Ellen Gallery, Exhbitions

The Dress Show
April 22 to May 31, 2003
Vernissage - Thursday, April 24, 5:30 pm

Barry Ace, Barbara Hunt, Ana Rewakowicz, Lissa Robinson, Catherine Sylvain, Laura Vickerson, Kevin Whitfield

The Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery of Concordia University is pleased to present The Dress Show, featuring clothing-based imagery by seven contemporary Canadian artists. These thought-provoking and visually beautiful sculptural works explore the notion of dress and identity. Open to the public from April 22 to May 31, 2003, the vernissage will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. The Gallery is located at 1400, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, in the J.W. McConnell Library Building.

Clothing is intimately bound up with identity and one's self-projections, marking the outermost boundary between the internally-defined ego and the social world we inhabit. For several years artists have been working with the image of clothing as a medium to express issues of race, gender and identity. The seven artists in this exhibition recognize costume as an adjunct to the body, but also see it as a means of exploring the definitions of self and the relations we form (or attempt to form) with others.

Barbara Hunt cuts dresses, patterned to mimic natural forms, out of cold-rolled steel plates. Catherine Sylvain's monumental paper dress insists on its own presence through the space it takes up, but belies its own forceful presence through the fragility of its materials. Ana Rewakowicz's candy-coloured latex clothing creates a discomforting sense of intimacy - recalling both the skin and fetish wear it speaks implicitly of desire and repulsion. Lissa Robinson also toys with the fetishistic in her sixty pairs of red velvet shoes each modeled on a real pair - de-constructed and reassembled in crimson cloth. Kevin Whitfield's knitted suits oscillate between body and garment, thereby questioning the stability of identity. Barry Ace's magnificent vest and headdress create an art work which addresses the ongoing adaptation of Native cultures. Laura Vickerson's delicately embroidered gauze corsets attempt to find meaning in the "underlying body" where the body and the garment begin to merge.

Curated by Interim Director, Lynn Beavis, an illustrated bilingual catalogue will accompany the exhibition. The Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts, Assistance to Art Museums and Public Galleries for Operations and Programming in Contemporary Art.

Vernissage: Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 5:30 p.m.
Exhibition dates: April 22 - May 31, 2003
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
free admission - wheelchair accessible

For more information about the Ellen Art Gallery call (514) 848-4750

Education & Public Programming
The Dress Show
April 22 - May 31, 2003

Artist Talks - Friday, April 25, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Barry Ace, Barbara Hunt, Ana Rewakowicz, Lissa Robinson,Catherine Sylvain,
Laura Vickerson and Kevin Whitfield discuss their work in The Dress Show.

Dance Performance - Friday, May 2, 5:00 pm
Students of Concordia University's Dance Department will present new choreography by Shae Zukiwsky, based on themes presented in The Dress Show.

Dresses: The Dance of Identity - Tuesday, May 13, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Sandra Weber, professor of Education at Concordia University, examines how prom dresses can be used to try on identities, to express emergent and sometimes contradictory constructions of identity, and to challenge or conform to social expectations and images from popular culture.

Montreal's Museums Day - Sunday, May 25

The Ellen Art Gallery will once again take part in Montreal Museums Day, a city-wide event organized to raise awareness of Montreal's cultural institutions. Walk-in tours will be offered throughout the day. Dressed to Play: a workshop exploring identity through costume and use of polaroid will be offered at 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm. Maximum 10 participants per workshop. First come, first serve basis.

Closing Tea Tour - Friday, May 30, tour from 5:15 - 6:00 pm

Join us after class or after work for a free walk-in tour of The Dress Show. Tea will be served following the tour.

Guided Tours and Workshops - available from April 28 to May 31
Free guided tours of The Dress Show will be available from April 28 to May 31. An inquiry based tour will be followed by the Dress to Play workshop (see Montreal Museums Day for description of workshop). Please reserve by contacting Piera Palucci at 848-4047 or by email at ppalucci@alcor.concordia.ca
Walk-In Tours - Tuesdays & Thursdays from April 29 to May 29
Free bilingual walk-in tours of current exhibitions are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 - 2:00 pm.
All events and activities are free of charge
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 11 am - 7 pm, Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm

Galerie d'art Leonard et Bina Ellen
Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
The Dress Show

Closing Tea Tour
Friday, May 30, 2003, 5:15 - 6:00 pm







Catherine Sylvain

Barry Ace

Barbara Hunt

Ana Rewakowicz

Kevin Whitfield

Lissa Robinson

Laura Vickerson