8 - 21 Mars 2014

Curator: Claude GOSSELIN
General and Artistic Director-Curator
Montreal International Center for Contemporary Art (CIAC)

Times Art Museum, Beijing

The Montreal international center for contemporary art (www.ciac.ca) is pleased to present Climates – Photographic Works, by the artist Jocelyne ALLOUCHERIE from March 8 to March 21, 2014 at the Times Art Museum in Beijing. The exhibition will reunite various photographic works from “ The Devoniennes” and the “Climats III” series that explore, in a conceptual and poetic way, notions relative to nature and climate.

Alloucherie’s last piece of art “The Devoniennes” reveals the dark and powerful Canadian cliffs bordering the Atlantic Ocean as testimony of the Devonian period of the earth, 400 millions years ago. According to the artist those cliffs seemed “to support the weight of the sky and to sink deep roots, through their shadow, to the heart of the Earth’s history. Strange caryatids whose secrets crumble away slowly.”

Climates III” is a series of seven photographs extracted from Climates created from 2007 to 2012. Those composite pictures are made of photographs, sand drawings and scannophotographs that remind us of Chinese paintings. They explore shadows and light in representing tempestuous storms and nature strength. These close-ups referrer to a space between “the immediacy of the sensitive experience and the memory of somewhere else”.

Whereas Alloucherie’s work is anchored in the Canadian landscape, it’s also reveal some affinities with Chinese culture through the use “of ambiguity as a quality rather than as a shortcoming” which allows her to move eccentrically between disciplines and mediums. Moreover, her work is built on “the counterpoints of antinomic values such as the ephemeral and permanent, familiar and unknown, presence and absence, appropriation and divestment” which are always deeply imbedded in Chinese culture.

For all these reasons, Jocelyne Alloucherie’s pieces of art are like open-windows on a chiaroscuro reality that reveal the image. Those windows produce a “presence feeling” toward fragmented appearance. Moreover, her photographs are linked with an anthropological fieldwork that aims to understand how the human eye conceives and perceives the climate and the earth’s landscape.

Climates – Photographic Works, the first exhibition of Jocelyne Alloucherie in China, sets the idea of navigating between different strata of reality underlining the close conjunction between the image and the location. Here, we are becoming totally present. The twelve pieces of art illustrate unique art technics and make us enter the internationally recognized artist’s dreamlike world.

The artist: Jocelyne Alloucherie

Jocelyne Alloucherie lives and works in Montreal. Through complex configurations, her work explores, in a conceptual and poetic way, notions relative to images, to objects and space. She has created a large number of installations that combine elements relying on sculptural, architectural and photographic concepts. Some permanent works, created for public spaces, demonstrate the same preoccupations. Jocelyne Alloucherie’s career has been celebrated with many prizes, most notably the Martin Lynch Stanton Award from the Canada Council, in 1989, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in 1997, the Louis Hébert Prize form the Société Saint Jean-Baptiste of Montreal in 1999, the Governer General Prize in Arts and Media Arts from the Canada Council in 2000, Paul-Émile Borduas Prize in 2002, and the Jean-Paul Riopelle Prize in 2007 from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

More information: http://jocelynealloucherie.com/iiix/home/

The curator: Claude Gosselin

Claude Gosselin founded the of the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1983 (CIAC). He has since been its general and artistic director and created the following events: Les Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1985 and  La Biennale de Montréal in 1998. Claude GOSSELIN has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Prix Reconnaissance de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (2009), the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts for Outstanding Contribution, (2005), the Prix Carrière from the Société des musées québécois (1999), the Personality of the week, La Presse (1987), the Prix Louis-Philippe-Hébert from the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal (1986). Claude GOSSELIN has been a member of the Order of Canada since 2006.

Le Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC)

Established in 1983, the CIAC is a non-profit organization, recognized by both the Canadian and Quebec governments. It is registered with Revenue Canada as a charitable organization (# 10089 0920 RR001) and can issue tax receipts for donations made for its educational activities.  As its mandate, CIAC disseminates contemporary art from Québec, Canada and abroad, by producing exhibitions of international caliber. On three different occasions, the CIAC was recognized for presenting the best visual arts exhibitions in Montréal by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (1985, 1992 and 2000).

More information: http://www.ciac.ca

The Times Art Museum, Beijing

Times Art Museum was founded in 2008 by art collector Mr. Wangyi. “Times art Museum” is an international professional institution which deals mostly with classic realism and contemporary art. One of the main initial targets of “Times Art Museum” is to support Chinese art in China and promote it internationally. The gallery program is not media-specific, and includes installations, sculptures, paintings, works on paper, photography, video, film, performance and digital art. Each year approximately 3-4 major exhibitions are organized, along with a number of smaller solo and group exhibitions. “Times Art Museum” emphasizes its support for the production of new and experimental work, helping to open new pathways for artistic development. Recently Museum starts to organize more and more international exhibitions.

Times Art Museum, Beijing
No. 6A, Rue Jianguomenwai, Building CITC, bloc D, 37Floor, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022
Hours : Tuesday-Sunday 9AM-5:30PM
T : 86 10 8567 9817

For further information and photos: info@ciac.ca ou claude.gosselin@ciac.ca

The exposition was made possible thanks to the funding’s of the Canadian Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and The Conseil des arts de Montréal. The Canadian Embassy in Beijing and Bloomage International Investment are also  supportive partners.