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TREE HOUSE
AMMA • Jacques Bilodeau • Michael Carroll • Rachel Echenberg / Sébastien Worsnip • Naomi London • Axel Morgenthaler • NIP Paysage • Michael Robinson
July 14 to September 10, 2006



All are invited to attend: Tree house as Utopia Symposium, September 7th, 2006 6:00 PM

TREE HOUSE brings together eight innovative tree house designs by nine Montreal artists, architects and landscape architects. The exhibition was inspired by the dramatic view onto Parc Mackenzie-King revealed through the large windows of the Gallery’s east wall.

The imaginative lure of a tree house extends from childhood memory to fantasy to ideas of home and dwelling. Guest curators Lesley Johnstone, Susannah Wesley and John Zeppetelli invited the participants to design imaginary tree houses, all of which are presented on tree branches standing and/or suspended in the gallery space. Through such works as an upholstered tree sculpture, a house built from light and another formed of conceptual modernist cubes, the exhibition presents an opportunity to explore the cultural iconography of the tree house as an imaginative space as well as a philosophical and conceptual object.


VERNISSAGE
Thursday, July 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, preceded by a tour with the artists and curators at 6:00 pm.

A number of special summer programs will run concurrently with the exhibition:

Teen workshops
Taught by artist, Rachel Echenberg
July 3 – July 13
During the six-day workshop, teens will make two projects: a 3D model of a tree house built into a houseplant and a 2D fantastical Photoshop collage of a tree house.
Teen Tree House Workshops culminate in an exhibition at the Saidye Bronfman Centre’s Espace Trois gallery on July 13th to coincide with the show opening.
Contact: (514) 739-2301 Ext. 339

Architecture walking tours:
Saturdays: August 5 and l9th 2:00 pm
Internationally celebrated Montreal architects, Jacques Bilodeau and Michael Carroll, offer intimate tours of some of their best-known projects.
Limited places; please reserve: (514) 739-2301 Ext. 339

Symposium: Tree House as Utopia
Thursday, September 7, 6:00 pm The exhibition offers a context and opportunity to consider alternative architecture and utopian typologies. With Cynthia Hammond , Johanne Sloan, Ricardo L. Castro et Roberto Zancan.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Amélie Germain and Marie Andrée Huard founded AMMA architecture de paysage after collaborating on several student projects at the Université de Montréal. Their participation in the 2005 International Garden Festival at the Reford Gardens/Jardins de Métis was the first work created under the name AMMA.

Jacques Bilodeau was born in 1951 in Garthby, Quebec, and although he studied design, he considers himself self-taught. Working on the fringes of art, architecture and design, he began earning a reputation in the early 1980s with personal large-scale residential projects.

www.jacquesbilodeau.com

Michael Carroll, MRAIC, is a designer, an independent architectural researcher and a founding partner of atelier BUILD, whose work consists of several urban infill projects sited on interstitial sites in Montreal. In 2004 atelier BUILD received the Canada Council's Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture.

www.build-inc.com

Rachel Echenberg is a multidisciplinary artist whose performances, videos and installations have been exhibited, presented and screened nationally and internationally since 1992. Sébastien Worsnip’s paintings have been exhibited and collected in Canada and Europe. Since 1990 he has worked as a sculptor and model-maker for art projects, films and television. Echenberg and Worsnip live in Montreal and collaborate on various projects.

Naomi London works in various media with a focus on sculpture/installation, drawing, and building odds and ends. Her interests include the psychology of optimism, play and happiness. Recent exhibitions include Sweets, hope, and the passage of time (Musée d’art de Joliette, touring to the Koffler Gallery and Art Gallery of Calgary later this year).

Lighting designer, lighting sculptor and multimedia artist Axel Morgenthaler is recognized as one of Quebec’s most innovative visual designers. Using light as his raw material and video and multimedia as supporting elements, he explores new concepts for stage projects, visual art and architecture.

www.axelmorgenthaler.com

Founded in 2001, NIPpaysage comprises five professional landscape architects who specialize in planning and designing a wide range of landscape projects, from small gardens to large master plans. Their projects include the entrance to the École nationale de cirque, a playground in Benny Park in NDG, the urban scenography for the 2006 Just for Laughs Festival.

www.nippaysage.ca

Born in 1965, Michael A. Robinson holds a Maîtrise d’arts plastiques from the Université de Paris I/Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Concordia University. Solo exhibitions include shows at Galerie Optica (Montreal, 1998), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (Montreal, 2004), and upcoming in 2006, CIRCA in Montreal and the Biennale Nationale de sculpture contemporaine in Trois-Rivières.

www.pfoac.com/artists/mr-inventory-english.htm