nap gallery is please to present, Téléportation, an exhibition of installation by Satoru Tamura, Gillaume LaBrie, and Gilles Mihalcean. The exhibition will open on Friday, March 27 and will be on view through Saturday, April 25, with an opening reception for the artist on Friday, March 27 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This is Tamura’s second exhibition at the gallery.
In collaboration with Galerie B-312, Montreal, nap gallery is pleased to present « Téléportation », a bold exploratory project that brings together the works of Guillaume La Brie and Satoru Tamura. Curated by Gilles Mihalcean, both artists were invited to recreate at a distance, the work of the other.
This idea was born from the crazy dream of an artist, here assuming the role of the curator, to present a thousand leagues from its place of origin sculpture without having to pack the work in a crate, to transport it, to custom clear it and to bring it back. Dematerializing the work in a sense. Imputes it a lightness that makes it so portable. Such as photography or video, for example. Hence the envy to invite two sculptors to dare the exercise, on the basis of reciprocity.
This idea, the gallery received it with interest and curiosity. Trying the experience of the work of the other, but without falling into its reproduction. Such was the invitation made to the artists, who in turn have been foolish enough to accept the challenge.
Presented simultaneously in both cities, Tokyo and Montreal, the work of Satoru Tamura is visible at nap gallery and the work of Guillaume La Brie is presented at B-312. Although … And that’s the whole point of the project, you will have to see how the artists will reclaim, by the practice of the other, their own plastic concern.
We invite you to come, see and take the measurement of this exploration made somewhere between two cities, two countries, two cultures. Two artists. Several languages. One teleportation, in the range of 10 400 km.
nap gallery would like to thank all the artists and Marthe Carrier of B-312 involved in this adventure.
Galerie B-312 supports research and development of contemporary arts by a sustained program of exhibitions, performances, workshops, conferences and publications. The gallery encourages artists at different stages of their careers and supports the diversity of the visual art practices: painting, sculpture, drawing, video, performance, photography and media art.
The Gallery aims to be a platform of discussions and exchanges around the practice and current issues and participates in debates and critical discourse surrounding the creation. The gallery supports any activity that promotes awareness and appreciation of art and its condition of existence and encourages its influence on the local and international scene. B-312 promotes the improvement of conditions and the recognition of the status of artists and cultural workers.
Guillaume Labrie lives and works in Montreal. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM in 2007. Since 2002, his sculptural and installation work was presented in many exhibition in Quebec such as Skol, Circa, Clark, B-312, Darling Foundry and Axenéo7. He has also participated in several international residencies and events, including events organized by Pique-Nique of which he is a founding member. Guillaume Labrie also made several architectural art projects in Quebec. He is represented by Lilian Rodriguez Art Gallery.
Satoru Tamura lives in Tochigi, Japan. He graduated from the College of Art and Design University of Tsukuba in 1995. Multimedia artist, his practice ranges from sculpture, kinetic art, video and installation. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Japan (Nerima Art Museum in Tokyo, Koriyama City Museum of Art in Koriyama, N-Mark B1 in Nagoya) and in Europe (Volta9 in Basel, Switzerland, Merz Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland) and more recently in the United States (NYC Volta 2014). Satoru Tamura is represented by Tezukayama Gallery in Osaka, Japan and nap gallery in Tokyo, Japan.
Since the 70’s, Gilles Mihalcean is a prominent figure on the sculpture scene in Quebec. His work has been shown in several art centers, galleries and museums in Montreal, in Canada, the United States and Europe. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards and prestigious grants, including the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton (1987), the Jean-Paul Riopelle (2005) and the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas (2011). His work is in many public and private collections. He is represented by Galerie Laroche / Joncas