Opening Friday, August 19 at 9:30 AM
Artist : Jonathan Plante with support from VOX
From August 19 to October 6, 2016
In la Galerie du CCFM
One-Eyed-Rabbit is different. He has only one eye and would like to jump into his rabbit hole without chipping his teeth… He meets a worm that has no eyes but can navigate through holes in the ground! Together they will discover the power of imagination and the inner workings of sight: a little with the eyes, a lot with the brain, always with the heart.
In a playful atmosphere and through the story of a friendly rabbit, Jonathan Plante invites the young and old to (re)discover the mysteries of visual perception in a variety of ways. The artist is offering an animated video, original paintings, a giant didactic book, and mirror anamorphoses that will stimulate the imagination of little ones and grown ups alike.
These unexpected and interactive aesthetic experiences notably address abstraction, art history and optical illusions. Through the various works, children are invited to discover the mechanisms of vision and the role it plays in the arts, while developping their imagination. Finally, a children’s book based on the exhibition will allow readers to revisit the story of One-Eyed-Rabbit for years to come (in French only).
One-Eyed-Rabbit is an exhibition designed and produced by VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, and presented by the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. The exhibition and accompanying book received the financial support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and the Ville de Montréal as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, as well as the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. The book was published in partnership with Les éditions du passage.
Biography : Jonathan Plante
Jonathan Plante (b. 1976) lives and works in Montreal, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Concordia University. He works mainly with multidisciplinary installations and studies questions of presence by exploring different image states as they transition from work to document. In 2008, he made a name for himself in Montreal at the 1st Quebec Triennale, organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2010 and 2011, his works were featured in two exhibitions: Palindrome at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides and Parallaxe at the Galerie Division. In 2012, he took part in the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul. The artist presented Lapincyclope for the first time in 2013 at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, then at the Musée d’art de Joliette. In 2014, he presented a solo exhibition at the Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. His works can be found in both private and public collections.
VOX was founded in 1985, and its mission is to support research and presentation initiatives as well enable artists, exhibition curators and other researchers to contribute to art experimentation, to reflection and to development of multiple forms of critical discourse around image-making and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present day.
Its main activity is exhibitions, most often complemented by publications, documentation spaces, film screenings, conferences and online projects. The exhibitions and other artistic events that the centre produces are grounded in long-term work with artists, and often designed as collective projects that encourage discussions and debates about art and contemporary society as well as public meetings with diverse audiences. www.centrevox.ca