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January 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

On the Scene in Montréal
by Natalie Hegert


Jeanie Riddle-- "Keep it art."

I hustle when I travel, fast-talk at art fairs, major art openings, at dinners, on dates… anywhere really- I pitch the genius of contemporary practice. I sling art.

Montréal has a growing momentum in the visual arts. It feels exciting and sexy here, a city small enough to have real impact in the milieu and large enough to be a destination. The significant amount of art projects and spaces invite audiences to engage and partake in present discourses that amplify a reinvention of languages. The broken bilingualism or ‘fran-glais’ / ‘fr-english’ of Montréal’s everyday vernacular is a true representation of how we conduct ourselves in this place and in this moment in time. We make ourselves understood through the physical. We are adaptable, borrowing from past-present-future while constructing unfamiliar icons and creating stories around them. We catalogue ideas through the corporeal, the space affect of people and sensuality, feeling out our place in the world- what will be new again?

2010’s lens of possibilities:

Urgent art making


More unexpected use of materials

Nuance of language


Anti extravagance

Return to basics (in contrast to the iconic saturation of, and in no particular order: religion, politics, smallness and comparison)

Loose Surrealism


Broken Modernism




Public art works

App innovations for artists

Pop up exhibitions

And as always- LUCK


Looking out to:

Valérie Blass @ VOLTA NYC March 2- 7

After she kicked ass at NEXT Chicago and NADA, Miami.

Jeanie Riddle is a practicing artist with a fixation about economy and exhausting potential in simple forms. She currently resides in Montreal with her daughter and is Director and Curator of Parisian Laundry. Riddle actively seeks out artists that challenge and excite collectors and arts professionals. Her vested interest in the practice of art making as well as her passion and dedication remain the central core of the gallery’s energy.

Keep it art.


(Images: David Armstrong Six, The Dry Salvages, 2010.  Valérie Blass, She Was a Big Success, 2009.  Courtesy of the Artists and Parisian Laundry, Montréal.)

Posted by Natalie Hegert on 1/18/10

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