Francine Savard’s retrospective explores the relationship between painting and space, somewhat like CLAUDE TOUSIGNANT’S EXHIBITION presented earlier this year at the MCAM. However, Savard adds a cryptic poetry to her artwork, including references to geography, literature and language. She deconstructs all the codes of art and painting; instead of showing a final work that represents a portrait or a landscape, she prefers to exhibit what can’t be expressed on a canvas, creating an impossible dialogue between the meaning of a work and the materials that convey the message.
Tacita Dean deconstructs the idea of contemporary dance with a live performance filmed and projected on six large screens. She asked renowned choreographer Merce Cunningham to interpret John Cage’s work in three movements, 4’33’’, entirely composed of ambient silence. The 88-year old Cunningham sits in a wheelchair and doesn’t move, expressing himself through different poses for each variation. How can you show such an essential concept as silence? Tacita Dean answers this question beautifully in this heartbreaking video series about human fragility.
I would also highly recommend checking out the current Projections series on the lower floor of the museum, right next to the bookstore. Jane and Louise Wilson present The Silence Is Twice as Fast Backwards, a thrilling visual experience that explores the “psychology of places” when emotions are often associated with the immediate environment. For only $8, you get to see four exceptional exhibitions, and on Wednesday night, you can see them all for free until 9 p.m. Check out the MCAM’S WEBSITE for more information.
PHOTOS: DARK SOULS, INSTALLATION (TRICIA MIDDLETON). © GUY L’HEUREUX