Shelley Niro presents recent works including the video works Tree and Recharging Reconnecting Getting Going and a new photographic installation. Sculptors Harry and Rosemary Mountain explore movement and time through a variety of media, from mud to bronze.
Shelley Niro - almost fallen
In this solo exhibition, Shelley Niro presents recent works including the video works Tree and Recharging Reconnecting Getting Going, and the premier of a new photographic installation La Pieta. Tree pays homage to “Keep America Beautiful,” a North American television campaign in the early 70’s. In it, Iron Eyes Cody appears as the stereotypical Indian looking around the environment to see that the landscape is no longer being cared for and that there is little respect for it. He cries one big tear. Even though Iron Eyed isn’t, in fact, Native, and the campaign plays on the “stoic representation” of Native Americans, Niro still feels it is a representation we can look at as a role model and that caring for Mother Earth should be our biggest concern at the moment.
Recharging, Reconnecting Getting Going is a two-minute video piece bringing statements of assertiveness, curiosity, and nationhood to the small screen. It’s a humorous attempt to balance life’s trials and tribulations. It is choreographed and performed by Santee Smith, a Mohawk from Six Nations, and was filmed and edited by Roger Duck featuring music by Rick Lazar. In Michaelangelo’s original La Pieta, the mother holds her dead son. Even for those not familiar with art history, the sculpture evokes a feeling of sympathy for the woman as she lovingly cradles the man. It is here that Niro associates the image with the contemporary world view of war from a woman’s perspective. Michaelangelo’s La Pieta may be a religious notion, but it is one of universal of grief. In Niro’s La Pieta, she has juxtaposed the landscape with a young man’s chest. Playing between the landscape - showing infinite beauty – and the young man’s chest - showing physical beauty - the two beauties then become expendable resources. [S.N.]
Rosemary et Harry Mountain - The Crib in the Playroom
The Interactive Multimedia Playroom is an ongoing research project designed to deepen our understanding of how we listen to and express our thoughts about sound in artistic contexts. The fact that we currently have very poor means for discussing these issues impacts many areas, including the collaborative process among artists. To maximize the project’s potential, we have designed it with multiple options for exploration—hence the concept of Playroom. Because the research is still in its infancy and we are just now learning how to speak about sound, we are referring to this stage as The Crib. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to associate diverse sounds and images, and to “sort” clips into various categories, thereby contributing to the research. [R.&H.M.]
Image: Shelley Niro, almost fallen
Opening 14 april 2007
4001, rue Berri - Montréal