(non) production

18/08 - 18/08 2012

Galerie Thomas Henry Ross art contemporain at Galerie B-312, 

372 Saint-Catherine West, Space 403, Montreal, Quebec


Imagen de la actividad

A conversation about production in contemporary art between Marthe Carrier,  director of B-312 (Montreal, Québec), Maria Mur Dean director of consonni (Bilbao, Spain) and Jean-Michel Ross director of Galerie Thomas Henry Ross art contemporain (Montréal, Québec). 

Founded in New York in 2011, for its inaugural pop-up exhibition in Montreal, Galerie Thomas Henry Ross art contemporain presents the works of three artists and a collective that provoke reflection on the role that context plays in the production of contemporary art. If several art sociologists, since Marcel Duchamp, are now arguing that it is the institutional spaces (gallery, museum, foundation, etc...) which place the object in the position of the artwork, instead we will affirm that it is the artists who, with full awareness of the power dynamics, incorporate these sites within their conceptual concerns which relate directly to the aesthetic and formal concerns of their work.

The exhibition Galerie Thomas Henry Ross art contemporain will address these issues of context and reflect on what is specific to impermanent spaces, such as pop-up platforms, through artworks that question, incorporate, and manipulate public and mediated spaces. The exhibition offers works made at the intersection of art as an autonomous activity. Starting from the point of view that the exhibition context always feeds to certain degrees both the artworks and the curatorial discourse, we will find in this exploratory initiative diverse approaches that are particular to the mandate of the parasitized gallery. The use of Galerie B-312 a not-for-profit artist-run centre, while closed for the summer, will promote questioning with respect to the possibilities for a commercial gallery to act as a platform for experimentation and research. Through juxtaposition and dialogue between the two entities we hope it will be possible to further our knowledge of these structures and their impact on the reception, but also on the production of the works they present. Although this proposal is being initiated by a commercial space, not all the works presented will be available for sale. The works will be exhibited for their reflexive value rather than for their strict mercantile value.


The artists in this exhibition are Itziar Barrio (born in Bilbao, Spain, lives and works in New York), Sarah Greig (lives and works in Montréal), Kim Waldron (born in Montréal, lives and works in Montréal) and Group Material (founded in New York from 1979 to 1996)




Thomas Henry Ross