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Marik Boudreau
From January 13th 1990 to February 11th 1990
Architectures oubliées

Optica is an artist-run center. In the context of its new programming, we invited Martha Fleming and Lyne Lapointe to curate a photographic installation by Montreal artist, Marik Boudreau.

The exhibition, which documents a number of architectural relics in a study of urban decay, particularly in the Lachine Canal area of Montreal, will include photographs of La DONNA DELINQUENTA, the Stelco, Redpath, Coleco Factories and of abandoned warehouse. These are portraits of buildings in disuse, black holes in the urban dynamic. They allows us to discover an exceptional architecture, an architecture disrobed of meaning, in its intimacy.

The power and the discretion of Marik Boudreau's photographic work and the intensity of her involvement towards this art are tightly bound with the knowledge of The City. The work reflects the power of the urban unstability. She uses the camera as a "scientific tool" that pulls out the architecture's metaphysic.

These places have been, are and will be the theatre of something. Places in transformation, sites. A sensation of photografing the mobile instead of the immobile.

We said photo-installation because it includes the edification of wood pannels inspired from covered sidewalks, in which will be integrated Marik's photos, as holes in a barricade. She will attempt to adapt construction to each space in which it will be installed and this, during all its itinerancy. She will try to take advantage of the space's condition, integrating the city's point de vue as drawn from the gallery's windows.

The photos represent various buildings in Montreal, they are part of the city's architectural history. The sound track will recall these different periods. The music will become a component of the installation, embodying the elements in space. This experimental music will play during the show. The orchestration will include the following instruments : electronic bass, electronic drums (RX11-RX5), synthetizer, acoustic drum, banjo, ukulele, cymbalum, xylophone and "special effects".

We expect to produce a bilingual brochure that will include a text by Martha Fleming and some reproductions reproductions of Marik Boudreau's work. This brochure will be included, free of charge, to the show's different venues.
- Press release (Optica)

- Cron, Marie-Michèle, «Marik Boudreau: Taudis soit-elle», Voir, 25 au 31 janvier 1990,p.17.
- Ménard, Pierre, «Souvenirs effondrés», Guide Mont-Royal, vol. 51 no. 4 (24 janvier 1990), p.15.
- Lehmann, Henry, «History meets fantasyland in Hébert's witty clay sculptures», The Gazette, Monday, January 29, 1990.