Kitchen Party: the art of intervention

KITCHEN PARTY: the art of intervention
Live performances, interventions, screenings and presentations
October 16 – 21, 2006
Gallery Hop with performance artists October 20, 7PM
SAINT JOHN, NB: Third Space Gallery presents a week-long performance art series that will focus on interventions into the public sphere, investigations of the body, and how culture shapes both. The traditional Kitchen Party has deep roots in both anglophone and francophone cultures as a place of gathering, sharing and creation. In the context of contemporary art, Third Space Gallery is inviting a number of francophone and anglophone performance artists together to share ideas and workshop new work. Invited artists include: musical duo Geneviève et Matthieu of Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, performance art troupe Women With Kitchen Appliances of Montréal, Québec, Jason St. Laurent of Ottawa, Ontario, Mathieu Léger of Moncton, NB, Jesse McKee of Saint John, currently studying in Ottawa, ON and local syntho-pop musician Gary Flanagan. A catalogue essay of the event will be written by Galerie SAW artistic director Stefan St. Laurent.
IN THE GALLERY AND UPTOWN: Monday, October 16 at 8pm, Introduction to performance art with Third Space Artistic Director Chris Lloyd and screenings of performance-related videos. Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 and 19 from 5:30pm: Presentations, performances, and discussions with invited artists. Throughout the week: Third Space Gallery will be transformed into a public-access, interactive studio as artists make work. Stay tuned for impromptu performances Uptown. For example, in a continuation of his Camouflage series, Jason St. Laurent will attempt to incorporate himself into the 1972 Claude Roussell sculpture Progression that sits atop City Hall. Documentation of artist actions will be presented in the gallery.
OCTOBER 20, GALLERY HOP AND LE FAUBOURG: Beginning at 7pm Third Space Gallery will host Jesse McKee as he tests bodily limits and boundaries in a performance titled Tache, while outdoors Mathieu Léger will investigate linkages between power, poverty and loyalty through subtle street actions. At 9pm Geneviève et Matthieu take to the stage at Le Faubourg at 115 Prince William Street , to commence an evening of music and art. Women With Kitchen Appliances will follow, taking the audience on a fascinating aural journey of commonplace kitchen appliances. Completing the evening will be local celebrity Gary Flanagan with his unique brand of syntho-pop.
LOCATION TBA: On Saturday, October 21 the Montréal-based group Women With Kitchen Appliances will perform a sound certification on a local kitchen. If you would like to have your kitchen certified and host this public event in your kitchen, or would like to lend kitchen appliances for the performance, please contact Third Space Gallery at 644-9670 or email info@thirdspacegallery.ca.
KITCHEN PARTY: The art of intervention received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the recently announced Saint John Community Art Program. Sponsors include the Telegraph Journal, Punch Productions, Picaroons Brewery, T4G, Le Faubourg and l’ARCf, and Chipman Hill Suites.
The only artist-run centre for contemporary art in Saint John, Third Space Gallery is an interdisciplinary exhibition, performance and production space committed to representing local, regional and national professional contemporary artists. Admission to the gallery is free.
KITCHEN PARTY: the art of intervention
Curator: Chris Lloyd
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Jason St-Laurent was born in Moncton, NB and is an artist and curator based in Ottawa. He studied fine arts at the Université de Moncton and the University of Toronto. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, South Africa and Finland, notably at the Western Front in Vancouver, VertexList in New York City, the South African National Gallery Annex and MUU MediaBase in Helsinki. As a curator, he has presented more than 50 projects in Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Finland and Estonia.
Stefan St-Laurent was born in Moncton, NB and currently works as the co-artistic director of Galerie SAW Gallery in Ottawa. His performance, photography and video have been exhibited in France, Sweden, Russia and China, among numerous other counties. His curatorial projects have been exhibited at venues such as the Lux Centre (London), Les rencontres internationals Vidéo Art Plastique (Hirouville, France), and the Cinémathèque Québécois (Montreal). He has been a programmer for the Images Festival of Independent Film & Video (Toronto), V tape (Toronto), and the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton).
Geneviève et Matthieu (Geneviève Crépeau and Matthieu Dumont) are a musical duo from Rouyn-Noranda, QC. Formed in 1999 this romantic duo take an interdiscipinary and humorous approach to performance, the vidual arts, installations, poetry and music. In 2001 They launched their first self-produced album of music titled Mélodies. Furthering their musical quest the duo released their second self-produced disc Crions notre joie in 2003. An explosive force to be reckoned with, Geneviève et Matthieu are a personification of visual and musical improvisation
Women With Kitchen Appliances (WWKA) are three, four or five or six. Identical. Interchangeable. Disposable. And dead serious. We are a rock band, a sound project, a cabaret act, a synchronized rubber glove routine, a BBQ chicken washing machine, a confectionary flour Christmas jingle and Kitchen certification service. Since their formation in 1999 more than fifteen individual artists have performed as WWKA in lofts, kitchens, galleries, storefronts, in festivals and thrift shops throughout Québec, Ontario, New York and Belgium.
Mathieu Léger received a BA Multidisciplinary (Fine Arts / Literature) from the Université de Moncton in 1998. He has exhibited his sculptural, photographic, print-based and perfromantive works in solo and group exhibitions throughout New Brunswick, Québec and France. He has participated in residencies in Newfoundland, France and Banff, Alberta and most recently the 24th symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-St-Paul, Québec.
Jesse McKee is from Saint John and is currently studying fine arts and theatre at the University of Ottawa. He has participated in visual art and fashion exhibitions and most recently curated and participated in the performance art event Personaes sponsored by Gallery 101 and the University of Ottawa.
Gary Flanagan hails from Saint John and has just released his fifth album, “Rhapsody In Black”, his most mature and poetic offering to date. He has extensive experience in film and theatre, which provide a strong influence on his lively and animated performances. He has performed throughout eastern Canada, and has opened for the likes of Buck 65, Lederhosen Lucil and BJ Snowden. He has performed at the Pop Montreal Music Festival, The Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve and several other events. His songs have appeared on compilations alongside such acts as Ladytron, Miss Kitten, Berlin, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and others. He is currently completing his BA in French at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John.