Montréal - Tiohtià:ke
“Metropolis of Reconciliation”
Jason Gillingham is a multi-disciplinary artist. Born in Calgary Alberta in 1974, he attended Concordia University as a sculpture major in 2000-2001 and has lived and maintained a studio in Montréal since.
His present principle practice works post-consumer found metal relics of our urban landscapes into woven sculptural, painterly, textile fabrications. Articulating connectivities, sameness and differences informed by an ongoingly emergent inter/intra/trans dialectical ethic. Tapestries attuned to assertions and valuations of individuality, collectivity, class, usefulness, disposability, extraction, gender, personhood, ableism and aesthetics entwining multiplicities, indeterminacy and complexity. Interlaced artifacts of our present microhistoric tensions embodied in strained resources. These entangled upcycled “reworkings” of our common spaces of post/re/deindustrialization, digitization, over/underconsumption are routes, records. Pathways mapping this process of growth, curiosity, discovery, challenge, acceptance, adaptation, togetherness, and aspiration, strand upon strand. Intermingling perspectives, patiently teasing out nuances, informing / affording deepening experience. Stamping letters into their surfaces creating poetic textual mosaics, varyingly clear and concise to wandering subjective insights, re/decontextualizing messages. Evoking understandings, cooperatively supported by a strong steady underover underoverunderover praxis with materials, words, surfaces and spaces drawing connections across social, technological and environmental conditions.
This March, 2019, 'RePresentations', a solo exhibit of weavings was at the North York Central Library, Toronto*; 'Matrices', a solo show in October 2018 at Art Lounge in Montréal; participation amongst a group of artists at Isyte gallery's inauguration in Calgary in December 2018; the Inverness County Centre for the Arts ‘Small Treasures’ juried group show in July 2018 (returning there in 2020) and the 'Unis Vert l’intemporel' collective exhibitions at Galerie Le Livart in Montréal in April 2018 and the Queen Elizabeth hotel in July 2018 incorporating heritage silverware donated by the hotel.
There were two solo exhibitions of his metal found object weavings in 2016, 'Radius' at Monastiraki in Montréal and 'Fabrical' at gallery U in Edmonton. In 2016 Jason participated in a residency at Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri, in Iceland, weaving the factory remains. One of his weavings, 'Through Grace' and a copy of 'Contextual Workings: Documented', were auctioned at the Fondation de l'Hôpital général du Lakeshore's annual benefit ball 2016. He also showed a weaving in a group exhibition at the Art Lounge in Montréal in 2016.
He showed his weavings in Rover Art's 2011 fundraiser. In 2012 le Château Frontenac in Quebec City hosted an 'Unis vert l'Art' group show to which he contributed a series of weavings repurposing the Château's old copper roof. In 2014 he exposed in group shows at both Galerie Luz and the Long Haul / Le Corrid'art in Montréal and returned to show a second time in both galleries again in 2015. Several weavings were included in the 'Konton' group show in Vancouver's Ayden gallery in 2015.
Two of his art books, 'Thus', 2007 and 'Contextual Workings: Documented', 2010 can be found on permanent collection at the Médiatheque of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Both books explore his work with experimental text, sign, meaning and photography. This practice has morphed and continued onto the surfaces of his weavings. Impressing text into the metals, stamping out words, exploring relationships between material and mentations.
His audio work sprung from those word explorations. Using both tape and digital recordings, collecting and combining contexts and multiplicities of meaning and significance. He aired numerous solo soundscapes on CKUT radio in Montréal from 2009-2016. He has participated in various collaborative group performances in Montréal. A soundscape at les Territoires Galerie Montréal in 2011, a Noisundaeee event at la Plante in 2015, an Island Frequencies event in 2016, at la Vitola hosted by Suoni Per Il Popolo in 2017 and Brasserie Beaubien in 2018. Playing in Toronto in 2017 at Orchard Bar and January of this year at Electric Perfume. Projections at la Vitrola and Electric Perfume brought words to light, experimentation is a continuous element of Gillingham's work.
Niá:wen, many thanks to all those collaborators, curators, collectors, friends and colleagues who have contributed so much to this artistic process over the years.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, bringing the arts to life. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien, L'art au cœur de nos vies. Appreciation to the Toronto Public Library, especially the staff of the North York Central branch, *gratitude, miigwech.
Vio lence / late / 2014
Woven found objects, copper, steel, barbed wire, wood, trees, saw blades, chains, shovels, tree branches, hinges, aluminum conduit,
sheet steel, small piece of text lifted with transparent tape, text impressions
suspended from the ceiling with a 1 ton chainblock.
The copper (green) used in this and other works was originally part of the roof of le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Quebec and was gifted to the arts to repurpose said old roof during renovations in 2011, wela'lin.