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Artwork by Maura Dyle. Photo: Emmanuelle Gingras.

What’s on the program for AXENÉO7’s summer season?

By Emmanuelle Gingras on July 8, 2022

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AXENÉO7 celebrated the official opening of their summer programming this week. The Gatineau visual arts centre officially announced the artists’ works that you’ll be able to see in and around their location for the season.

Located at La Filature Inc, AXENÉO7 is an artist-run center that advocates for, promotes, and exhibits visual artists, while developing critical discourse around them. In collaboration with Downtown Gatineau’s Culture Trail (Sentier culturel de la Ville de Gatineau), the centre welcomed Maura Doyle, Josée Dubeau, Annie Thibault, and the resident artist Marc-Olivier Hamelin, to their experimental space.

At the grand opening, a celebration of the latest edition of Espace magazine was also going on. The multidisciplinary musician Yolande Laroche created a vocal performance from her project Journal d’enfance for the occasion. The public was fully immersed in a candid, deeply reflective experience.

Dear Universe / Cher Univers by Maura Dyle

June 22nd – August 6th, 2022

Artwork by Maura Dyle. Photo: Emmanuelle Gingras.

As explained in the artistic statement of Maura Doyle, she first resisted the space of the gallery. The ever-growing artist has always followed the conceptual inquiry at hand before everything. Adapting and mocking the environment and material she’s working with, Doyle constantly questions how we hierarchize and justify what is important to ourselves and others.

Her conceptual work, presented inside the building, brilliantly reflects human duality through details, combined with the grotesque excesses of overconsumption.

Among other things, the public navigates between pottery work placed in unstable positions, hanging empty chip bags, an unglazed porcelain stack of bones, and a t-shirt hung by a pile of standing wood sticks. The risky and amusing utilization of the space establishes a constant feeling of carefulness for the visitors.

Mirador by Josée Dubeau

July 6th – October 2nd, 2022

Mirador by Josée Dubeau. Photo: Jonathan Lorange

The piece Mirador by Josée Dubeau is presented for the second year in a row. Placed in the courtyard of La filature, just in front of la Brasserie’s stream, Mirador doesn’t look like an artistic intervention at first, as it represents a watchtower. As explained in the artistic statement of Dubeau, the chosen site is not neutral, as “the history of this canalized fork of the Outaouais river goes back to the beginnings of the tumultuous relationship between Upper and Lower Canada.”

Mirador is an interactive installation that invites the public to question the relationship between each other, as citizens, and the geo-historico-political context in which we live.

Les Radieuse / Cartographie de l’invisible by Annie Thibault

July 6th – October 2nd, 2022
Artist talk : July 20th | 6 PM – 7 PM

Les Radieuse / Cartographie de l’invisible by Annie Thibault

Annie Thibault’s Les Radieuses / Cartographie de l’invisible is presented in the frontyard of La Filature. The sculpture, which has a tree form, feels counter-instinctual when first in contact with it. The organic nature of the piece almost comes out as stoic with its metallic aspect.

Les Radieuses is intriguing, yet a reflection of the local geography of la Brasserie stream’s banks, “a site that was at the origin of Hull’s industrial development in the 19th and 20th centuries, and which now reflects a rich and diversified cultural life,” as described in the artist’s statement.

Artist-in-residence: Marc-Olivier Hamelin

July 4th – July 31st, 2022
Artist talk: July 13th | 6 PM – 8 PM

Artist-in-residence: Marc-Olivier Hamelin

The work of Marc-Olivier Hamelin is not yet presented. AXENÉO7 is currently welcoming the artist for a research and creation residency as part of their Summer Residencies, in partnership with l’Écart. AXENÉO7 will be hosting a conversation with Hamelin and Neeko Paluzzi, who is part of the same agreement, in the courtyard of La Filature on July 13th.

As explained in his artist statement, Hamelin uses dialogue as a starting point and raises issues related to self-narrative and speech production. His projects — in which he interweaves his voice with that of others — take shape in installations, videos and texts.

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