Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8 PM to 12 AM
La Guilde is proud to present, in collaboration with Nuit blanche à Montréal and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE,Ceramic Workshop: Creative Lab which showcases the opening of the most recent exhibition by emerging artist Mel Arsenault. From 8 PM to midnight, the artist invites guests to discover her world filled with tiny colourful ceramic assemblages, during the public opening of her exhibition Shifting Histories.The evening’s soundtrack will come from the artist’s playlist. As part of her collaborative approach, a clay handbuilding workshop will allow guests to not only learn the technique but take part in the creation of a collective work that will then be integrated into the exhibition itself in the following weeks.
About the exhibition Shifting Histories
Shifting Historiesis the first solo exhibition by emerging artist Mel Arsenault. From February 28 to April 19, 2020, La Guilde invites you to discover 25 artworks including ceramics, photography, installation and video. The artist is known for her miniature assemblages of various dimensions, in which colour plays a predominant role, her compositions reflect the hierarchy of pictorial language, through the chronology of art history and the rules of perspective. Artistic periods and movements coexist in her art. As a result, she calls into question both art history and history as we understand them today.
As an MFA candidate in Sculpture and Ceramic at Concordia University, where she previously obtained a BFA in Painting and Drawing, Mel Arsenault has participated in several collective exhibitions in Montreal, namely Peinture fraîche and nouvelle construction at the Galerie Art Mûr, Nuit Chromatic at the Usine C, and Art Souterrain in 2018. She also participated in an artist residency for ceramics at the prestigious International Research Centre Guldagergaard in Denmark in 2019. In 2016, she was the recipient of the “Outstanding Work and Meaningful Contribution to Ceramics” Award given by the Department of Visual Arts at Concordia University. Since then, her work has been shown in Canada, Italy, Romania and Denmark.