Creation workshop II

Creation workshop II Espejo Negro
Artists: Alejandro Garcia Contreras | Ben Clarkson | Isabelle Guimond | Mat O’Hara | Naghmeh Sharifi | Chris Simonite
Saturday, August 3rd to Satuday, August 24th, 2013
Opening: Saturday, August 3rd at 3 p.m.

Public programming:
Opening: Saturday, August 3rd at 3 p.m.
Performance by Chris Simonite as his country/rock ‘star’ alter ego Stan Dickie: Saturday, August 3rd at 4 p.m.
“Mexican curious”, projection of a selection of videos by Mexican artists: Thursday, August 15th at 6 p.m.

atelier_de_creation_2_espejo_negro_2Les Territoires is hosting six artists participating in the second edition of the Creation workshops. The workshops will end with the presentation of a group exhibit, which will be shown at Les Territoires from August 3rd to August 24th, 2013.


The Creation workshops bring together five emerging artists and one invited international artist. Over a period of 4 months, the group of artists with different artistic practices shared their ideas and know-how with one another in order to create a collective work.


Alejandro Garcia Contreras, guest artist in residency, uses painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and performance in his work. Born in Tapachula (Chiapas), Mexico in 1982, Contreras draws inspiration from contemporary mass culture, Mexican folklore, myths, occultism, religions and pop icons of his generation. Using a series of media ranging from video animation to sculpture, he recounts short stories in which the theme of death, ever-present in Mexican culture, unfolds in a number of different states and forms.


Using the topic of death – taboo in Western culture – Alejandro Garcia Contreras invites Ben Clarkson, Isabelle Guimond, Matt O’Hara, Naghmeh Sharifi and Chris Simonite, five emerging artists chosen through a call for submissions, to work on this theme for the second edition of the Creation workshop. Workshop’s blog:


Ben Clarkson is an artist, cartoonist, multimedia programmer and illustrator. Originally from Winnipeg, he lives and works in Montréal. The scope of his drawings ranges from men fighting werewolves to sextoys and vampire cyclists. Using elements of the absurd, his artistic language refers at once to mass culture, folklore and the history of art. He produced works both in the public arena as well as in the virtual world (street art and web art) in which he intervenes using 2D and 3D sculptures, collages, interactive games, fake publications, real publications and performances.


Isabelle Guimond works on the creation of images using drawing, collage, photography, and, most importantly, painting. In their workmanship, her paintings reflect the different mediums that are present in her artistic practice: instant portraiture and collages of daily images (ad billboards, elements of the urban landscape, furniture etc.) are all present in her imagery. The expressive faces, objects and decors exposed in her canvases call back to Facebook iconography as if frozen in a type of melancholia. Our popular and daily culture is here exposed through a detached voyeurism.


Mat O’Hara lives and works in Montréal. O’Hara is at once a photographer, video and installation artist. In his works, he studies the act of celebrating, the codes and poses of parties along with the accessories tied to celebrations (balloons, confetti, streamers, etc.). He isolates each element of the festive ritual, deconstructing the performative act until it becomes both absurd and strange.


Naghmeh Sharifi is a painter. She is most interested in the myth of Psyche, the concept of soul as well as the physical and mental complexity, which makes up every human being. She parasites her portraits and collective scenes by bringing in elements of the unconscious and the invisible to shed light on the hidden identity of the characters in her paintings.


Chris Simonite is an artist, musician and cartoonist in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Simonite is a multi-media artist whose work deals with issues surrounding modern masculinity, religion and nationalism through humour and satire. He utilizes live performance, video, animation and drawing among other media to question 21st Century narratives. In September 2011, he presented his first solo show Mansongs at Gallery 101, in Ottawa.