Opening: Spring Exhibitions @ Blue Star Contemporary

Blue Star Arts Complex

February 1, 2019 6:00 pm - February 1, 2019 9:00 pm

SPRING EXHIBITIONS

EFFORT ECONOMY
Featuring Julie FavreauRaul GonzalezR. Eric McMasterRonny Quevedoand Anne Wallace.OPENING RECEPTION:
First Friday, February 1, 2019
  |  6 – 9 PM
Still from Julie Favreau’s She Century, 2015.
Courtesy of artist and Division Gallery Montreal.
Reflecting on the dancer and theorist Rudolf Laban’s ideas related to effort and movement, Effort Ecomony features artists whose work utilizes choreography in some form. Movement and the body are essential to the works selected, with artists considering the design and sequencing of movement as it relates to dance, sports, daily life, eroticism, and more. Other ideas presented through this exhibition include internal rhythm and time as forces we connect our bodies to, and our drive for interconnectivity to one another in both the material and immaterial world.
Ronny Quevedo, The Main Event (nomadic structures), 2016, Screenprint and embossment on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Laban introduced the term effort in the context of modern dance theory as a mental impulse where movement originates. He designated four factors of motion— space, weight, time and flow— that embody effort. The combination of these factors generates the dynamic of movement. Laban also defined basic actions relating to effort: to press, to flick, to wring, to dab, to slash, to glide, to punch, and to float.
Still from R. Eric McMaster’s Pendulum, 2014, Projected video, looped.
Courtesy of the artist.
Using Laban’s theories as a foundation, this exhibition also considers the varied definitions of the terms effort and economy in combination with one another. We look at different contexts where our movements are calculated, sometimes the parameters fabricated or designed by the artists. Artists consider how the expenditure of energy can be optimized, futile, emotional, healing, sensual, mundane, and create new aesthetic languages. The works generate questions around the values we assign to the exerting effort, whether this is monetary, economic, social, or moral.