Art this week

Black History heritage, extraction ecologies, street artists, found object sculptures, fiery household dystopias and dazzling Montreal photography are all in store for you and more in this week’s arts scene.


Work by Ma’Liciouz (Live painting at FRO Fest). Photo by Lisa Sproull


Are we all on the same page about this winter? Yes? Good. Although we might be stuck in this deep freeze for a while longer, there’s no better escape to a different reality than through art, and this week there’s plenty to choose from.


From 'City of Hockey' at City Hall
From ‘City of Hockey’ at City Hall

Take your pick of several openings on Wednesday, including an appropriately icy tribute to Montreal’s love-love relationship with hockey at Montreal City Hall’s Hall of Honour. The exhibit, Montreal, City of Hockey: From Laneway to Legend, is timed to coincide with the 140th anniversary of the first recorded organized indoor hockey match, in Montreal circa 1875. The public is invited to see the exhibit during City Hall opening hours beginning Feb. 18. 275 Notre-Dame E., M–F, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday 12–4 p.m.


'Infinite Silver Columns' by Lisa Cochrane at Galerie Espace
‘Infinite Silver Columns’ by Lisa Cochrane at Galerie Espace

If these past few weeks of cold have left you huddled up indoors creating sculptures out of cat food cans, well sorry, but sculptor Lisa Cochrane does it better than you. Check out her large scale sculptures using repurposed found items at Wednesday’s vernissage, at Galerie Espace. Cochrane’s minimalist sculptures capture the forgotten grace of commonplace items while reflecting on the volume of waste produced by our throwaway lifestyles. 4844 St-Laurent, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 5–8 p.m.


Also on Wednesday, don’t miss the vernissage for Les Héritiers at Espace Mushagalusa, with work by Séadé, Ma’Liciouz and The Kevin Calixte. For this exhibit, part of Montreal’s celebration of Black History Month, the three artists, all Montrealers with Haïtian origins, have created works relating to their interpretation of the word “heritage. 533 Ontario E., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.


Work by Dodo Ose for MTL ZOO at Agora de l'UQAM. Photo by A'Shop
Work by Dodo Ose for MTL ZOO at Galerie L’Agora. Photo by A’Shop

Thursday offers another exciting group of openings, and street-art lovers, this one’s for you: For its third year, MTL ZOO has rounded up a couple dozen of Montreal’s most creative citizens for a huge group show inside the Galerie l’Agora of the Cégep du Vieux Montréal. Come and check out works by Jeremy Shantz, MC Baldassari, Bryan Beyung, Miss Teri, Earth Crusher, Jason Botkin, Bonar and many more. 255 Ontario E., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5–9:30 p.m.


Still from ‘Burn’ by Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley at Dazibao

Another highlight exhibit will open Thursday at Dazibao with a Canadian first: five collected video installations by NYC and Berlin-based artist Reynold Reynolds, including three collaborative works with the late photographer Patrick Jolley, each with bleak themes of impending disaster and disconnectedness made all the more frightening by their settings inside the home, where we expect to feel the safest. Opening at the same time is a retrospective of 25 years of works by Chantal Du Pont. 5455 de Gaspé #109, Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.


Also of note Thursday is an artist talk by Ursula Biemann at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, including a screening of her work Black Sea Files as well as Judy Price’s White Oil. This event is part of the exhibit World of Matter: Exposing Resource Ecologies by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery in collaboration with DHC/ART. 1379 Sherbrooke W., 5:30 p.m., free


The above-mentioned group exhibit World of Matter: Exposing Resource Ecologies will open officially with a vernissage Friday at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. The seven works in the exhibition address issues related to resource extraction with a focus on the shifting debate around the topic from a market-based perspective to one that includes implications for both human and non-human entities. The work, which straddles the line between the presentation of art vs. information, includes a weekend symposium designed to develop new strategies for artists, activists and other parties to create meaningful dialogue about extractive ecology. Full information here. 1400 de Maisonneuve W., Friday, Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m.


Work by Maude Bernier-Chabot at SKOL
Work by Maude Bernier-Chabot at SKOL

Friday also sees a couple of openings in the Belgo with Mathieu Grenier at Arprim (#426), where the artist transforms paper from medium to object, highlighting the similarities between the potential and torment of the blank page to the blank gallery wall. Downstairs at Centre des Arts actuels Skol (#314), Maude Bernier-Chabot presents Feast, a set of sculptures straddling the line between organic and artificial, looking at where those interactions take place (such as body modification). 372 Ste-Catherine W., Friday, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.


