The Loud Object Readings and Becoming Unreal performed by Xuan Ye

Saturday, February 23rd, 5:00-7:00pm

To celebrate the closing of Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau’s exhibition What Do Stones Smell Like in the Forest? at Gallery TPW, join us for an evening reading session featuring three artists/writers sharing new written work from within the environment of Lum and Desranleau’s installation. Readings by Catherine Telford Keogh, Alize Zorlutuna, and Chloë Lum will engage in the messy, vibrant relationships between bodies and things; moments when objects speak back to us.

The evening will also feature a performance of Becoming Unreal by Lum and Desranleau. The duo’s gestural and vocal score is interpreted by Toronto-based artist Xuan Ye, producing a duet between a performing body and the objects that support its gestures and weight.

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Catherine Telford Keogh works in sculpture and video. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Bronx Museum, NYC; Vox Populi, Pennsylvania; Greenpoint Film Festival,Brooklyn, NYC; and has mounted solo exhibitions at Roberta Pelan, Toronto; and Evans Contemporary, Peterborough. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art and an MA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Yale University, and completed her BA in Fine Arts and Women Studies at the University of Waterloo. She lives and works in Toronto.

Alize Zorlutuna is an artist, poet, experimental cook, curator, intersectional feminist, committed pedagogue, and life-long learner. Working across disciplines, she investigates issues concerning identity and power, settler-colonial relationships to land, culture and colonial violence, as well as intimacy with the non-human, and technology. Her practice is informed by a critical engagement with historical narratives and their present-day impacts. Drawing on archival, as well as practice-based research, the body and its sensorial capacities are central to her approach.

She has presented her work in galleries and artist-run centers across Turtle Island, including: Plug In ICA, Doris McCarthy Gallery, InterAccess, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Satellite Gallery, Audain Art Museum, Access Gallery, and Toronto Free Gallery, as well as internationally at The New School: Parsons (NY), Mind Art core (Chicago) and Club Cultural Matienzo (Argentina). She received her MFA from Simon Fraser University and her BFA from OCAD University. Alize has curated a number of exhibitions, most notably Restless Precinct (2014), a site-specific exhibition at Guildwood Park in Scarborough ON, in collaboration with Orev Katz, a.k.a. Radiodress. Her curatorial approach seeks to highlight voices and perspectives that storytell edges, in-betweens, and possible futures.

She has been a sessional instructor at OCAD University since 2015, where she teaches a variety of courses in both the Sculpture/Installation and Integrated Media departments. She is currently the Curator in Residence at Humber Galleries.

Xuan Ye is the prototype of many objects, one of which is X’s interdisciplinary research-creations take shape as multimedia installations and (sonic/somatic) performances, vacillating within the spectrum of the habitual, the unusual, the perpetual, and the ephemeral.

Featured in ArtAsiaPacific’s New Currents, X is a finalist of EQ Bank Digital Artists Award and a recipient of SSHRC scholarship. X has had works featured, exhibited and commissioned internationally, including InterAccess (CA), Inside-out Art Museum (CHN), Goethe-Institut (Beijing & Montreal), KUNSTFORUM International (GE), Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center (US), Trinity Square Video (CA), the Wrong Biennale (URL), Times Museum (CHN), Galleri CC (SE), among others.

Performer X is lauded as “one of Canada’s most exciting voices in textural soma” by OBEY Convention. X has made appearances at Music Gallery (CA), Goethe-Institut (CHN), Suoni Per Il Popolo (CA), OBEY Convention (CA), Kazoo! Fest (CA), Electric Eclectics Festival (CA), Downtown Music Gallery (US), 21C Festival in partnership w/ MOCCA (CA), Zoomin' Night (CHN), Le Festival Croisements (CHN), etc. X’s performances and releases have received accolades from Musicworks and Exclaim!

Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal, Canada. Their work focuses on theatricality and the choreographic; in their performance work but also in their interest in staging tableaus and working with ephemeral materials that can be said to perform through re-deployment and decay. The duo’s recent works investigate the agency of objects, the material condition of the body, and the transformative potential that bodies and objects exert upon each other. These interests are informed by Chloë’s experience with chronic illness and its effect on their collaboration as well the duo’s exploration of narrative tropes from literature, theatre and television.

They have exhibited widely, notably at Or Gallery, Vancouver; the Center for Books and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Kunsthalle Wien; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Whitechapel Project Space, London; the University of Texas, Austin; the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown; the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; and the Darling Foundry, Montreal. Lum and Desranleau are also known on the international music scene as co-founders of the avant-rock group AIDS Wolf, for whom they also produced award-winning concert posters under the name Séripop. Their work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

In 2016, Desranleau was awarded the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, and in 2015, the duo was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award.