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Après l’hiver, avant le printemps / After Winter, Before Spring

Christine Kirouac et Doug Smith se connaissent depuis longtemps et ont tous deux fait leurs armes sur la scène artistique de Winnipeg au milieu des années 1980. Leurs carrières ont pris des chemins différents au cours des trente dernières années, mais ont naturellement convergé pour cette première collaboration d’ambitieux travaux de graphite sur papier.

Christine Kirouac et Doug Smith

du 30 mai
au 27 mai, 2019

Whyte Ridge, dans la banlieue sud de Winnipeg et où Kirouac et sa mère âgés vivent, est au croisement de la tension entre le mondain et le sauvage, contrairement au discours populaire critique sur les développements urbains.

Construit sous une route naturelle de la migration des oies, il y existe une interdépendance forcée entre les humains et les systèmes naturels qui parfois s’entrechoquent, particulièrement après que l’hiver commence à s’estomper, mais avant que le printemps n’arrive totalement. Les dessins au graphite de Kirouac de parties d’oiseaux démembrées, des arbres nus drainés de toute couleur montrent l’évidence de ces batailles entre la croissance naturelle et notre compulsion à vouloir la « corriger », la façonnant et la taillant agressivement dans une conformité inoffensive. D’après l’étude minutieuse d’un vrai romantisme, Kirouac souligne sa relation avec ces formes isolées et vulnérables et leur occupation prudente d’un environnement clairsemé, un processus d’acceptation non seulement de leurs blessures, mais des siennes aussi. Pour plusieurs, le moment le plus difficile de l’année dans les prairies du Nord est entre l’hiver et le printemps. Considéré comme une saison en soi, le passage de mars à avril montre que le spectre des gris, les vents glaciaux impitoyables et les formes graphiques noires, silhouettes et lignes dures découpant le paysage enneigé, peuvent se dérober sous la forme d’une poésie sublime.

Doug Smith
Christine Kirouac
Doug Smith
Christine Kirouac

Revenir à la maison après sept ans aux États-Unis a été une décision difficile prise par nécessité, non selon le désir, et la routine est devenue une partie essentielle à la survie de Kirouac.

Elle a marché quotidiennement dans les mêmes rues, les mêmes baies passant devant les mêmes maisons de stuc beige, les mêmes allées, arbustes et arbres, photographiant avec son téléphone cellulaire ces figures organiques qui se montraient à elle en se rebellant. À la maison, elle en a scruté chaque détail par le dessin, ajoutant du papier au fur et à mesure afin de leur permettre de se développer comme ils en avaient besoin. Un corbeau ramené à la maison après s’être fait frapper par une voiture, un conifère décapité, un Caragana arborescent, les silhouettes précises des galles gonflées de champignons nodulaires tendent tous vers d’émouvantes contradictions visuelles, pleines de théâtre, de drame, de mortalité et de beauté. 

Le dessin à grande échelle de Smith, A March Moment, reflète une perspective macroscopique pour travailler de concert avec les observations intimes de Kirouac au cœur de la communauté de banlieue. Quand Kirouac a présenté l’idée de collaboration dans un projet double examinant les limites de la banlieue de Whyte Ridge, Smith avait pour prémisse initiale d’adopter une posture critique face à l’expansion urbaine. Toutefois, au fil du temps, Smith a exploré différents types de récits, explorant la mythologie. Smith a travaillé sur les périmètres de son voisinage durant leur échange d’idées et c’est sa promenade quotidienne à vélo vers le quartier de Whyte Ridge qui a magnifié la séparation de ce développement des années 1980 du plus ancien Winnipeg où il habite. Smith devait traverser des zones résidentielles, une zone industrielle, des conclaves de magasins à grande surface, de larges artères de circulation en direction des barrières acoustiques en bois derrière lesquelles des blocs carrés nets, des toits et des murs se dressent. Là se trouve Whyte Ridge, nichée dans un amas de culs de sacs. Les maisons géométriques basses qui se dressent avec force entre ciel et terre. La ligne d’horizon limitée des arbres et la géométrie répétitive des « maisons à l’emporte-pièce » renforcent l’effet. Indicateurs de cette intersaison particulière lorsque deux climats partagent le même espace dans le temps, le chevauchement conflictuel des systèmes météorologiques conjure la sensation d’un espace mythologique et primordial.