On Saturday, Artexte hosts an afternoon drawing workshop for all ages with Derek Sullivan using back issues of Artforum as inspiration. 2 Ste-Catherine E., #201, Saturday, Feb. 21, 1–4 p.m., free


walshAlso Saturday, a Montreal-centric photo exhibit with works by Steve Walsh will be on display in NDG at Boulangerie Chez Fred. Walsh’s gorgeous images of the city will remind you why you still live here, even through the cold, dark winters! 5338 Sherbrooke W., Saturday, Feb. 21, 4–8 p.m.


These highlights are just a small sample of shows on display this week, so don’t forget to check the full listings below! Now put on an extra pair of socks and go see some art!




Feb. 18, 5–8 p.m.

Galerie Espace – 4844 St-Laurent

Found – Lisa Cochrane

To Feb. 24


Feb. 18, 6 p.m.

Espace Mushagalusa – 533 Ontario E.

Les Héritiers – Séadé + Ma’Liciouz + The Kevin Calixte

To March 4


Feb. 18

Montreal City Hall – 275 Notre-Dame E.

Montreal, City of Hockey: From Laneway to Legend

To March 14


Feb. 18, 6 p.m.

Centre de design de l’UQAM – 1440 Sanguinet

24 hours in the life of a Swiss cuckoo clock

To April 12


Feb. 18

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Mégantic in Pictures – Benoit Aquin

To May 24, 2015


Feb. 19, 5–9:30 p.m.

Galerie l’Agora – Cégep du Vieux Montréal – 255 Ontario E.

MTL ZOO – Group Show

To Feb. 27


Feb. 19, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

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

The Sound of Empty Space – Adam Basanta

LSS (Life Support System) – Ana Rewakowicz

To March 21


Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Dazibao – 5455 de Gaspé,  #109

Almost Six Pieces – Reynold Reynolds (Gallery Space)

Chantal du Pont (Screening Room)

To April 18


Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

Semina Percurrenta: From Both Sides of the Border – Jean-Simon Trottier + Montserrat Duran Muntades

To May 15


Feb. 19

Galerie Lounge TD – 307 Ste-Catherine W., Second Floor

La vie est déjà ailleurs – Pierre Gauvreau + Janine Carreau

To May 24


Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Articule – 262 Fairmount W.

Prestige – Articule Members’ Show

To March 1


Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.

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

Mathieu Grenier

To March 21


Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.

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

Feast – Maude Bernier-Chabot

To March 21


Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m.

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery – 1400 de Maisonneuve W., Ground Floor

World of Matter: Exposing Resource Ecologies

To April 18


Feb. 21, 4–8 p.m.

Boulangerie Chez Fred – 5338 Sherbrooke W.

Montréal – A Photo Exhibition – Steve Walsh

To March 6


Work by Michel Daigneau at Galerie Trois Points
Work by Michel Daigneau at Galerie Trois Points

Feb. 21, 3 p.m.

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

Ensemble Opératoire – Michael Daigneault

Everything is Going Swimmingly – Nicolas Fleming

To March 28


Last Call:


CK2 Gallery – 6560 Esplanade, #203

Five Successive Blows by a Giant Fisti – Group Show

To Feb. 19


Espace POP – 5587 Parc

Claudine Sauvé – Photographs

To Feb. 19


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 – Finissage with performances, Feb. 19, 4–6 p.m.


Agora de la danse – 840 Cherrier

Martin Désilets

To Feb. 20


Galerie LUZ – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #418)

Kaleidoscope A–Z, 2010–2014 – George E. Russell

Demetrios Papakostas

Marc Ledoux

To Feb. 21


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.


Diagonale – 5455 de Gaspé, #110

Chara – Valerie Kolakis

To Feb. 21


Galerie Mile End (Ame-Art) – 5345 Parc

Yearning Heart – Group Show

To Feb. 21


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


Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

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

To Feb. 21


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

Made in Britain – Karen Tam

To Feb. 21


Galerie Youn – 5226 St-Laurent

LUX – Megan Ellen MacDonald

Mammalia – Michael Caines

To Feb. 22


Espace Projet – 353 Villeray

Retour sur les quatres routes: Le Corbusier 50+ – Group Show

To Feb. 22


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

Concordia Remembers – Sara A. Tremblay

To Feb. 22


Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges – 5290 Côte-des-Neiges

Peut Mieux Faire: Cahiers d’exercises – Group Show

To Feb. 22


Aux Vues – 783 Bienville

Goods – Group Show

To Feb. 22


Ongoing Shows:


Fresh Paint 256 – 256 Ste-Catherine E.

