Saturday, April 29, 2017

ART ESPRIT FOUND POETRY

Our sandwich board has seen many layers. Recently this occurred and we quite like it.  It'll probably stick around for a while.


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

PARIS / BEAT / CODEX Collages by Claude Pelieu & Mary Beach

Claude Pelieu & Mary Beach

photo by Gerard Malanga























PARIS/BEAT/CODEX

Du 19 au 30 Avril 2017
Monastiraki, 5478 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Qc

Vernissage : samedi le 22 avril, de 14 à 18 heures, ouvert du mercredi au dimanche, de midi à 18 heures.
Commissaires : Byron Coley, Lili Dwight, Ted Lee.


Claude Pélieu (1934-2002)  et Mary Beach (1919-2006) ont formé un drôle de couple.  Claude, à ses débuts, était un écrivain proche des lettristes et un artiste indépendant avec un goût marqué pour la picouse. Mary était une veuve américaine expatriée aux manières sobres qui venait d'une grande famille de Nouvelle-Angleterre. Malgré ces différences leur relation, commencée à Paris au début des annés 60, allait durer toute une vie et produire des  montagnes souterraines d'importantes œuvres littéraires et visuelles.
Après avoir quitté Paris, le couple s'est d'abord installé à San Francisco où ils ont entrepris la traduction des œuvres de leurs amis beats William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg et Bob Kaufman. Le premier livre de Claude, Automatic Pilot était une coédition de City Lights et des Fuck You Press de Ed Sanders. Ils ont aussi démarré leur propre maison d'édition Beach Books où ils ont publié de nouveaux textes de Burroughs, Ginsberg et autres. 
Plus tard, ils ont vécu au Chelsea Hotel de New York où ils se sont liés d'amitié avec des renégats tels Harry Smith et Leonard Cohen. Claude pendant ce temps a continué à écrire et à créer des collages. Mary, qui s'était d'abord concentrée sur la peinture, 
s'est aussi mise à l'écriture pour donner naissance à son incroyable Electric Banana. Au fil des ans, elle s'est aussi tournée vers le collage.
Les œuvres de cette exposition ont été créées autour de la fin des années 90 et le début du millénaire à leur studio/maison de Norwich, NY. Les collages de Claude proviennent d'une série consacrée à Hieronymous Bosch. Ils nous semblent une brillante prolongation 
de l'impulstion surréaliste et nous sommes très fiers de pouvoir les présenter ici. Remerciements à Pamela Beach-Plymell.


PARIS / BEAT / CODEX

Collages by Claude Pelieu & Mary Beach

Curated by Byron Coley


April 19-30, 2017 at Monastiraki, 5478 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal QC; http://monastiraki.blogspot.com
(reception Saturday April 22, 2-6 PM; viewing hours Weds-Sun 12-8)

Claude Pelieu (1934-2002) and Mary Beach (1919-2006) were an unlikely couple. Claude was a Lettrist-associated writer and artist with a polemical bent and a taste for the needle. Mary was an expatriate American widow with patrician New England roots and a sober demeanor. Yet, they began a partnership in early '60s Paris that would last the rest of their lives, and result in subterranean mountains of important work, both literary and visual. 
Leaving Paris, the pair first moved to San Francisco, where they lived while translating many important Beat works into French for a circle of friends including William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Bob Kaufman. Claude's first book, Automatic Pilot, was also published at this time as a joint project of City Lights & Ed Sander's Fuck You Press. They also ran their own imprint, Beach Books, which published new work by Burroughs, Ginsberg, Jeff Nuttal and others. Living at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC, they became friends with such reprobates as Leonard Cohen and Harry Smith. Claude continued writing and doing collages all through this period. Mary, whose work was entirely focused on painting prior to this, also began writing, which resulted in the amazing Electric Banana. As the years went by she also turned her attention to collage. 
The works in this show were done early in the late '90s and early '00s at their home/studio in Norwich, NY. Claude's are from a series based on on the work of Heronymous Bosch. We think you'll agree, they represent a brilliant extension of the Surrealist impulse. And we're very pleased to be allowed to present them. Much thanks to Pamela Beach-Plymell.
The Beach/Pelieu Art Collection: www.beachpelieuart.com






Thursday, March 30, 2017

Curiosities: past print future











Curiosities: past print future

Vernissage: Thursday April 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

The show runs from Wednesday April 5 - Sunday April 9

Curiosities: Past Print Future is a site-responsive group show of Concordia Print Media screenprinting students. In responding to the space of Monastiraki, the exhibit showcases works that have been inspired by aspects or objects found within the gallery / curiosity shop. With screenprint as the main technique unifying the projects, the works include two-dimensional prints, artists’ books, three-dimensional and intervention-based works. These works are integrated into the existing space, dispersed among the found objects and art pieces that are currently installed in the space. As the curiosity shop / art space is a selected collection of artwork and objects, arranged in a state of organized “clutter” that reflect shop owners and artists, Billy Mavreas and Emilie O’Brien’s aesthetic and personal preferences, the group, in a sense, will be collaborating with Billy and Emilie by responding to their already rich material conversation. Through their production, the students are responding to themes of history, the future and altering perceptions of space, time and expectation. As students reference and integrate fragments of visual culture found from the non-traditional gallery space of Monastiraki, hierarchical assumptions about types of art and how they are interacted with will be subverted and overturned. What is viewed as art or artifact will be brought into question. 

Participants:
Olivia Boda
Véronique Dion
Maeve Doyle
Cariston Fawcett
Sarah Cloutier-Boulay
Stéphanie Laporte
Alexey Lazarev
Amanda Manson
Gabrielle Mulholland
Marzi Rahmani
Morag Rahn-Campbell
Theran Sativa
Yamina Sekhri
Pattie Weston

Friday, January 06, 2017

Merci Le Devoir !


We received a great morning gift today !
Isabelle Paré wrote a lovely piece on our shop, even calling me a poem on two legs ! Ha!
Link below !
photo par Annik MH de Carufel


















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