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BGL: Spectacle + Problems

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BGL, Canadassimo, L’Atelier, 2017 (detail), salvaged wood, acrylic, tin cans, found objects. Collection of BGL. Photo: MNBAQ, Idra Labrie

Exhibition Dates: April 28 to August 26, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11 at 8:00 pm
Exhibition Tour with BGL: Saturday, May 12, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

BGL is an artist collective comprised of Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère, and Nicolas Laverdière. Coming together during art studies at Laval University in Quebec City in the 1990s, the trio quickly gained prominence both nationally and internationally. Their work includes objects made using found materials, immersive installations, and monumental public sculptures. In 2015, BGL represented Canada at the Venice Biennale, transforming the national pavilion into a combination dépanneur (corner variety store), artist studio, and gigantic plinko game.

Spectacle + Problems includes works that highlight different points across BGL’s existence. These range from Chapelle Mobile (Mobile Chapel, 1998), a massive wooden skeleton of a neo-Gothic chapel; to the artificial bonfire Spectacle + Problèmes (2011-18), for which the exhibition is named. The artists will modify Museum London’s architecture to heighten the visitors’ sense of discovery and to complement their installations, which include all-terrain vehicles, cars, and vertical blinds.

This exhibition includes loans from the National Gallery of Canada, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the artists, and prominent private collections. A bilingual publication documenting this exhibition is forthcoming this summer.


Kelly Jazvac: Lamina Stamina

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Kelly Jazvac, Battle of Leisure, 2013, metal, salvaged vinyl, adhesive, fasteners, lamp components. Collection of Museum London.

Exhibition Dates: May 5 to September 9, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11 at 8:00 pm
Exhibition Tour and Catalogue Launch with Kelly Jazvac: Sunday, August 12, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

For more than a decade, London artist (now Montreal-based) Kelly Jazvac has created innovative art from the vinyl offcuts and other refuse of commercial sign makers. Lamina Stamina brings together an array of her diverse, often experimental pieces, including the recent Museum London acquisition Battle of Leisure (2013)—shown here for the first time—alongside a site-specific work produced from her stockpile of plastic detritus.

Jazvac’s objects and two-dimensional pieces press against walls and linger across floors while exemplifying the colour, stretch, and shine of synthetic products. Her media of choice, like the exhibition title, plays on the ubiquity of plastics in contemporary life and its long-lasting impact on everything from microscopic plants to our own human health.

Jazvac was an influential presence in London’s art community for several years, working as a professor at Western University’s Department of Visual Art from 2009 through 2017. A publication documenting this exhibition is forthcoming this summer.

For more information on these exhibition or the Museum, please contact Mitra Shreeram at mshreeram@museumlondon.ca, 519-661-0333 x 4246


Accessibility
Museum London is committed to accessibility for all visitors. There are two accessible parking spaces at the main entrance, a wheelchair accessible ground-level main entrance with push button doors, an elevator, accessible washrooms, and a complimentary transport chair. For more information, please call 519-661-0333.

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