Sylvie Grenier, Paris, Artist in Residence
Tuesday, February 19th,2019-7.30 PM
October 2018 Residency in Paris, France
The Paris residency was an exploration of the historical legacy of Paris as an art centre and an in-depth immersion into its contemporary art scene. Together with a wonderful team of historians and curators, the residency provided access to many art venues, from major art museums and institutions hosted by their in-house representatives, to secluded historical sites, artists’ studios and local Paris-based arts communities.
The residency provided a wonderful opportunity to visit Paris from the point of view of an artist, and to talk to contemporary artists, curators and gallery owners. It offered the chance to learn from other international participants as well as to work a bit in a studio when time allowed.
Sylvie Grenier is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Art. Her preferred medium is oil paint. Her work explores the boundaries of abstraction to create a space based on memories, somewhere between seeing and feeling. Her current work carries forward the idea of painting in a minimalist way and is focused on creating a quick gestural response to the land.
A note on the Salons.
1. Every month or so (there have been some hiatuses) Rene and I invite an artist, who has done a project outside the Ottawa area, to give a presentation in our home. This could be about an exhibition, a presentation, a residency or a research trip. It is a nice, informal way to get to know about something that we don’t have a chance to experience in person.
2. We have also invited artists who are new in town to give a presentation about their work.
3. And we are interested to hear from artists who have graduated from the MFA program at Ottawa U. and have settled in Ottawa.
The get-togethers are super casual, and the talks are short so there is lots of time for discussions about all sorts of things. People take turns to bring wine (we ask different people each time). This isn’t about food, so we usually have only chips. Invitations to speakers are based on coincidence, happenstance and word of mouth. There is only space for 20 people, first RSVP-ed first served, so please RSVP as soon as possible. If there are more people than seats, we create a waiting list. For the following salon, the people on the waiting list get an advanced notice. We are trying not to turn the salons into a club, and this is the best way we know of getting different people together at different times. Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t get in the first time. Although there are now more than 340 names on the RIA list, people usually can attend at least 1 out of 2 salons.
If you sign up but can’t make it at the last moment, let us know, so we can contact someone on the waiting list.