LIFE SESSION AT PAUL PETRO CONTEMPORARY ART
March 17, 2016 – A new installation work entitled Life Session will open March 25, 2016 at Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto. This work comprises a 16mm film loop and several graphite drawings. The film component is based on the first two minutes of a 1970s gay porn film. Shot on Super8, the original 10-minute film takes place in an artist’s studio. Life Session examines the myth of the artist in popular culture via the framework of an artist drawing a film of an artist drawing a model. The show runs until April 23, 2016. Opening Reception: Friday March 25, 7-10pm
AMERICAN PSYCHO(DRAMA) 2016 REDUX ON VIDEO DATA BANK.TV
March 11, 2016 – American Psycho(drama): Sigmund Freud vs. Henry Ford, a program of American video art I curated in the late-nineties, is now playing on VideoDataBank.TV The program includes works by HalfLifers (Torsten Z. Burns and Anthony Discenza), Emily Breer and Joe Gibbons, Anne McGuire, Animal Charm and Maria Fernanda Cardoso. An essay on the program can be downloaded here.
NELSON HENRICKS AT 34e FIFA
March 6, 2016 – Images, Words and Sounds is a program curated by Karl-Gilbert Murray for the Montreal Festival International du Film sur l’Art. Works presented in the program include Conspiration des mensonges (1992), Émission (1994), Crush (1997), Homme à tout faire (1999), Map of the City (2006), Échec (2007) and two brand new pieces Life Session (2016) and Hush (2016). The screening will take place on Sunday March 13 at 12:30PM at the Centre Phi (407 Rue Saint Pierre). For more information, check out the Facebook event posted here.
February 23, 2016 – Motion. Montréal/Genève is the first visual arts encounter between Montreal and Geneva. For the occasion, La Fabrique d’expositions (Montréal) and LiveInYourHead, the HEAD curatorial institute (Geneva) created a video compilation of works by 11 Montreal artists and 12 Swiss and international artists associated with HEAD (Geneva University of Art and Design). Their works share a common theme: motion, as movement or proposition. Participating artists include: Jean-Pierre Aubé, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Caroline Boileau, Michel de Broin, Pascal Grandmaison, Nelson Henricks, Myriam Laplante, Eduardo Menz, Nadia Myre, Chih-Chien Wang, Hugo Canoilas, Matthis Collins, Verena Dengler, Christian Falsnaes, Hadley + Maxwell, Lauren Huret & Camille Dumont, Nastasia Meyrat, Lou Masduraud & Antoine Bellini, Lea Meier, Guillaume Pilet, Lili Reynaud Dewar, and Benjamin Valenza. Motion. Montréal/Genève is curated by Julie Bélisle, Louise Déry and Audrey Genois (Montréal) and Yann Chateigné (Geneva). The exhibition continues until April 9, 2016. The works Satellite and Countdown will be presented.
PRIX GIVERNY CAPITAL
February 12, 2016 – I’m proud to announce that I have been awarded the Prix Giverny Capital. A ceremony will be held at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal on February 18. The biannual award, valued at $10,000 and offered by François Rochon’s wealth-management firm, recognizes excellence within the Quebec visual-arts scene. I am the fifth laureate. Past winners include Jean-Pierre Aubé, L’ATSA, Mathieu Beauséjour and Diane Landry.
November 19, 2015 – The Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC) and La Ville de Montréal announced the nominees for the Prix Louis-Comtois, a prize awarded by the City of Montreal’s Service de la culture in collaboration with the AGAC. I was very pleased to learn that I am one of the three finalists. The other two nominees are Nicholas Baier and Milutin Gubash. The winner will be announced by the Ville de Montreal during a prize ceremony at the Musée des Beaux-Art de Montréal on December 9th at 6:30PM. You can RSVP here!
OPENING OF DAZIBAO EXHIBITION
April 23, 2015 – A new work entitled A Lecture on Art opens at Dazibao in Montréal on April 30 at 7 p.m. In the multi-channel installation A Lecture on Art, Nelson Henricks employs the medium of video to conjure the voice of Oscar Wilde. His starting point is a text written and presented by Wilde during his North American tour of 1882. Helen Potter, an American actress, attended one of Wilde’s talks, annotating his speech and capturing his voice on paper. In this work, Henricks reflects on what it means to record and reproduce sound and examines the place of aesthetics in art. Other works, including a new series of paintings and drawings, are also featured in the exhibition, which runs until June 20, 2015.
NELSON HENRICKS @ PAPIER 15
April 17, 2015 – For Papier 15, Paul Petro Contemporary Art (Booth #111) will be presenting a series of photos created in conjunction with The Sirens, a video installation I made in 2008. I will also participate in the Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop on Saturday, April 25 between 1:30PM and 3:00PM. I will give a short talk at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain where I am showing Endless Paper, another work created in conjunction with The Sirens. The Gallery Hop ends at 5:30PM with a Wrap Party at Dazibao, where I am launching a series of brand new works grouped under the banner A Lecture on Art. Hope to see you there!
ENDLESS PAPER AT PIERRE-FRANÇOIS OUELLETTE ART CONTEMPORAIN
March 12, 2015 – I am pleased to announced that my video Endless Paper will be presented at Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain from March 19th to April 25th in the black box room. Montreal painter Dil Hildebrand will be having a solo exhibition in the main gallery. Hope to see you at the opening reception on March 19th!
PRIX LOUIS-COMTOIS 2014
November 5, 2014 – The Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC), the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV) and the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ) announced the nominees for the Prix Louis-Comtois, a prize awarded by the City of Montreal’s Service de la culture in collaboration with the AGAC. I was very pleased to learn that I am one of the three finalists. The other two nominees are Emmanuelle Léonard and Patrick Bernatchez. The winner will be announced during the Visual Arts Gala at the Rialto Theatre on December 10th. For more info, go to Gala des Arts Visuels 2014.