Deconstruction of a tragedy
Natalie Reis’ Compendium, is her third solo exhibition at Galerie Trois Points, on view from February 22 to March 29. Paintings anchor the exhibition alongside sculptural and installation counterparts. Not to be mistaken as a departure from the artist’s previous work, but rather understood as a critical diversification within the artist’s practice.
Formally, the work is composed of a muted palette, devoid of colour and saturation. Feral foliage and floral groupings allow for a fractured cubist space, coupled with precarious middle grounds and moments of bad painting amidst viscosities of mucus and paint.
This particular body of work contextually appropriates the long venerated history of floral painting, while referencing the tradition of Vanitas and Tondo painting styles. Images of venomous bouquets reference the history of women and their relationship to still life painting, herbalism and the taboos of maternity and how these metanarratives are cultivated in our subconscious and polarized through a contemporary lens.
Intimacy in these works is channeled by political and social provocations. The figure is presented in a dismembered fashion, touching upon memory, biography, history and an incisive relationship to the present. The content of these works is intentionally critical, rather than positive – a characteristic that marks much of the postmodern movement of our time.
Natalie Reis is a Montreal based artist. She obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University. She has shown her work in numerous solo and collective exhibitions, namely at Galerie Trois Points, Usine C, the Montreal Biennale, Plein Sud, Artery Gallery and Chelsea Gelleria in Miami. Her work is part of the Giverny Capital and Fasken Martineau collections as well as numerous other private collections.
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Galerie Trois Points is very pleased to feature first time guest artist Natascha Niederstrass with Deconstruction of a tragedy, her first gallery solo exhibition presented from February 22 to March 29. Through a series of photographs and a video, the artist revives the myth of one of the most sordid murders of Griffintown’s history: the brutal assassination of Mary Gallagher which occurred at the end of the 19th century.
This story acquired some kind of legendary status over the years as the trial was widely publicized in the newspapers of the time. Ghost sightings have been reported around the murder scene, witnesses stating that Mary Gallagher would be seeking her head. In order to revisit this tragic event and better grasp its different components, Niederstrass proposes a series of photographs of pieces of evidence, inspired by local newspaper descriptions of the time. The artist also presents a stop motion animation, whose disturbing strangeness – or uncanniness – shows the headless ghost of Mary Gallagher wandering, searching for her head.
In this new body of work, Niederstrass obviously raises the question of the representation of women in the story. The actual event has shifted towards the urban legend to create fear and manipulate Griffintown’s women into staying at home; the emergence of the decapitated ghost, symbol of woman of questionable morals serves as both an example and a warning.
Natascha Niederstrass holds a MFA from York University in Toronto and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. She has exhibited her work in Canada and abroad in various solo and group exhibitions. She has presented a solo exhibition at Plein sud in Longueuil who awarded her the Plein sud grant in 2005. She took part in 2009, in Confluences at the Musée régional de Rimouski and the Maison de la culture Frontenac in the project titled De l’île à la mer curated by Bernard Lamarche. In 2010, she participated in the Off Manif d’Art 5 in Québec entitled Accident. She will be part of the upcoming programming at Occurrence – Espace d’art et d’essai contemporains in the spring of 2014.
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March 6 – 9 2014
We are thrilled to present Natalie Reis’ work at the VOLTA NY art fair, from March 6 to 9. Sister fair to the prestigious Armory Show, VOLTA NY is a curated invitational show that exclusively features solo projects by international artists, offering the opportunity to discover artists in a very unique way.
March 1, 8pm – 2 am