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Samuel Bernier-Cormier is a Quebec/Acadian artist, curator and critic. He earned a bachelor’s degree from OCAD University and a master’s degree from Toronto Metropolitan University. With a background in the history of photography and photographic preventive conservation, her practice is centered around this medium, while incorporating other techniques, including painting and drawing. Using various photographic methods as starting points for his works, he is interested in the relationship between the individual and his environment. After completing his studies, he worked in numerous private collections, museums and galleries. His work in collections and archives is a constant creative inspiration. In 2021, he moved to New Brunswick for a brief period that inspired a body of work exploring his relationship to his Acadian identity, through observations of the natural environment of the Maritimes. With these projects, the documentation of color becomes an important aspect of his artistic practice, an interest that persists through his work. He now lives and works in Montreal. His works have been exhibited at John B. Aird Gallery, Quest Art School and Gallery, Black Cat Artspace, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, his curatorial work at The Image Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, his texts in C Magazine, Kapsula Magazine.

Lauren Chipeur is an artist based in Calgary on Treaty 7 Territory. She produces sculptures and installations using ceramic processes as a way to untangle new ways to learn things. Her current research investigates the chemistry and complexity of matter to reflect on the parallel and opposing belief systems about our shared material realities. She has exhibited at galleries and artist-run spaces including the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), Centre Clark (Montréal), Neutral Ground (Regina), FOFA Gallery (Montréal), Pushmi-Pullyu (Toronto), Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh) and Stride Gallery (Calgary). She graduated with an MFA from Concordia University in 2019 and since then spent time as an artist in residence at Medalta (Medicine Hat), the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Zentrum für Ceramic (Berlin) and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre (Denmark). She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Forest City Gallery (London, ON). Her work has received support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development and Canada Council for the Arts.

Xavier Orssaud holds an MFA in Visual Arts from École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris Cergy (2022) and two BFA (2006) from the University Paris I in Visual Arts and Aesthetics. He spacially installs and turns into pictures, questions raised by the environmental crisis as well as the socio-cultural upheavals it causes. His work has been exhibited in various solo and group shows in France and Canada, including at Atelier Circulaire (Montréal, 2023), Centre culturel Georges-Vanier (Montréal, 2023), the 12nd Biennale Internationale d’estampe contemporaine (Trois-Rivières, 2021) and at Open Studio (Toronto, 2019). He took part, of C14, in fall 2023, in a contemporary ceramics fair in Paris and will show his work at CIRCA art actuel in January. His projects have been supported by the Art Council of Québec (2019 et 2021) and the Canadian Council for the Arts (2023). He is currently in residency at the European Ceramic Workcentre(EKWC) in the Netherlands. French and Canadian, he lives and works in Paris area.

Kuh Del Rosario investigates the potential of everyday materials as collaborators. Inspired by Philippine cosmologies and indigenous beliefs, tactile memories and the language of things, Del Rosario explores alternative possibilities and world-building. Kuh Del Rosario is a Filipino-Canadian currently based in Tiohtià:ke / Montreal, QC. She is a recent MFA graduate from the Sculpture & Ceramics Dept at Concordia University 2023. Del Rosario founded and operated Elmo’s House Artist Residency in Batan, Aklan, Philippines (2017-2019) and participated in VIVA EXCON 2018 Biennial in Capiz, Philippines. She was a guest curator for Tuloy Tawid, a group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in 2021, and recently completed the 2023 Brucebo Summer Fine Art Residency (Gotland, Sweden). In 2023, Del Rosario has exhibited at Centre Clark (Montréal, QC), Maison de la Culture NDG (Montréal, QC), Ateliers Belleville (Montréal, QC), Stewart Hall Art Gallery (Pointe-Claire, QC), Port Loggia Gallery NSCAD (Halifax, NS), Gallery C103 UWinnipeg (Winnipeg, MB) and Galerie Nicolas Robert (Toronto, ON). Kuh Del Rosario has been selected to take part in the 2023-2026 Montreal Studio program at Fonderie Darling.

Elise Rasmussen is a research-based artist working with lens-based media. She has exhibited, performed, and screened her work internationally including venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum, Pioneer Works (New York), JOAN, Night Gallery (Los Angeles), Institute of Modern Art, UQ Art Museum (Brisbane), Belvedere 21 (Vienna), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), Dazibao (Montreal), Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53 (Edmonton), the Doris McCarthy Gallery and Gallery 44 (Toronto). Elise has received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Merit Scholarship and has been an artist in residence at a number of institutions including the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), La Becque (Switzerland), the Nirox Foundation (South Africa), LMCC (New York), Shandaken Projects (Storm King, NY), SOMA (Mexico City), the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta) and was a Fellow in the Art & Law Program (New York). Elise has been written about in publications such as Artforum, ArtReview, Art in America, BOMB Magazine, and the New Inquiry, and has received grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, NYFA/NYSCA, and the American Austrian Foundation. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Elise lives in Los Angeles, California.

Approach and works on display


The artists of this exhibition are developing their practice based on archives, residues, and raw material. Their approach is similar to scientific research regarding the way they reuse, document and investigate their materials. Subject to a study between analysis and contemplation, this material then reveals hidden aspects of our relationship to the world. Both critical of the modernist notion of progress and engaged in scientific research, the artists gathered here are tracing incongruous paths to the encounter of the elements, residues and ruins that are composing the landscape.


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