Arrive le dessin Into The Aether.

Ce dessin à panneaux laisse entrevoir le mouvement viscéral d’un souvenir, tremplin d’un portrait personnel de la maison d’enfance de Smith, rasée sans cérémonie pour faire place à un stationnement. Le vieux détruit pour faire place au neuf, un récit poussiéreux. Dans ce dessin, la maison agit comme une forme de nœud de transmission, dansant à travers les brumes de la mémoire et signifiant d’une incarnation transmissible des expériences de vie intimes. Les deux artistes utilisent l’environnement banlieusard comme un lieu improbable pour réfléchit sur la maison, les sentiments, le souvenir, la mortalité et l’harmonie. Après l’hiver, avant le printemps est une invitation à reconsidérer ce qui se trouve sous nos yeux.

Doug Smith
Doug Smith
After Winter, Before Spring

Christine Kirouac and Doug Smith have known each other a long time and both cut their teeth on the Winnipeg art scene beginning in the mid-eighties. Their careers took different paths over the past thirty years, but have now naturally converged for the first time collaboration of ambitious graphite works on paper. The South Winnipeg suburb of Whyte Ridge, where Kirouac and her elderly mother live, sits at a point of tension between mundane and savage, contrary to the popular critical discourse around urban suburb developments. Built beneath a natural geese migratory route, a forced interdependency between humans and natural systems exist and at times clash, particularly after winter begins to relent, but before spring fully arrives. Her graphite drawings of dismembered bird parts, stripped trees drained of colour lay bare evidence of the battles between natural growth and our compulsion to “correct” it, aggressively shaping and grooming it into inoffensive conformity. Using the scrutiny of a true romantic, Kirouac draws out her relationship with and to these isolated and vulnerable forms and their cautionary occupancy of the sparse environment, a process of acceptance of not only their violent wounds, but her own as well. To many, the most difficult time of the year in the Northern prairies is in between Winter and Spring. Considered a season in and of itself, March through April presents the duality of how the spectrum of grays, relentless icy winds, and graphic black shapes, silhouettes and harsh lines cutting the snowscape can give way to a kind of sublime poetry. Coming back home, after seven years in the United States was a difficult decision made out of necessity not desire, and routine became a vital part of Kirouac’s survival. She walked daily venturing along the same streets, bays, past the same taupe stucco houses, driveways, shrubs and trees, shooting cell phone source images of these organic figures quietly rebelling that would show themselves to her. At home, she would scrutinize each detail through drawing, adding paper as she went allowing them to grow as they needed. A crow carried home after being hit by a car, a decapitated evergreen, a Weeping Caragana, crisp silhouettes of swollen galls of black knot fungi all lend themselves to visual and moving contradictions, rife with theatre, drama, mortality and beauty. Smith’s large scale drawing A March Moment reflects a macroscopic perspective to work in concert with Kirouac’s intimate observations within the suburb community. When Kirouac presented the idea of collaborating on a dual project examining the outlying suburb of Whyte Ridge, Smith’s initial premise was to pursue a critical stance on the trend of urban expansion. In time, however, Smith navigated towards a different type of narrative, exploring the mythological. Smith worked on the perimeter of this neighbourhood at the time of their idea exchange and it was his daily bicycle sojourn towards the Whyte Ridge area that magnified the separation of that eighties development from Winnipeg’s older interior where he lives. Smith would pass through residential areas, an industrial zone, conclaves of big box stores, large arterial feeder roads towards the wooden sound barriers from which clean square blocks, roofs and walls would rise behind. Therein lay Whyte Ridge, tucked away in cul-de-sacs. The low rising geometric houses of emphatically bracketed by great prairie sky. The limited treeline and repetitive geometrics of “cookie cutter houses” enhanced the effect. Indicative of that particular inter season when the two climates are sharing the same space in time, the overlapping clashing of weather systems conjured a sense of a mythological and primordial space. Enter the drawing, Into The Aether. This multi-panel drawing infers a visceral movement of a point in memory, spring boarding off a personal portraiture of Smith’s childhood house that was unceremoniously razed to make way for a parking lot. The old torn down for new construction, a dusty narrative. In this drawing, the house acts as a form of transmission node, dancing through the gauze of memory and signifier of a transmittable embodiment of intimate living experiences. Both artists use this suburb site as an improbable locus to reflect on home, sentiment, recollection, mortality and harmony. After Winter, Before Spring is an invitation to reconsider what lies in plain sight.

