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In Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, Features, Gigs, Montréal on March 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Art Matters, the festival that erupts in the city of Montreal annually thanks to Concordia University, is back in a big way. It’s scheduled to go on from March 1st to March 19th, and tonight, March 4th, is the Opening Party. It promises to be unreaal with a legendary lineup of internationally-acclaimed bloody-nosed Andrew WK preceded by Montreal-scene staples Pat Jordache, Doldrums, Grimes, Chevalier Avant Garde (formerly known as Postcards), and Cousins, with a DJ set by Wilcox&Promise starting the evening off. It’s all going down at Espace Reunion (6600 Hutchinson), the place that was the grounds that many Pop Montreal-goers previously stood (and jumped) on to see Holy Fuck, GOBBLE GOBBLE, Deerhoof, and a bunch others. It’s $10 at the door, which are at 9PM, so get there early and make sure you don’t miss any of the greatness that this night promises.

It’d be easy (and patently false) to suggest that Art Matters is just a one-trick pony, giving us one good night and then spurning us, forcing us to fend for ourselves until they come around again next year to do it all again. In fact, quite the opposite. The good people behind this festival have us booked at least until the 19th of March with excellent exhibits that feature some incredible art in diverse mediums, such as photography, painting, music, videos, audio-visual, performance, design and numerous other outlets of Montreal-resident creativity. To see everything going on check the Art Matters Festival site, but below I’ve outlined a few of the highlights.

ENTER THE FOAM & ACHIEVE THE SECOND SITE

Sadaf Hakimian - Untitled - Installation

Jessika Hade-Précourt - Untitled - Chromogenic Monotype Print

Eastern Bloc
7240 Clark

Vernissage
March 1, 2011 6PM-9PM

Full Exhibition
March 1 – March 19, 2011

Curated by
Jerome Nadeau & Patryk Stasieczek

“In the space that is of the mind, abstraction reveals dimensions composed of altered states of holographic being. These pockets of infinite perception are projected outward. As art, they evoke intimate tensions of existence that are internal/external.”

 

THE CLOSER WE ARE TO DEATH, THE MORE WE FEEL ALIVE

Pier-Yves LaRouche - Untitled - Drawing

Eastern Bloc
7240 Clark

Vernissage
March 1, 2011 6PM-9PM

Full Exhibition
March 1 – March 19, 2011

Curated by
Jessica Kirsh

“Art is capable of transforming the process of decay into something beautiful, serving to remind us not only of the passing of time but also of the beauty of a life.”

I COULD TELL YOU ABOUT THE RIVER OR WE COULD JUST GET IN

Ashley Opheim - VISIONS - Digital Print On Paper

Les Territoires (Belgo Building)
372 Saint-Catherine W. #527

Vernissage
March 3, 2011 5PM-8PM

Full Exhibition
March 2 – March 14, 2011

Curated by
Tess Edmonson

“This exhibition presents a selection of text-based art from student artists and writers.  At the intersection of written word and conceptual act, The River investigates the role of text in art: as cartograph, as mediation, as inheritance, and as methodology.”

THE NEW ABSTRACTION: THE REBIRTH OF ABSTRACT PAINTING IN CONTEMPORARY ART

Evan Stanfield - Untitled - Painting

Galerie Lilian Rodriguez (Belgo Building) 372 Saint-Catherine W. #405

Vernissage
March 3, 2011 6PM-8PM

Full Exhibition
March 2 – March 11, 2011

Curated by
Carla Sifoni & Eliana Stratica

“Even though painting has been declared dead since the 1960s, there is a new worldwide wave, incorporating a variety of styles. This exhibition is a celebration of abstract painting and color, a sublime element that transcends our rational capacities, and therefore induces a great number of feelings in the viewer.”

FREQUENCIES

Emma Owen - A Tribute to Plastic - Visual Arts

La Sala Rossa
4848 St. Laurent

One Night Only
March 9, 2011 8:30PM

Curated by
Derek Branscombe

“‘Frequencies’ explores the possibilities of live performance through the careful collision of light and sound. The show – composed of live music performance and various forms of light and video projection – will test the relationship between the senses and will feature various genres of music and methods of visual stimulation.”

HOME, PARALLED

Tara Dupins - South Bay, St. Urbain - Photo based on Silkscreens

CTRL LAB
3634 St. Laurent

Vernissage
March 14, 2011 6PM-9PM

Full Exhibition
March 1 – March 19, 2011

Curated by
Dan Smeby

“Thirty-three visual and performing artists will present their idea of home. Paralleling the project is an artist-in-residence, separate from the festival, who will be producing work about home, while calling ctrllab- home. Therefore illuminating the artwork of students that describe non-literal translations of home. Ideally igniting a dialogue defining: “home” between artists and viewers, likewise.”

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I only picked a select few of the events/exhibitions that are going on during Art Matters 2011, so I strongly encourage you to check the site out by clicking any of the images and see all the great things going on with art in Montreal. Enjoy!

Matt May

p.s. Big announcement coming this weekend about an upcoming show at The Lobster Shack next weekend! Get hyyped!

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