Artist News & Events
Galerie C.O.A is pleased to present the most recent addition to its stable of artists, Montreal artist Hélène Cenedese.
Born in 1973, Hélène Cenedese is a Montreal-based visual artist principally versed in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Her works are characterised by a visual language that is both poetic and visceral. Hélène Cenedese is an Honours graduate from Concordia University's Visual arts program and has established a career as a social worker over the past 20 years. Working mainly in Montreal's South West, she is brought to develop connections with individuals experiencing loss of independence. Their intimate spaces - their homes, daily lives, memories and life stories - make up her work environment. Cenedese has also worked in Nunavik, in the northernmost part of Quebec's Hudson Bay, between 2000 and 2003. Following this pivotal residence among the Inuits (Nunavimmiut), she chose to further explore, and develop her artistic practice.
To discover Cenedese's artworks and find out more about her practice, please visit the artist's page.
The Montreal-based artist provocatively bringing the power of the written word to the forefront in his reassembled Typewriter Gun sculptures.
“Each typewriter gun is specific to the original typewriter it sprang from,” Nado tells The Peak. “Colours are preserved and the results are uniquely different.” His works have gone down well with private collectors, and he has also been commissioned to reconstruct machines close to some clients’ hearts. But the series’ pertinence, he says, lies in more than a nostalgia trip. [...] the typewriter guns become some sort of social commentary about words being stronger than arms.”
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Today’s release of Éric Nado’s typewriter gun prints had been scheduled months ago. In light of last week’s tragic, catastrophic and devastating Las Vegas shooting, we hesitated to share this news. It initially seemed to be insensitive, and ill-advised. However, we chose to go on with the release. Éric Nado’s work is all about the futility of weapons and arms and ultimately, the power of thought, speech and communication: words. Currently, there is a resurgence of a heated debate: whether gun-use and possession should be restricted in the United States, as is the case in Canada, or Australia, for example. We believe Eric’s work is highly eloquent in this regard.
Galerie C.O.A is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition titled Pussylluminati, on display from September 7th to October 7th, 2017.
Street artist, vandal, activist, and masked speaker MissMe presents her first exhibition at Galerie C.O.A this September, kicking off the Montreal art gallery’s 2017-2018 programme.
In November of 2016, MissMe begins a relational artistic experiment inspired by her Pussylluminati project. She solicits participants for a female genitalia photo shoot and casts subjects of varying origins and contrasting life experiences. MissMe stages both artistic shots of pubes, and stripped portraits of vulvas, shot by emerging photographer Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev. The photo shoot becomes the setting for exchange, creativity, and experimentation. Although the photographs document the project, the participating women's testimonials - their words - are its articulating force. The Pussylluminati exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue, presents MissMe’s plastic interventions onto her project, in which she combines photography, painting, and collage.
The vernissage will take place at the gallery on Thursday, September 7th, from 5 PM to 9 PM, and the eponymous catalogue will be released on the same occasion.
***Please note that the exhibition displays content of a graphic anatomical nature which may not suit all audiences. That being said, children are most definitely welcome.
Five artists whose approaches address the concept of distortion have been brought together for this occasion. Anti+reflet is a group show which sets forth the diverse ways in which matter - such as plaster, upholstery, and photography - and the object’s function - statuette, bust, furniture or portrait - can be delved into. Despite their various processes, these artists reveal their pursuit of unexplored paths to clear, and their quest for new channels leading to both the familiar and the unknown. Anti+reflet, or anti-reflective, bears this name because these works of art cast a light on areas different from custom, convention, or popular belief. Instead of reflecting, they cannibalise the codes which they draw from, in search of alternatives.
The vernissage will be held Thursday, June 22nd, as of 5 PM.
Galerie C.O.A is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition titled Copy/Paste/Erase, which will be on display from May 11th to June 10th, 2017. This collective exhibition sets forth multiple overlapping perspectives on creating visual arts in the Post-Internet era.
9 emerging and established artists, both local and international, have been brought together for this event: Jérémiedb, Zoltan Veevaete (Canada), Nick Flatt & Paul Punk (Germany), David Rosado (Portugal), Mic Linder (Sweden), Joe Suzuki, Charles Clary, and Mauro C. Martinez (United States).
Quebec artist Olivier Martineau presents Open the Whale of Love, his first solo exhibition at the Galerie C.O.A (6405 St-Laurent Blvd.) from March 23rd to April 29th, 2017. Martineau roams the streets of Montreal and the highways of Quebec, gleaning abandoned objects that inspire him. Stray wheel caps, umbrellas, toboggans and other discarded articles feed the artist’s whimsy.
This Christmas season, discover recent artworks created by 9 artists represented by Galerie C.O.A, and a few pieces from our guest artists, Nicolas Nabonne and the Connery + Pigeon duo. On the occasion of this collective exhibition, we are pleased to present two of our newest recruits, MissMe and Patrick Forchild.
Please note that the gallery will be closed from the 24th of December to January 2nd, inclusively.
We wish you very Happy Holidays, and an excellent New Year !
The Galerie C.O.A Team
October 4th to November 19th, 2016
With guest artists: Marie Saint-Pierre, Ruby Brown, Nils Fluck, Stéphane Cocke, and Lucie Laurier.
For the first time in eight years, Carlito Dalceggio will be presenting a solo show in Montreal, which he describes as being ''sensory''. It is the product of laboratory-like research creation of new myths, and a new ritual in which painting, sculpture, fashion design, scents, installations, music, poetry, voice, and light, coalesce.
