Artists Talk: Sarah Nance and Alice Jarry

Sarah Nance.
Lighthouses: Glassworks by Alice Jarry and shroud for an ancient sea by Sarah Nance
TUESDAY, FEB 7, 5-7PM (EV 10.730)

Produced following residences in glass recycling plants near Montreal and in Belgium, Lighthouses (2015-Present) by Alice Jarry, is a site-specific kinetic installation that explores the potential of glass in the generation of unstable sound and light signals. In this project, the site-specific process fosters productive alliances with forces and materialities, allowing the emergence of ephemeral forms. This presentation will discuss a process-based approach with glass while looking at key moments in the development of the installation.

Sarah Nance will address her current body of research on the moon’s tidal pull and its influence on earthly geology. Her ongoing series of beaded nets, shown draped over boulders local to the exhibition sites, relate human and geologic time. Nance will also discuss the recently funded project, shroud for an ancient sea, in which she will utilize the similarities between lace knitting and binary code to create an encoded textile based on the geology of Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail.

Alice Jarry’s site-specific installations explore the impact of materiality in the generation of dynamic forms, accidental and fleeting. Her work was recently presented at Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology (Milano), Device_Art Triennal (Zagreb), Invisible Dog Art Center (New York), Le Manège de Sury as part of Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture (Mons) the Second International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN, Montreal), La gare numérique (France) and in several exhibition locations in Canada, the United States and Europe. Alice Jarry is a PhD candidate in Études et pratiques des arts (UQAM) and teaches Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University. She is a member of Perte de Signal, an arts research and development centre based in Montreal.
Sarah Nance is an artist working in installation, fiber and sculpture and is currently LTA Assistant Professor in Fibres & Material Practices at Concordia. She has previously held academic positions at Virginia Commonwealth University as Visiting Assistant Professor/Area Head (2015-16) and Fountainhead Fellow (2014-15), both in Fiber. Nance’s recent exhibitions include TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, AB; FrontierSpace in Missoula, MT; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, TX; and SÍM Gallery in Reykjavík, Iceland; with upcoming solo exhibitions at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA and Antenna in New Orleans, LA.
Sarah Nance. Kelly Thompson photo.
Kelly Thompson photo.

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