Pierre St-Jacques: Two Birds on a Wire

Pierre St-Jacques, Still from Two Birds on a Wire, 2022-2024, Running time: 21:33, 4-channel video installation / Color / Stereo

Two Birds on a Wire
A Solo Show by Pierre St-Jacques

May 31 – June 22, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, May 31, 6 – 8 pm
Station Independent Projects, Toronto

Station Independent Projects is thrilled to host solo exhibition Two Birds on a Wire by artist Pierre St-Jacques featuring new drawings and video.

About Two Birds on a Wire:

Two Birds on a Wire is a 4-channel video installation that follows two main protagonists, Caveman and Spaceman. At the outset, both these characters find a certain dissatisfaction with their lives. Then, out of the blue, a certain solution presents itself. It is a seductive vision of what things could be. They each set out to capture and put into practice this idea in their lives. In doing so they realize than in order to regain that spark they will need to take on characteristics from the other, in effect, bridging the divide until who’s to say who is ‘spaceman’ and who is ‘caveman’.

An alternate way to think of these two characters is that they, in some way, define what an idea is. When we have an idea, the early stages are luminous and wonderful; the idea is the best thing in the world, its immateriality is perfect. In that way it mirrors “Spaceman”: everything is in the head, it’s all ideal. But when the time comes to communicate this idea, to bring it into the world, it all falls apart. The messy aspects of the real world make themselves known. One mucks about to give it some form, it takes on its own life, always different and separate than that glowing original idea. That’s the “Caveman” part, banging sticks together to try to get that spark back.

The drawings in the exhibition portray one of the most important themes from the video installation, that of the shared spirit of several characters: How two characters in separate spaces can be joined in their state of mind or how multiple individuals can ‘set the tone’ psychologically in a single space. The medium of ink and graphite can deal with this in a more direct, and physical way than video can. The drawings have the possibility of breaking up or melding spaces in ways that video can’t. It is a parallel exploration of ‘the two birds’, these sides that inhabit us, and, in finding their own balance, create who we become.

Pierre St-Jacques, Still from Two Birds on a Wire, 2022-2024, Running time: 21:33, 4-channel video installation / Color / Stereo

Artist Bio:

Pierre St-Jacques is a Toronto-based artist working in video and a variety of 2D media. His work often takes the shape of multi-channel video installations, or drawings. He also likes to keep a sketchbook as a way of putting down a series of thoughts, in finished form, almost as a series of mini performances.

St-Jacques has shown both nationally and internationally. Having lived in New York City from 1999 to 2022 many of his exhibitions have been centered around the NYC area. He has shown his work at Artist Space, Station Independent Projects, the Bronx Museum, BRIC, Gallery 1313, Remote Gallery, and Metaphor Contemporary amongst others. He has taken part in a multitude of art fairs such as DiVa, the fair for video, Scope, Bridge and Pool. He has also been part of a series of film festivals such as the Montreal New Cinema and New Video Festival, the Berlin International Director’s Lounge and the Chelsea Film Festival amongst others.

St-Jacques recently completed a new 4-channel video installation entitled Two Birds on a Wire will premiere at Station Independent Projects in Toronto along with mixed media drawings inspired by the new video work.

Pierre St-Jacques, Two Birds on a Wire #17, Mixed Media Drawing, 2022- 2024

About Station Independent Projects:

Station Independent Projects was founded in L.E.S., NYC and hosted exhibits from 2012-2017 in NYC. Gallery Director Leah Oates reopened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in September 2023 on Geary Avenue.

Prior to opening Station Independent Projects, Oates curated exhibitions in the New York City area with The Scope Art Fair, The Bridge Art Fair, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Asya Geisberg Gallery, Chashama, Artists Space, Nurture Art and The Kauffman Arcade Gallery and in the Chicago area at Randolph Street Gallery, The Peace Museum and The Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

Shows at Station Independent Projects have been written about in dArt Magazine, DESIGNLINES, Akimbo, WNYC, The Brooklyn Rail, Crain’s NYC, The Village Voice, NY Arts Magazine, Artefuse, Chronogram, Heart as Arena, Tribeca Tribune, New Art Examiner, The Chicago Tribune, New City, Blouin Art Info, Artforum, Collector Daily, Bedford and Bowery, Lid Magazine, French Photo, I-Ref Magazine, Sleek Magazine, Musee Magazine, Slate, Photo District News, Women’s Wear Daily, The Tory Burch Culture Blog and Le Journal de Photographie.

Oates received a B.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for Post- Graduate study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and exhibits her photographic works internationally. Oates has been organizing shows as independent curator and gallerist for approximately twenty years.

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Station Independent Projects
220 Geary Avenue, Second Floor
Toronto, ON M6H 2C3
Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 6 pm

For more info: leah.oates@gmail.com