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Julien Prévieux, Patterns of Life, production still, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris.

The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost)
Julien Prévieux

January 18–March 4, 2017
Opening Reception & Performance: Wednesday, January 18, 5–8pm

Curated by Christine Shaw

Work, management, economics, politics, control systems, state-of-the-art technologies, and the culture industry are the many “worlds” that Prix Marcel Duchamp winning artist Julien Prévieux’s activities interrogate. The methods of recording movement and gesture developed over the last century and a half led to aesthetic results that recall the formal explorations of modernist art. Playing on this resemblance, Julien Prévieux transforms these records—originally produced for the sake of productivity, profit or surveillance—into pure form. Using map-making, dance, theatre, sculpture, video, and drawing, his work appropriates the vocabulary, mechanisms, and modus operandi of the sectors by which it is informed to highlight their dogmas and excesses. In this solo exhibition presented across both galleries, Prévieux explores each mechanism’s potential for play, creativity, productivity, and counter-productivity.

In the Blackwood Gallery, The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost) brings together four projects: Patterns of Life (2015), which explores the history of the technological capture of human movement from George Demenÿ’s chronophotography to the “activity-based intelligence” generated by the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; What Shall We Do Next? (2014), a video work on patented and copyrighted gestures such as Apple’s “slide-to unlock” movement; Drawing Workshop – B.A.C. of 14th district of Paris (2011–2015), drawings of crime maps made by Paris police officers; and Forget the Money (2011 & 2017), an installation centered around Bernie Madoff’s personal library with their premonitory titles.

The Elements of Influence (Modulation) (2017) translates these four works by tracking the eye-movements of viewers and reproducing them in wool on the walls of the e|gallery as an echo or ghostly trace. The exhibition in the Blackwood is therefore also visible in the e|gallery as a translation or transformation made by the vision of the local community at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

For more details on this exhibition and upcoming programming, visit our website.

Wednesday, January 18, 5–8pm
A FREE shuttle bus will depart from Jackman Humanities Institute (170 St. George Street) at 5:30pm and return for 8:30pm.

Performances of What Shall We Do Next? 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Innovation Complex Rotunda (next to the Blackwood Gallery)
Featuring Allie Hankins, Syreeta Hector, Bee Pallomina, and Kaitlin Standeven

Realizing that technology serves as a purveyor of prescriptive behavior that is increasingly a matter of private property, Julien Prévieux combines patented gestures such as the “pinch and swipe”, Hollywood sci-fi interface gestures such as Johnny Mnemonic’s “swipe to activate,” and the history of the copyright dispute over Martha Graham's choreography into a meta-dance performance that questions technology’s use-function by exploring the poetic potential of movement.

Sunday, February 5, 12–5pm
The tour starts at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto (15 King's College Circle) and then departs for Gallery TPW, Blackwood Gallery, and Oakville Galleries. To RSVP: email or call 905-828-3789 by Friday, February 3 at 5pm.

Sunday, February 26, 12–5pm
The tour starts at Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) and then departs for Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, and Doris McCarthy Gallery. To RSVP: email or call 416-287-7007 by Friday, February 24 at 5pm.

Julien Prévieux has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou (Paris), RISD Museum (Providence), FRAC Basse-Normandie (Caen), Synagogue de Delme Art Center, Domaine de Kerguennec Art Center (Bignan), among others, and was included in the 10th International Istanbul Biennale and the 2015 Lyon Biennale. His work has been included in group exhibitions at DiverseWorks (Houston), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Witte de With (Rotterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santa Barbara), and Kunstverein Hannover. Prévieux received the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2014 and is represented by Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris.

The artist would like to thank Daniel Lebard and Galerie Jousse Entreprise.

The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost) is supported by the Consulate General of France in Toronto, the Institut français, the Department of English and Drama (UTM), and the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts.

The Blackwood Gallery’s 2016–2017 exhibition and program season is sponsored by the University of Toronto Affinity Partners Manulife, MBNA and TD Insurance.



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