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SYSTEMS

Launched in 2012 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, the SIGHTINGS satellite exhibition program was conceived as an experimental platform to critically reflect upon the possibilities and limitations of the modernist “white cube.” As part of this program, artists and curators are invited to develop projects for a cubic display unit located in a public space at the university, with the aim of generating new strategies for art dissemination.

Since 2015, programming for SIGHTINGS has explored an annual thematic—work/labor, pedagogy, and psychopathologies—that re-examines the exhibition display’s formal, conceptual, historical and contextual parameters in light of current sociocultural issues. Focusing on the notion of systems, the 2018-2019 edition addresses how the systematicity of the art world corresponds with that of the real world as considered in its various dimensions (political, social, and economic, among others). Accordingly, this cycle of projects continues the critique of the white cube as a “closed system” at the origin of SIGHTINGS and revisits the legacy of conceptualism by drawing attention to power dynamics, contradictions and flaws inherent to these systems.

The SIGHTINGS program is developed by Katrie Chagnon.

SIGHTINGS is located on the ground floor of the Hall Building at 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West and is accessible weekdays and weekends from 7 am to 11 pm.

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LAMPS
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019
Karine Cossette, LAMPS, 2019

May 18 – September 8, 2019

A project by Karine Cossette

This project is a study of the lamp in its most common form.

A lamp is a system made up of four primary elements:

          lampshade
          base
          lightbulb
          and lighting device

The project is based on this system.

Each of the four primary elements is itself divided into four, allowing for the creation of different lamp variants.

Four fabric lampshades are used:

          conical
          cylindrical
          rectangular
          bell-shaped

They are paired with four different ceramic bases:

          round
          angular
          rectangular
          vase-shaped

The pairing of these four lamp bases and four lampshades makes for 16 basic lamp models, each with their own style and identity — in line with the 16 primary personalities identifiable with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

These 16 lamps are equipped with four different coloured lightbulbs:

          blue
          green
          yellow
          red

Lastly, the lamps are either:

          off during daytime
          on during daytime
          on at nighttime
          off at nighttime

The four different lightbulb colours, combined with the four different states for the 16 lamp models, make for a total of 256 possible variations.

The 16 lamp models were photographed with variations of lightbulbs and states. In the Sightings cube, these images are displayed in an X-shaped pattern. The code corresponding to a given variation in the displayed image will be written next to it on the acrylic support system.

Outside the SIGHTINGS cube a quiz is made available. By responding to it you will discover which lamp best represents you and what it says about you.

Karine Cossette is interested in the effects of consumption; both in its material evidence and in how it enters our minds. Photography, collection, writing and graphic design are the many means the artist uses to develop extensive projects such as: Mutants (2005-2013), a dystopian fable set in a parallel reality populated by discarded objects; and Voir des choses (2014-), an open platform in constant evolution. During the summer of 2018 she tookover Dazibao’s Instagram account with the project Boites, a mise en abime of Voir des choses. Karine Cossette recently completed a MFA in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM (2018), and holds a BFA in Photography from Concordia University (2011). She is the recipient of many prizes and grants and has exhibited within Canada. She is also well known for her work as a graphic designer.

Karine Cossette is interested in the effects of consumption; both in its material evidence and in how it enters our minds. Photography, collection, writing and graphic design are the many means the artist uses to develop extensive projects such as: Mutants (2005-2013), a dystopian fable set in a parallel reality populated by discarded objects; and Voir des choses (2014-), an open platform in constant evolution. During the summer of 2018 she tookover Dazibao’s Instagram account with the project Boites, a mise en abime of Voir des choses. Karine Cossette recently completed a MFA in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM (2018), and holds a BFA in Photography from Concordia University (2011). She is the recipient of many prizes and grants and has exhibited within Canada. She is also well known for her work as a graphic designer.