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Lisa Waite, Photographs & Claudine Ascher, Sculptures

February 2 to 28, 2006

ESPACE TROIS, Montreal, January 20, 2006 – Espace Trois is pleased to present the sculptures of Claudine Ascher together with the photographs of Lisa Waite depicting people in “Confined Spaces”. This is an exhibition of metro riders restrained by seats and metal poles, clothing mannequins framed within store windows and sculpted clay bodies trapped within their own experience.

These photographs and sculptures challenge our imagination and tempt us to construct stories about these people. The works are as much about fiction as documentary. There is a feeling of mystery. Who are these people? Why are they trapped and confined? What are they thinking?

Lisa Waite is showing thirty-five SX-70 Polaroid photographs from her series about mannequins in New York and Montreal storefront displays and sixteen colour prints enlarged to 16 x 20 inches of metro and bus riders in Winnipeg and Montreal. She graduated from the University of Manitoba, with a BFA thesis in Photography before coming to Montreal in 2002. The photographs chosen for this show present figures within the ambiguity of confined public transit, reflected glass, layering and mirrors. “The images concentrate on collision and repulsion and on the subversion of boundaries within public and private realms.” Lisa’s fascination with exploring public and private spaces in the urban environment through the lens of a camera continues. She has been teaching in the Youth Institute department for three years.

Claudine Ascher has selected a group of glazed clay sculptures that “explore the relationship between body and space, between reality and illusion and between what supports and what contains”. These sculptures show people trapped inside their own experience, with their own perceptions and misconceptions about life. After completing a BA in Fine Arts at Concordia University in 1983, she did a residency in Ceramics at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts from 1983 to 1985. For many years Claudine was active as a dancer and in theatre as a set designer and performer. In 2005, she obtained her MA in Art Education from Concordia University. Claudine has been teaching in the Drawing and Painting department for six years and is offering a new course in clay sculpture this year.

Vernissage: Thursday, February 2, 2006 from 5 to 8 pm
The artists will be present

Espace Trois is an exhibition space of the School of Fine Arts within the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts devoted to exhibiting work by artists who teach in the School of Fine Arts as well as the Advanced Atelier members.

Information: Doreen Lindsay, Coordinator of Exhibitions (514) 932-6688