June 14th to August 13th, 2016
Galerie C.O.A is hosting ACIDUM PROJECT’s very first exhibition in Canada. The collective was founded by artist duo Tereza and Robézio (aka AC/D1): Together, they create colourful frescoes, oft inspired by themes of humanity and knowledge. During their stay in Montreal, the duo will also leave their colourful mark on the local landscape through their collaboration with the 2016 edition of the MURAL festival. REMIX is the second part of this joint exhibition, featuring the works of 12 artists hailing from Belgium, Spain, Germany, the UK, the US, and Canada. Mixing different influences, objects or references, each artist uses different techniques and materials, skewing their original meaning to create new combinations of different systems, often borrowing from Art History.
The artists: [CA] Sandra Chevrier, Eric Godin, Éric Nado, [US] Tom Berenz, AM DeBrincat, Nicolas Holiber, Matthew Lapenta, [UK] Simon Shepherd, Dale VN Marshall, [BE] Strook, [ES] Isaac Cordal, [GE] Jaybo Monk
21st of April to June 4th, 2016
Quebec artist Alexandra Levasseur presents her new solo exhibition, Puzzle. Disconcerting, touching, surreal, and magnetic, the work of this artist explores the complex spectrum of human emotions, forever in motion. This movement refers to the transformations, and the shifting in emotions, locations, atmospheres, etc. Alexandra talks about her exhibition as a mind game which interrogates the origin of life and the utility - and destiny - of human consciousness. The collection of artworks conveys a poetic reflection, in the artist's attempt to illustrate the refinement of certain scientific theories. Levasseur shows us human beings, overwhelmed and in search of meaning; people who are emerging from, nature and water.
March 3rd to April 4th, 2016
''EYE candy'' brings together two artists of different origins whose work deals with the same subject matter; the millennial generation. Born in the era of computer science, portable electronics, and digital information, this generation cultivates a form of individualism and narcissism on a daily basis. Through their referential paintings, Zoltan Veevaete (Canada) and Alejandro Carpintero (Spain) borrow from different styles, from classicism to graffiti, to present us with a highly colourful and attractive plastic offering.
October 29th to November 28th, 2015
Spanish artist Isaac Cordal is currently in Montreal preparing his exhibition, ‘Urban Inertia’, which will be presented at Galerie C.O.A. Isaac Cordal made Montreal his playground by putting his resin figurines in various contexts throughout the city: cracks in the walls, on sidewalks, and puddles. His work is a profound reflection on the concept of progress, our ways of living, and how they affect our society.
September 17th to October 17th, 2015
17 artists, 1 size only (24" x 20")
[CA] Sandra Chevrier, Eric Godin, Alexandra Levasseur, Robert Mathieson, Spazuk, Zoltan Veevaete [US] Benjamin Cook, Max Kauffman, Kindah Khalidy, Will Kurtz, Jay Miriam, Russ Noto, Wendelin Wohlgemuth [ES] Roger Sanguino [NO] Line Osmundsen [IR/NO] Nina Ghafari [CO] Johan Barrios
When it comes to admiring artistic beauty, there is a widely acknowledged common ground. Definitions can only fade into the background and give way to the notion of perception. More than any other form, artistic beauty can leave its viewer at a loss for words. The artists taking part in this exhibit drew inspiration from the information overload we are subjected to on a daily basis. Beyond the state of contemplation brought on by these artworks, they cast a colourful reflection that is muted yet outlined, offering themselves to observation. Galerie C.O.A is also proud to announce their latest collaboration with Alexandra Levasseur and Zoltan Veevaete and to present their work, by way of this exhibit.
June 12th to August 13th, 2015
Come celebrate with us on the occasion of our first anniversary ! We will present exclusive artwork created by seven Quebec artists : Sandra Chevrier, Spazuk, Eric Godin, Éric Nado, Aiming for the Gut, Gawd, and Lino. The vernissage will open at 7 PM and the festivities will continue until midnight, under the musical supervision of DJ Bijou.
A warm thank you to our sponsors: London Calling Cider, The Botanist Gin, Cointreau, Rémy Martin, and Saint-Justin.
May 2nd to June 6th, 2015
Galerie C.O.A presents the artworks of twelve painters and sculptors : Adrian Landon Brooks, Antonio Samo, Damien Hoar de Galvan, Daniel Segrove, Eric Godin, Eric Haacht, Jonathan Casella, Lino, Mathieu Connery, Matthew Robertson, Michael Reader, and Mark Posey. From different backgrounds, each artist offers their own atypical vision, be it raw or distorted; their glance of the world. This exhibition also marks Eric Godin's official entry as a C.O.A - represented artist.
January 24th to February 7th, 2015
Since 2001, Steven Spazuk has developed and perfected a unique technique using soot and a candle flame as a paintbrush. With a variety of unusual tools, he "sculpts" the carbon deposits left on the paper to bring up the light. The resulting work is nothing short of remarkable. His most recent exhibition, "Convictions, and other interpretations", garnered international media attention. Articles about his work have been published in the United States, England, Italy, Spain and South America, among others.
December 4th, 2014 to January 17th, 2015
2014 is coming to a close, and the Galerie C.O.A will be hosting "PLAY", an exhibition of unusual artworks from international renown contemporary artists. Sandra Chevrier, Bast, Isaac Cordal, Crystal Wagner, and Shaw Huckins - along with 23 other artists - will be displaying their playful creations.
[CA] Aiming For The Gut, Alex Produkt, Cathy Bélanger, Eric Nado, Gawd, Jennifer Small, Labrona, Roadsworth, Sandra Chevrier, Spazuk [US] Caleb Hahne, Crystal Wagner, Essi Zimm, James Linkous, Megan Diddie
Peter Combe, Russ Noto, Sergio Garcia, Shawn Huckins, Steven Vasquez Lopez [UK] Eric Haacht [FR] Julie Sarloutte, Lenz [ES] Isaac Cordal [GE] Patrick Henne [NE] Collin Van Der Sluijs [CR] Lonac