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Monday, September 26, 2011

Michèle Provost : Vocabulaire



[i have a wee piece in this show as one of several people invited to write something using any or all of 100 words that Michèle found in the local urban environment.]

Michèle is a creative kindred spirit who i admire for her eclectic flexibility and imagination. Here's a quote about her work taken from her bio for an artists' talk at the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2003:

"Michèle Provost's work involves the subjective assessment of the world that surrounds her. It evokes the fleeting and the mundane, the little moments and simple thoughts that often get lost in an otherwise overpowering and frantic life."

Espacémi, the art gallery of UQO (Université du Québec en Outaouais), is proud to present Vocabulaire, a new exhibition by artist Michèle Provost. The exhibition is featured as part of les Journées de la culture en Outaouais.

Here's the info from the invitation:

"Vocabulaire is an attempt to extract a bit of poetry out of the everyday, by isolating some text elements that have become so customary that our eyes no longer bother conveying them to our brains. The work is centered around a list of 100 French words collected and photographed during regular comings and goings on both sides of the Ottawa River. The installation also features special contributions from a wide variety of both French and English participants, who will individually explore and recompose the same collection of ambient vocabulary. The aim of the exercise is to explore how such apparently banal utterances can be recombined and reconfigured to form an infinite number of more substantial concepts and images."

The exhibition will be on view from September 30 to October 13 2011, at the gallery of the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).

Opening hours :
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12 to 2PM and 6 to 7 PM
Saturday, 1 to 4 PM
Pavillon Lucien-Brault (A-0112), 101 rue Saint-Jean-Bosco, Gatineau

Hope to see you at the vernissage on Friday, September 30 between 5 and 8pm.

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