May 2009 Archive

Notes Toward an Exhibition / Palissades #2 / Juste à côté de L.A. : CalArts Video, 2005-2007

May 10th, 2009

Notes Toward an Exhibition
Audrey Chan

galerie de l’école régionale des beaux-arts de Nantes
(Gallery of the Nantes School of Art, France)

Opening reception: Tuesday May 12, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition dates: May 13-27, 2009
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.
Special open hours during L’Art prend l’Air, Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17, 2-7 p.m.

During her residency at l’école des beaux-arts de Nantes (Nantes School of Art), Audrey Chan has occupied the roles of artist, researcher, teacher, guest, and American foreigner. Her research into the relationship between art, society, and politics in France has been shaped by months of dialogue and immersion in the city of Nantes. This exhibition concerns two related themes: the politics of representation and the representation of politics in art.

“Notes Toward an Exhibition” features an installation of hand-drawn posters (affiches), made in collaboration with students (Mélanie Dautreppe-Liermann, Nina De Angelis, Benjamin James Marteau, and Martina Öttl) from l’école des beaux-arts de Nantes that employ language and the process of automatic writing to articulate the boundaries and conventions of political expression. The exhibition invitation card and an installation of the official portrait of President Nicolas Sarkozy consider questions regarding the ownership of a public image. The exhibition also features a video interview about the relationship between art and law with philosopher and lawyer, Bernard Edelman, specialist in authors’ rights, the rights of personality, and the rights of the press.

Chan’s artistic practice developed during the two presidential terms of George W. Bush (2000-2008). During this time, she has addressed subjects that impact our daily experience of citizenship and power through social commentary, video, writing, performance, pedagogy, and appropriation. Her manner of working employs art as a means of social engagement and participation in civic life.

Audrey Chan’s residency is part of the Pensées Archipeliques (Archipelic Thinking) research project initiated by art historian Emmanuelle Chérel.

Download a PDF (6.9 MB) of the press release in French and English.


Palissades #2 : Audrey Chan

Opening, Wednesday May 13, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Parvis de Onyx, St-Herblain/Atlantis
1 place Océane, Zone Atlantis, 44800 St-Herblain, France
02 28 25 25 00
tram ligne 1, direction F. Mitterrand, arrêt Schoelcher
périphérique ouest, sortie 33 porte d’Armor, Atlantis

Onyx, the cultural center of St-Herblain, was designed in 1988 by architect Myrto Vitart for Jean Nouvel & Associates and is located at the heart of the Atlantis shopping center. Les palissades d’affichage (the poster fences) were installed in December 2008 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Onyx. It is a continuation of previous projects by graphic designer Nicolas Gautron, interfacing between cultural structures and their surrounding environments. Each month, an artist is invited to investigate this surface and to conceive and install ephemeral posters at this site. The posters will be subject to the weather and reactions of passersby and will be posted over after 15 days of exposure.

Project initiated by graphic designer, Nicolas Gautron, and artist, Marie-Pierre Duquoc.

Juste à côté de L.A.: CalArts Video, 2005-2007

Contrechamp, Monday May 25, 2009 at 9:00 p.m.
Le Cinématographe, 12 bis rue des Carmélites, Nantes, France

The Contrechamp series presents a carte blanche to Audrey Chan, American artist and writer, currently in residence at l’école régionale des beaux-arts de Nantes (Nantes School of Art). As a parallel program to her exhibition at the school’s gallery, “Notes Toward an Exhibition”, she is presenting a program of videos made by young artists who studied at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where video is employed as a fluid medium that engages with such practices as performance, painting, sculpture, writing, socio-political critique, and racial and gender deconstruction. Program duration: ~60 minutes + discussion with the artist.

CamLab (Anna Mayer & Jemima Wyman), Critical Field Craft: Apex Cryptophores, 2007
Audrey Chan, Untitled: Soliloquy in Blue, 2005
Bianca D’Amico, Moneyshot, 2006
Trulee Hall, For Snowball, 2005
John Hogan, Give Thanks, 2004/5
Elana Mann, Embroid, Embroil, 2007
Emery C. Martin, Death, Destruction, and the Weather Coming Up Next, 2006
Theresa Masangkay, May Your Days Be, 2007; Untitled: Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn, 2007
Akosua Adoma Owusu, Revealing Roots, 2007/8

Contrechamp is a monthly program dedicated to art, film, and video, organized by artists Patrick Bernier, Christine Laquet, Olive Martin, and Stéphane Pauvret.