La Maison des artistes visuels francophones

La Maison des artistes visuels francophones

La Maison des artistes is located on the territory covered by Treaty 1, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation. It recognizes that these peoples are the true custodians of the lands and waters of this territory, the values of their traditional  knowledge and the importance of the links between this land and all its peoples. 

La Maison des artistes visuels francophones (La Maison) strives to make the visual arts radiate throughout Manitoba as well as Canada and the world, while providing a welcoming space for francophone artists and members of the community. 

 

The Contemporary Arts Gallery

Each year, the Maison des Artistes offers between 5 and 6 professional exhibitions in its main gallery. By placing these exhibitions in a linguistic minority context, La Maison seeks to awaken and educate the public on how culture shapes our vision of the world around us.

 

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Adapted into a multifunctional gallery in 2016, the Studio welcomes all your ideas, from the most innovative artistic exploration to community projects! Its short-term exhibitions help local artists promote their work, network and advance their careers.

 

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About Us

The Maison des Artistes is located in Treaty 1 territory, the traditional territory of the Anishinabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the cradle of the Métis nation. It recognizes that these peoples are the true custodians of the lands and waters of this territory.

La Maison des artistes visuels francophones is a not-for –profit organization committed to the pursuit of meaningful dialogue about art and creativity for the francophone community. We provide public programs and art exhibitions that resonate with our many audiences. At La Maison, we warmly invite and welcome people from all backgrounds and ages; artists from all visual arts disciplines to engage in a multi-cultural dialogue about distinct minority communities, identity and sense of place. We provide professional support for artists every step of the way in innovative ways in which to experience art for the community at large. 

La Maison des artistes visuels francophones is a contemporary reflection of the collective stories from the Red River Valley. This important crossroads was a trading route for Indigenous peoples and the European settlers who began arriving in the early 1800s. Through time this created a tapestry which is unique to Manitoba that includes the diverse French Quarter of Saint- Boniface and a multitude of bilingual rural towns located throughout Manitoba.

Reflecting this history, La Maison was founded on February 7, 2000 in Winnipeg and already had about fifteen members. The president at the time, Mario Buscio, indicated that "[La Maison's mandate] will be to promote and distribute the works of French-speaking artists [and] to encourage exchanges between artists. "Breaking through isolation has been an important component of La Maison from its inception: even the choice of its name, La Maison des Artistes, signals the desire to create a space for meeting and gathering. La Maison now has over a hundred members and presents a rich and varied artistic and educational program each year.

La Maison is aimed at a large and diverse audience, from all walks of life and from all economic means, flourishing in the face of the French language's appeal and culture, brimming with solidarity and inclusion for minority communities. In this sense, the original name of the artist center was changed in 2004 to "La Maison des artistes visuels francophones inc." To better reflect the artistic vision of La Maison, which is an integral part of linguistic history of Canada. This vision is based on the many languages ​​used before and after colonialism and which were suppressed until the creation of the Official Languages ​​Act of 1969 and, more recently, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of 2008 which drew l attention to the loss of indigenous languages.

Defining its actions by belonging to a minority, La Maison takes the representation of diversity to heart. The programming of exhibitions and activities is a way to highlight the richness of  this and to engage the public in the integration and acceptance of difference, but more particularly in relation to linguistic minorities. The values ​​that guide the actions of the organization -- inclusiveness, fulfillment, solidarity, creativity, and  integrity-- testify to this desire.

 

Our Mission

La Maison des artistes visuels francophones is first and foremost an association serving francophone visual artists in Manitoba who want to work to ensure the viability of an artistic career. It sees to their development and is dedicated to the defense of their individual and collective interests. The activities of La Maison must meet the needs of representation, training, promotion and dissemination of the visual arts. The organization is committed to offering training for members in good standing and raising public awareness in general.

 

Our Vision

La Maison strengthens the vitality and diversity of the Francophonie by being recognized as a major player in culture and the visual arts.

