Andréanne Godin: Si Bleu Qu’est Notre Temps / As Blue As Our Time
SI BLEU QU’EST NOTRE TEMPS / AS BLUE AS OUR TIME
College Art Gallery 1, University of Saskatchewan
September 23 – December 16, 2022
Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions
Friday, September 23, 2022
Opening remarks: 6:30pm, Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building
Public reception: 7pm – 9pm, College Art Galleries
Kenderdine Art Gallery will also be open for viewing
curator | commissaire originaire, Marie-Ève Charron
organizing curator | commissaire d’exposition, jake moore
in partnership with | en partenariat avec AXENÉO7
Originating curator, Marie-Eve Charron observes that “In Andréanne Godin’s childhood memories, the forest becomes a psychic space that her artistic practice frequently revisits. This exhibition is the ultimate expression of this, one that is offered up for the sharing.” Originally installed in the multiple interconnected spaces of AXENÉO7, the project is reimagined in the singular space of College Art Gallery 1 in the historic Peter MacKinnon Building. New spaces have been created that establish this uncanny connection to a space no longer immediately within reach but is instead conjured by our presence. A highly skilled drawer, Godin activates deftly line and colour as polyvalent content that draws on histories of making and the interconnection between mastery and experience. Her move into installation detaches the art from object status and creates the conditions necessary for exchange. Charron astutely observes, “With artistic modernity, colour has triumphed over the structuring power of the line, in part by virtue of a scholarly exploration of L’interaction des couleurs (Josef Albers, 1963), which confirmed the primacy of subjective experience in perception.” In Si Bleu Qu’est Notre Temps / As Blue As Our Time, Godin asserts our corporeal presence as necessary to bring the work into the realm of visibility, but also that the presences unseen do not require us at all. This unseating of the primacy of visual engagement with the drawings establishes the psychic space of the gallery, bringing full circle the role of imagination and its re-presentation as something active, agential, and shared between beings, though never, ever, exactly the same thing.
Originally from Val-d’Or, Québec, Andréanne Godin currently lives and works in Montreal. In 2007, she received a BA in Visual Arts from Laval University, Quebec City, and in 2013, an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal. Over the past decade, Godin’s work has been presented nationally and internationally in Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, United States, Cuba, and France. She is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert.
The College Art Galleries are located in the Peter MacKinnon Building and are wheelchair accessible with elevator access, free to all public audiences. Tours are available upon request.