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Art POP presents: Mur Mitoyen


Party Wall/Mur Mitoyen – Group Show
27 SEPT — 1 OCT, Espace Transmission, 5435 Av. des Érables, Montréal
Opening hours : 12H – 17H
With artworks by : Gabriel Asselin, Juliette Blouin, Frea Buckler, Renée Forest, Pascale LeBlanc Lavigne, Marion Paquette, Pénélope et Chloë, Julie Roch-Cuerrier, Studio Rat

About the curators

Clara Cousineau is an artist living and working in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Her work explores the domestic environment and the symbolic charge of familiar objects within it. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from Concordia University. Her work has been presented in several galleries and artist-run centres in Canada and Europe.

Alexis Cousineau is an artist living and working in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. His multidisciplinary work revolves around experimentation with the link between body and nature. Alexis holds a bachelor’s degree in photography from Concordia University and an attestation of collegial studies in professional diving. He has presented his work in several galleries in Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

For POP Montréal’s annual exhibition, artist-commissioner-siblings Alexis and Clara have joined forces with POP and Espace Transmission. Converted by the Cousineau family, the former automobile garage on the Plateau Mont-Royal now acts as a creation and dissemination venue for artists from Quebec and beyond. The Mur Mitoyen exhibition takes shape with a profound desire for collaboration.

In architecture, the party wall acts as a joint boundary between two properties. By definition, it has a dual function: it divides as well as unites, it limits as well as binds. Although the physical structure of Espace Transmission is built around four distinct walls of neighbouring buildings, the mission of the Cousineau family and Art POP is to establish a shared line of thinking, open to other places and other communities.

The works presented in the exhibition were conceived in parallel with the revitalization of the former garage. The curators therefore decided to take advantage of this period of change to generate a dialogue between the building’s construction and its future vocation as a creative space. In response to the building’s transformation process, the selected artists’ work lies at the crossroads between intimacy and architecture.

Whether rigid or flexible, full or empty, volumes are built, blown, erected, reflected, supported, traced and generate limits that are often respective, sometimes shared. The showroom becomes a place for exploring the link between self and others.
Check out the full exhibition program and vernissage event here!

Credit photo: Nik Macmillan

L.D.P.E. (Lovely, Dreamy, Plastic Experience) Quilt, by Studio Rat, 2022, 152 low density polyethylene plastic bags (LDPE) and reclaimed LDPE plastic sheeting, tape, air. 20’ x 20’