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Randall Finnerty, Euan Macdonald, Cathy Sisler
From March 5th 1998 to April 11th 1998
Fin de siècle : Le souci

Curator : François Dion

The "Fin de siècle" series comprises four exhibitions addressing, through different themes, various aspects of today’s culture. The whole series is grounded in a reflection on recent artistic production and the work of the curator as both exhibition producer and critical analyst. The four exhibitions will take place over a two-year period.

''Le Souci'' (Worry) focuses on a particular state of mind resulting from the primeval anxiety of being related to the world. Anxiety is, first and foremost, self-anxiety and inevitably about oneself in the world and with others. The three selected artists question this relation to the world in different ways : through a sense of nature, the experience of art and from the pespective of the social being. The works produce an effect similar to introspection where the consciousness of being in the world triggers reflection. The world returns our image and worries us. What we see might be staring back at us. This is the source of our anxiety. Thus, the guest artists partake in a debate linked to the role of art and artists within a redefinition of the modern world and the human condition.

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Randall Finnerty studied at York University, Sheridan College and the Ontatio College of Art before moving to Montréal. His drawings were shown in two solo exhibitions in Montréal in May 1997 and September 1995, as well as in a group show at Maison de la Culture Frontenac, also in 1997. He is currently working at the National Film Board.

Euan Macdonald was born in Scotland. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and the Ontario College of Art. Among his solo exhibitions, “Based on a True Story” was presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work was also shown at the Koffler Gallery, the Birganart Gallery and the Robert Birch Gallery in Toronto. Euan Macdonald lives and works in Toronto.

Cathy Sisler was born in the United States. She lived in Toronto where she studied at the Ontario College of Art before moving to Montréal en 1992. She holds a master’s degree in visual arts from Concordia University. Cathy Sisler has shown her work in several artist and exhibition centres in Canada, including Articule, La Centrale, Oboro and the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montréal, YYZ in Toronto and the Western Front in Vancouver. In December 1997, her work was presented at the Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie in France.

François Dion is a critic and a curator. He has worked with various cultural organizations in Montréal and is co-publisher of CUBE. He has organized, among other exhibitions, “Emprunts” (Galerie Vox) in 1995 and “Les Présents relatifs” (Quartier éphémère and Centre d’art contemporain de Rueil-Malmaison) in 1997.