Out For Fame – Group Show

To Feb. 25


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

Tremors – Dego (Detlaf Gotzens)

To Feb. 26


Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles – 5800 St-Denis, #501

Le sort, le destin et l’autodétermination – Line Dufour

To Feb. 27


La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

Se partager les eaux – Marie-France Tremblay

To Feb. 27


Le repaire des 100 talents – 5867 St-Hubert

Touski – Group Show

To Feb. 27


Atelier Circulaire – 5445 de Gaspé, #105 & #517

Centaur – Konstantinos Meramveliotakis

To Feb. 27


Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

Otherworldly – Betino Assa + Matthew Thomson

To Feb. 28


Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Last Year’s Fears – Group Show

To Feb. 28


Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain (PFOAC) – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #216)

Strangers in a Strange Land – Ed Pien

To Feb. 28


Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran – 1892 Payette

Out of This Light, Into This Shadow – Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Balancing Zing – Les Ramsay

To Feb. 28


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

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

To Feb. 28


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

Places – Lynne Cohen + Sylvie Readman

To Feb. 28


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


Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

Reticence – Michelle Lundqvist

Fields – Neil Harrison

Paysage financier – François Raymond

La revente – Group Show

To Feb. 28


Usine 106U – 160 Roy E.

Inoculation – Group Show

To Feb. 28


The McClure Gallery (Visual Arts Centre) – 350 Victoria

Megalopolis – Dennis Ekstedt

To Feb. 28


Café Touski – 2361 Ontario E.

Le jour de la marmotte – Adeline Lamarre

To Feb. 28


Galerie Dominique Bouffard – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #508)

Art and Narrative – Group Show

To Feb. 28


Galerie Donald Browne – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #528)

Out of Shape – Paul Bureau

To Feb. 28


Maison de la culture Frontenac – 2550 Ontario E.

Riopelle: Les migrations du bestiaire – au pays des ouaouarons

To March 1


Monastiraki – 5478 St-Laurent

Lumen – Laura Madera

Mere Phantoms – Shadow Installation

To March 1


Occurrence – 5455 de Gaspé, #108

Vert voisin III – Stéphanie Beaulieu

L’image-matière – Benoit Blondeau

Les Inéluctables – CLUCA

To March 7


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

Generative Methods – Deskriptiv

To March 7


Galerie Graff – 963 Rachel E.

39 – 45 – Jean-Pierre Séguin

To March 7


Phi Centre – 407 St-Pierre

y2o – Dominique T. Skoltz

To March 7


Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges – 5290 Côte-des-Neiges

Barcelone: Cinq regards Montréalais – Group Show

To March 8


Galerie ROCCIA – 5692 St-Laurent

Love, l’amour exposé! – Group Show

To March 8


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

Causalité – Marc Dulude

À la lueur de BéBé Lune – zipertatou

Incubator – Inbal Hoffman – Roundtable Feb. 27, 4 p.m.

To March 14


Beaux-Arts des Amériques – 3944 St-Denis

Still Life: Revisited – Group Show

To March 14


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

The Forgotten Space

To March 15


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

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

To March 15


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Frédéric Lavoie – Artist in Residence

To March 15


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Ma muse m’amuse – Steben Alexander

To March 18


Eastern Bloc – 7240 Clark, 2nd Floor

Funeral Parlour // Embalm Your Digital Data – Audrey Samson (Residency)

To March 20


Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) – 3680 Jeanne-Mance, #103

To Rebel is Justified – Chun Hua Catherine Dong

To March 21


Galerie Bernard – 3926 St-Denis

Continuum – Margit Hideg

To March 21


Optica – 5455 de Gaspé, #106

Études préparatoires. Dessins d’explosions 2012-2015 – Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf

Palazzo Chupi – Michael Blum

To March 21


Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery – Dawson College, 4001 de Maisonneuve

Trade / Gift / Purchase: Artists Collect – Group Show

To March 21


L’Atelier-Galerie A.Piroir – 5333 Casgrain, #802

Albert Dumouchel

To March 21


Galerie Division – 2020 William

You Won’t Believe (…) – Group Show

To March 21


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

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

To March 24


La Lumière du Mile End – 214 Bernard W.

Crystal Souls – Waxhead + Starkey

To March 31


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Love in Fine Fashion

To April 12


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

Chic & Choc

To April 18


Fondation Guido Molinari – 3290 Ste-Catherine E.

Multi noirs, 1997–2014 – Francine Savard

Goguen, Molinari, Drawings 1954–1959

To April 26


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

The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

To April 26


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Rooms You May Have Missed – Bijoy Jain + Umberto Riva

To April 29


Arsenal Montreal – 2020 William

PRISM – David Spriggs

To May 9


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

Sophie Calle: For the Last and First Time

Simon Starling: Metamorphology

To May 10


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism – Benjamin-Constant in His Time

To May 31