and Jefferson

To Feb. 15


VOX Centre de l’Image Contemporaine – 2 Ste-Catherine E.,  #401

James Benning + Jean Marie-Delaville

To Feb. 21


Galerie René Blouin – 10 King

Ari Bayuaji

Serge Murphy

To Feb. 21


FOFA Gallery (Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts) – 1515 Ste-Catherine W.

Concordia Remembers – Sara A. Tremblay

To Feb. 22


Galerie Lilian Rodriguez – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #405)

Espaces illusoires – Blanche Louise-Michaud + Sarah Osborne + Amélie Riendeau

To Feb. 28


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Warhol Mania: A Brand-New Look at his Advertising Posters and Magazine Illustrations

To Mar. 15


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Frédéric Lavoie – Artist in Residence

To Mar. 15


Musée du Rock’n’Roll – 2222 Ontario E.

Révolution Rock: The Emergence of Quebecois Rock’n’Roll 19641968

To Mar. 24


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Love in Fine Fashion

To Apr. 12


Musée du costume et du textile du Québec (MCTQ) – 363 de la Commune E.

Chic & Choc

To Apr. 18


Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History – 350 Place Royale

The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

To Apr. 26


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Rooms You May Have Missed – Bijoy Jain + Umberto Riva

To April 29