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IGNITION is an annual exhibition that features new work by students currently enrolled in the Studio Arts or Humanities graduate programs at Concordia University. It provides an upandcoming generation of artists with a unique opportunity to present ambitious, interdisciplinary works in the professional context of a gallery with a national and international profile. Graduate students work directly with Gallery staff to produce an exhibition that places an emphasis on critical, innovative, and experimental work, engaging in the exploration and consideration of diverse media and practices.

IGNITION 15
Swapnaa Tamhane, Blocks (made by Achim Hirdes, Technician at Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach), 2015. Digital inkjet prints. Courtesy of the artist
Marie-Claude Lepiez, I want to scream because no matter how much I scream, no one will listen, 2019. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist
Victor Arroyo, Portrait of a Nation, 2019. Video still. Courtesy of the artist
Paule Gilbert, Sans titre, 2019. Video still. Courtesy of the artist
Wan Yi Leung, Action Follows, 2018. Video still. Courtesy of the artist
Kyle Alden Martens, Soft Players, 2016. Video still. Courtesy of the artist
Lauren Pelc-McArthur, Think, Simpson, Think, 2019. Acrylic and oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist
Kara Skylling, Untitled, 2019. Graphite and watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Sanaz Sohrabi, Notes on Seeing Double, 2018. Video still. Courtesy of the artist

April 24 – May 25, 2019

Victor Arroyo, Paule Gilbert, Marie-Claude Lepiez, Wan Yi Leung, Kyle Alden Martens, Lauren Pelc-McArthur, Kara Skylling, Sanaz Sohrabi et Swapnaa Tamhane

Projects selected by Nicole Burisch and Michèle Thériault

Wednesday, April 24
Meet the artists, 4:30 pm
Opening, 5:30 pm
Performance by Paule Gilbert, 5:45 pm

Ways of Thinking

To bar. To cross. To circumscribe. These are terms that might first ring of prohibition, interruption, or restriction. Yet, they also characterize a set of generative processes and concerns shared by the nine artists in IGNITION 15. In their hands, they signal sensibilities departing from a standpoint of tight and intimate proximity, from where to examine the multitude of lines outlining and intersecting an analysis of self, histories, and environments. Installing her work behind the Gallery’s main window, Swapnaa Tamhane examines how display might magnify value or serve as a lens for inquiry. Painting on a joint compound support grafted to the wall, Kara Skylling drafts geometric systems in dialogue with the surrounding architecture. This is painting against the gallery, if against is understood as being in close physical contact with. Kyle Alden Martens’s Soft Players documents a trio—possibly the titular soft players—engaged in a subdued game that’s more of an interface than a competition. Resulting from arrangements made on-line with men, Wan Yi Leung’s videos invite questions into the limits of negotiation and collaboration, public and private, and economies of exchange. Starting with an act of minor iconoclasm, Marie-Claude Lepiez commandeers a scene of Victorian friendship and steers it head-on towards queer punk solidarity. Sanaz Sohrabi adopts anatomy as an analytic method to consider images of bodies in assembly. Through editing and commentary, she makes precise incisions across historical lines leaving the body politic to spill between frames. Paule Gilbert’s on-site performance works within the imaginary space of a projected grid where Gilbert slips into the narrow border between the wall and light to improvise with a set of sculptural objects. Victor Arroyo telescopes fantasies of colonial governance and land disposition under the steady eye of a surveillance camera, accenting its duplicitous capacity to project culpability as much as it keeps watch for it. And addressing the hasty collection and consumption of art through social media, Lauren Pelc-McArthur builds the textures of her paintings up to a noisy physicality and opticality that demands viewing in person and skirts easy capture by the camera.

To bar. To cross. To circumscribe. These are terms that might first ring of prohibition, interruption, or restriction. Yet, they also characterize a set of generative processes and concerns shared by the nine artists in IGNITION 15. In their hands, they signal sensibilities departing from a standpoint of tight and intimate proximity, from where to examine the multitude of lines outlining and intersecting an analysis of self, histories, and environments. Installing her work behind the Gallery’s main window, Swapnaa Tamhane examines how display might magnify value or serve as a lens for inquiry. Painting on a joint compound support grafted to the wall, Kara Skylling drafts geometric systems in dialogue with the surrounding architecture. This is painting against the gallery, if against is understood as being in close physical contact with. Kyle Alden Martens’s Soft Players documents a trio—possibly the titular soft players—engaged in a subdued game that’s more of an interface than a competition. Resulting from arrangements made on-line with men, Wan Yi Leung’s videos invite questions into the limits of negotiation and collaboration, public and private, and economies of exchange. Starting with an act of minor iconoclasm, Marie-Claude Lepiez commandeers a scene of Victorian friendship and steers it head-on towards queer punk solidarity. Sanaz Sohrabi adopts anatomy as an analytic method to consider images of bodies in assembly. Through editing and commentary, she makes precise incisions across historical lines leaving the body politic to spill between frames. Paule Gilbert’s on-site performance works within the imaginary space of a projected grid where Gilbert slips into the narrow border between the wall and light to improvise with a set of sculptural objects. Victor Arroyo telescopes fantasies of colonial governance and land disposition under the steady eye of a surveillance camera, accenting its duplicitous capacity to project culpability as much as it keeps watch for it. And addressing the hasty collection and consumption of art through social media, Lauren Pelc-McArthur builds the textures of her paintings up to a noisy physicality and opticality that demands viewing in person and skirts easy capture by the camera.