Seven years after opening Visual Voice Gallery, owner Bettina Forget has hit the reset button. As of November 2014 the gallery will follow a new mandate: exhibiting art which creates a connection to science.infolio-rg.ru
“I love the art I have presented in the gallery over the last seven years,” says Forget. “It has been an immense pleasure to exhibit such a variety of concept-driven, innovative work. But for the last few months I felt that the gallery needed a more focused direction.”
Bettina Forget is a visual artist and an avid amateur astronomer. Her own paintings, video, and installation work focuses mostly on astronomical themes. Forget’s big insight came after she returned from a one-month art residency in Iceland this summer.
“It was after a group of scientists from the International Space University came for a studio visit. The feedback I received was fantastic, and I realized how much interest there is for science-related contemporary art. So, why not extend the direction I’m taking in my artistic practice to my gallery’s mandate?”
The first exhibition linking art and science is a solo show of works by American photographer Bill Finger titled Ground Control. The artist was inspired by the question: if you had the chance to go on a one-way trip to Mars, would you go? Bill Finger imagines how a prospective astronaut would prepare for a mission to the red planet from which there would be no return. His evocative photographs conjure up an atmosphere of anticipation, mystery, and loneliness.
Ground Control runs from October 30 – November 29, 2014, vernissage on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
The space theme will be continued in the following exhibition, titled Nostalgia for the Future.
British veteran astronomical artist David A. Hardy, American planetary scientist and artist William K. Hartmann, and American photographer Bill Finger team up for an exhibition which looks back at looking forward. Nostalgia for the Future features paintings, prints, books, and magazines of the 1950 and 1960s which exude the unbridled optimism of the era. Moon colonies, commercial space travel, human exploration of the cosmos – how much of of this vision still resonates with us today? How have our perceptions of the future changed? Bill Finger’s contemporary photographs establish a poetic counterpoint to the futuristic visions of the last century.
Nostalgia for the Future runs from December 4 – 20, 2014, vernissage on Saturday, December 6, 2014.
Upcoming in early 2015 is a video art festival which will screen short films inspired by biology, physics, mathematics, and astronomy, and a solo exhibition by Canadian artist Sarah Hatton who works with honey bees and the issue of hive collapse.
“The aim of Visual Voice Gallery’s new mandate is to disrupt the artificial separation between the arts and the sciences to stimulate curiosity, exploration, and a search for truth and beauty,” says Forget,”I can’t wait to get started.”
Visual Voice Gallery is located in Montreal’s Belgo building, a hub of contemporary art with over 25 art galleries and artist studios.