dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton
For VOLTA NY 2018, dc3 Art Projects is excited to present work by Evergon + Jean-Jacques Ringette, aka Chromogenic Curmudgeons, from Two Old Friends Play Chess. Made by the duo during a period in which Evergon was housebound, the photographs are painterly in both form and content, using objects and memorabilia from Evergon’s home to build works for the lens of the camera with no digital alteration. These series of still lifes/landscapes, volcanos and Rorschach’s create psychological spaces that serve as portraits of both the artists and of the viewers.
Evergon (b. 1946, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada) lives and works in Montréal. He holds an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his work has been the subject of numerous major solo exhibitions. His work is found in private and public collections in Canada, the United States and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, The Photographer's Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Princeton Collection, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Jean-Jacques Ringuette (b. 1961, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada) is a Montréal-based photographer whose work has been shown throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. He holds an MFA in Photography from Concordia University and his work is found in numerous private collections, as well as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
“For years I spent my creative time globetrotting in search of Ramboys, Cruizing Grounds and/or Homo-Baroque/Rococo productions in the Polaroid studios of New York, Boston and Frankfurt. Three years ago my body failed me. I became ill and with this I was confined to my home/studio i.e. housebound. But in an act of defiance and remembrance, I started to work in tandem with Jean-Jacques Ringuette, my long-time collaborator. From memorabilia, we produced a series of photo/paintings of still-lifes/landscapes titled Two Old Friends Play Chess. We danced around each other, we parried, we counter-charged, we trumped each other as queen fiends — no time for a king. It was a courtship of physicality, equality, creativity, and good fun. Our creative process is well beyond a simple collaboration: our works would not exist without the contribution of the both of us.”
— Evergon, Summer 2017
Evergon and Ringuette have been working together since 2015 under the name Chromogenic Curmudgeons (Celluloso Evergonni and Gigi Angeletti) and their work was first shown at Galerie Trois Points in Montréal in 2016.
dc3 Art Projects also presents Dana Dal Bo, ...Still in the Running Towards Becoming... at the VOLTA VIDEO WALL