119 m Above Sea Level
DECEMBER 6, 2014 - FEBRUARY 14, 2015
SBC Gallery of Contemporary art is excited to present 119 m Above Sea Level, a new project by Montreal collective Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM), which aims to reconstruct the lost archives of 45°30' N-73°36’ W, an exhibition that CRUM identifies as the progenitor of conceptual art exhibition practices in Montreal.
In 1971 artists Bill Vazan and Gary Coward, curator Zoe Notkin and art critic Arthur Bardo organized the exhibition 45°30' N-73°36’ W at the Saidye Bronfman Centre and Sir George Williams University Art Galleries. Considered to be one of the first manifestations of conceptual art in Montreal, the exhibition featured the work of Canadian and international proponents of the movement, including N.E. Thing Co., Michael Snow, Françoise Sullivan, Ian Wallace, Sol LeWitt and Lawrence Weiner, among others.
Despite such auspicious beginnings, few traces of the exhibition remain. In fact, no exhibition archives for the Saidye Bronfman Centre exist prior to 1972, five years after the institution’s founding. Whether the work of nefarious conspiracy, administrative oversight, errant intern, or lack of time, all that remains of 45°30' N-73°36’ W is Inventory, a collection of index cards with written instructions, drawings for the execution of works, and quotes from prominent theorists that serves as exhibition catalogue.
Forty-four years after the original exhibition, and eight years after the inauguration of SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art as a distinct institution, the CRUM aims to fill the lacunae of the missing archival entry. Employing the qualitative method of Accurism™* and safe, modern technologies, the CRUM conjures a new exhibition and transmits, in real time to the present era, the lost archives of the progenitor of Montreal Conceptualism. All precision measuring, metering and retransmission of archival information will be executed at a safe historical and metaphysical distance, in keeping with standards imposed by the competent regulatory bodies.
The Centre de recherche urbaine de Montreal (CRUM) is a symbiotic (parasitic) research group with no exhibition space of its own. It uses the pre-existing exhibition network to present diverse projects. The CRUM is an artist collective dedicated to exploring links between art and urban space. Current CRUM members include Christian Carrière, Matt Killen, Alexandra McIntosh, Douglas Scholes and Felicity Tayler.
*Accurism is approved by the Régie de l’examen des archives et documents (READ)
CRUM wishes to thank:
Stéphane Bélainsky, Expertise Électromagnétique Environmentale Inc. http://www.em3e.com/
Ferme Coopérative Tournesol Cooperative Farm http://www.fermetournesol.qc.ca/
Stable Right http://www.stableright.ca/
Christopher McLeod Home Design & Renovation http://christophermcleod.wordpress.com/
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2pm-5pm
Vernissage @ SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art Texting for Telepathy (Participatory Performance), employing the technique of Accurism, the collective consciousness of the gallery space, and individual mobile devices, the CRUM will attempt to achieve telepathy.
To text anytime: 514.655.5171
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 2pm (In French)
Presentation by Stéphane Bélainsky, Electromagnetic Environmental Expertise Inc
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 2pm
(In French, with English subtitles)
SBC will offer guided visits to CRUM's exhitbition,119 m Above Sea Level, on the following dates from 2 pm to 5pm (reservations are not necessary):
December 13, January 10,
January 17 & February 7.