McCord Museum: World première, Impressions of a City. Montreal Through a Pinhole
I used to throw my Q-Tip boxes away. Not any more: I am going to make a camera. Artist Guy Glorieux did just that. He made a tiny hole in one side of the box, and placed photographic paper on the other. For ‘cameras’, he used different containers; paint cans, match boxes, and – wait for it – huge rooms! The results, a collaboration with UMA, Maison de l’image et de la photographie, are stunning. The photographic paper only ‘films’ things that do not move. So, people – who come and go – or cars, only leave a phantom presence. Images taken with a pinhole camera look like negatives. In Glorieux’ photos the sky is dark and the trees are pale, but seem to shimmer, because their rustling leaves moved throughout the duration of the pinhole ‘shoot’.
Until May 27, 2012.
Free: Wednesday nights. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m and the first Saturday of every month
Tickets: Adults $13, Students $17, Children free
McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West, www.mccord.mcgill.ca
Musée d’Art Contemporain: Three women artists question identity.
Valérie Blass has created Star-Wars-style hybrids. There are Egyptian ladies, wide-eyed lemurs and shaggy creatures. Also a man – hidden under swirling swathes of black hair. He wears sharp, stylish stiletto heels.
Wangechi Muti’s collage-drawings question identity. Her works of black women are created with bits and pieces cut out of magazines, such as Vogue, where women are airbrushed to idealized perfection. The resulting pieces are sometimes pretty, always provocative. Moth Girls, 2010 , the centre of the exhibition, is made up of leather-winged things with female ceramic legs. Mutants, classified and pinned for inspection.
Ghada Amer’s work needs a second glance: or two. From a distance, her canvases resemble Abstract Expressionism. Go closer. There lie ladies of the night, pretty pneumatic lasses positioned in classic Playboy porno poses. They are made with tiny stitches of embroidery thread. The thread, with the ends left very long, forms the veil of the work – the abstract surface pattern. The wanton women lie beneath.
Tuesday – Sunday 11 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Free: Wednesday evenings 5 – 9 p.m.
Adults $12, Students $8, Children under 12 free
Musée d’art contemporain, 185 Ste Catherine Street West, www.macm.org