 

Our Values

The actions of La Maison are thought out and carried out around the following values:

  • inclusiveness;
  • fulfillment;
  • solidarity;
  • creativity;
  • integrity.

 

Our Partners

Each year, La Maison collaborates with between 20 and 25 various organizations inside and outside its walls and strives to continue supporting its existing partnerships while building new relationships with organizations in and outside the cultural milieu. These partnerships aim to support and diversify La Maison's activities, but also to develop new audiences. The organization actively relies on interdisciplinary dialogue to allow more people to discover the visual arts. 

 

Here are a few partners from  with whom La Maison has worked with in recent years:

 

Accueil Francophone http://accueilfrancophonemb.com

Alliance française du Manitoba  https://www.francophonie-en-mouvement.com

Art AccessAbility Network Manitoba (AANM) https://aanm.ca

ArtCity https://artcityinc.com

Artspace https://art-space.ca

Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF) https://www.agavf.ca

Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) https://ccfm.mb.ca

Centre Bang https://centrebang.ca

Centre Turbine http://centreturbine.org/d7/

Conseil jeunes provincial (CJP) https://conseil-jeunesse.mb.ca

Éditions du Blé http://ble.refc.ca

Entreprises Riel http://www.entreprisesriel.com/en/

Fédération culturelle canadienne-française https://www.fccf.ca

Festival international des écrivains de Winnipeg https://conseildesarts.mb.ca/2019/09/le-festival-international-des-ecrivains-de-winnipeg-subvention-partage-presentation/

Festival du voyageur https://heho.ca/fr/

Fierté Winnipeg https://pridewinnipeg.com

Jeunesse au travail Canada Jeunesse Canada au travail - Canada.ca

Katimavik https://katimavik.org/en/

Le 100 nons https://100nons.com

Manitoba Art Network https://manitobaartsnetwork.ca

 

 

Contact Us

La Maison des artistes se trouve sur le territoire visé par le traité no 1, territoire traditionnel des peuples anishinabé , cri, oji-cri, dakota et déné, et berceau de la nation métisse. Elle reconnaît que ces peuples sont les gardiens véritables des terres et des eaux de ce territoire.

Address:

219 Provencher Boulevard
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2H 0G4

Phone:

(204) 237-5964

Contemporary Gallery

Each year, La Maison des Artistes offers between 5 and 6 professional exhibitions in its main gallery. This program seeks to present current works in various disciplines and is reflected each year around a theme. By placing these exhibitions in a linguistic minority context, La Maison seeks to awaken and sensitize the public on the way in which culture models our vision of the world around us.

La Maison constantly reassesses the vision proposed by its programming with the awareness that each cultural creator brings with him the weight of social responsibility and the possibility of societal change. In a period of global challenges where identity and diversity are divisive issues, La Maison plays an important role in the cultural fabric by acting as a linguistic bridge between several minority communities.

La Maison provides an opportunity to celebrate difference and enrich the cultural realm through dialogue , and art in Manitoba and beyond. La Maison is an accessible space for creative dreamers that showcases culture and events in French, where all those who wish can participate and belong to a community full of possibilities.

 

Call for Applications

Chosen by a call for applications or by invitation, the professional exhibitions of the contemporary gallery are scheduled until spring 2023. These exhibitions, lasting approximately 2 months, are presented in the main gallery, but can also spill over if necessary into the Studio, a space adapted into a multifunctional gallery in 2016. La Maison relies on a critical dialogue in the orientation of its programming and the projects it presents address contemporary issues in different mediums of the visual arts spectrum.

The selection of the 2023-24 program will be made in winter 2021 through a call for proposals revolving around a specific theme. The projects that will be part of it will be selected by a committee formed by members of the La Maison team and Francophone artists or cultural workers following a call for projects.

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Le Studio

A space adapted into a multifunctional gallery in 2016, the Studio welcomes all your ideas, from the most innovative artistic exploration to community projects! Its short-term exhibitions help local artists promote their work, network and advance their careers. With this space, La Maison can also meet the needs of organizations in its community for professional exhibition spaces. The Studio also contains a small room with about fifteen seats, the Mini-Studio, where projections of video works can be presented.

