This evening offers a carte blanche to PERFform 18, a performance art tour from New Brunswick, conceived by Linda Rae Dornan and Mathieu Léger.
Linda Rae Dornan
In a series of connected actions, Dornan will perform with language systems forgotten and unknown, both physically and written, in an effort to communicate. Sometimes playful, often autobiographical, she gently queries life’s possibilities by creating poetic scenes about language, place and being.
Linda Rae Dornan’s art practice is performative and interdisciplinary, inclusive of video, installation, performance, sound and writing. Each feeds into the other exploring how we speak/communicate and connect to each other and the land around us through voice and body, language, place, memory and being. Winner of the 2010 Strathbutler Award, the NB Linda Joy Media Arts Award and numerous art grants, she has exhibited, performed and screened her work in North America, Europe and Asia. Recent projects include the performances Performing Rituals of Place in Arbroath, Scotland and Reykjavík, Iceland; PERFform 17, performance art tour with Mathieu Léger; Woven woven lost and found, Visualeyez Performance Art Festival, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB; Calling the Cuckoo at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art in Toronto. Upcoming is an evening of performances with Mathieu Léger at La Fonderie Darling in Montreal. Her performance art work is included in the 2016 publication, More Caught in the Act; An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women. Dornan’s work is in the New Brunswick Museum, Owens Art Gallery, NB Art Bank, Canada Council Art Bank, La Province du Québec, and numerous private collections.
For PERFform 18, Mathieu Léger will continue developing his series In Regard to Rendering (2016-present). These works are a performance experiment in matter, time, and form using objects and actions that speak about the temporary and the permanent. In Regard to Rendering is an exploration into how we attach meaning to space through the use of processes and materials that refer to permanence. This project engages with interstitiality: the space within one boundary and the next4, that is to say, the research is interested in engaging our level of comfort in uncertain, transitory spaces, as well as volumetric awareness.
Mathieu Léger hails from the Maritime region of Eastern Canada. Serial artist-in-residence, he has participated in 50 artist's residencies. Léger holds a Bachelor of Arts (Literature / Fine Art - Université de Moncton, 01998). His work reflects on ideas surrounding wilderness, geological time, and process related activities of the natural world. Scouring time, place, and space, his projects are delivered through performance, textworks, photography, and video/sound installations. He is currently developing several long-term projects that investigate the physicality of spatial awareness through performance, sound, and image. He shares his time between far away places and Moncton, NB, Canada.
From 6pm, enjoy the Darling Foundry's Second Nature Bar and the tacos kiosk by Café Cantina, on a set by DJ Jérôme!
The artists would like to acknowledge the support of the following organizations:
The New Brunswick Arts Board
Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation
Canada Council for the Arts
Galerie Sans Nom