The Studio's programming is usually decided between 4 and 6 months in advance to offer artists a flexible professional space for experimental projects, with critical deadlines or which represent an exciting opportunity. The organization wishes to maintain this flexibility in the use of this space to respond quickly to more innovative, one-off or specific projects. In this way, La Maison listens to artists who wish to develop or test new ideas, who have specific needs (for example, benefit from professional space and lighting to photograph their work) or who wish to receive feedback on their work by taking it out of the studio to exhibit it to the public and the artistic community.

 

Call for applications

With flexible programming planned a few months in advance, La Maison is always interested in receiving new projects for the Studio! Whether you are an artist or a community group, you can submit a project by emailing our programming team with a short statement of intent and some images if you have them.

 

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Après l’hiver, avant le printemps / After Winter, Before Spring
Surrounding "La Maison"

In partnership with the City of Winnipeg and various levels of government, La Maison created the Sculpture Garden in 2008, an outdoor green space adjacent to La Maison’s galleries. The gardens contribute to culture, community, economic development, heritage and the arts in the community. Today, the Garden features 5 permanent sculptures commissioned from renowned French Canadian artists as well as ephemeral projects in collaboration with Cool Gardens. The Sculpture Garden also features a light box located directly towards Provencher Boulevard, a major traffic artery in the St. Boniface neighbourhood. This structure, set up a few years ago as part of the Flash Photographic Festival, is designed to showcase photographic works with each work being presented for approximately one year. The Sculpture Garden welcomes thousands of visitors every year with public events organised by La Maison or its partners. As with the art gallery, access is always free for the public.

At the same time as the creation of the Garden, the charitable organization "Les Amis des arts visuels du Manitoba" was registered with the mandate to promote the visual arts and be the custodians of the Sculpture Garden. Its main activities are the maintenance of the 5 permanent public art sculptures, yearly upkeep of the garden and raising the funds for new sculptures.

Become a Member

Membre artiste

The membre artiste category is open to anyone with a visual arts production, curator, art critic or cultural worker can become a member. Visual arts encompass more traditional practices like painting, sculpture, printmaking, fine crafts including fine art photography (analog and digital), illustration, performance, art video, but also new artistic practices such as digital (still and mobile images) and media arts. Multidisciplinary practices which relate to one or more fields of the visual arts are also included as part of the visual arts.

Membership status allows the membre artiste to participate in the annual Membership Show and sell their pieces there if required. They can also take advantage of special offers such as participating in networking activities, workshops and training at no charge or at reduced prices or invitations to VIP events (networking, special evenings, previews). He can also have his profile page on our website. Membre artiste have the right to participate in all the activities of the organization, to receive notices of convocation to members' meetings, to attend these meetings and to vote there.

To maintain their status, the membre artiste must pay their annual membership fee.

 

Membre de soutient

Anyone, business or organization that cares about the arts and culture, wants to offer support to artists and keep abreast of what is happening in the cultural community can become a membre de soutien.

The membre de soutien benefits from discounts on La Maison’s products and invitations to VIP events (networking, special evenings, previews) in addition to receiving our newsletter which allows them to be aware of the latest activities on the scene. artistic and our programming. Membre de soutien have the right to participate in all activities of the organization, to receive notices of meetings of members and to attend such meetings. However, they are not allowed to vote there.

To maintain their status, the membre de soutien must pay their annual membership fee.

 

Membre honoraire

Since its general assembly in October 2019, La Maison des artistes has a new category of members: honorary members. This distinction can be granted to any person who has rendered service to the latter through his work or through his donations or who has shown his support for the goals pursued by the organization or who has offered the Francophone community of Manitoba extraordinary service.

The nomination of an honorary member will be made following consultation of the members who may submit applications accompanied by a complete file respecting the standards established by a selection committee mandated to evaluate the files and recommend a member to the Board. All intentions for the nomination of an honorary member will be sent to all members in good standing with the notice of the general meeting.

To submit an application, you must be a member in good standing (artist member or supporting member) and submit at least one month before the annual general assembly a file including the following elements: a letter explaining why the nominated person should become an honorary member de La Maison, an agreement with the latter for the nomination as well as an up-to-date curriculum vitae.

 

Après l’hiver, avant le printemps / After Winter, Before Spring