The Lead Apron: Performed by Sarah Wendt

Thursday, January 31, 8:00–8:30pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Cabaret Space
12 Alexander Street, Toronto

Presented as a chapter within Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau’s What Do Stones Smell Like in the Forest? at Gallery TPW, The Lead Apron is a solo performance for French horn interpreted by Montreal-based artist Sarah Wendt. Extending the material and textual landscape of Lum and Desranleau’s installation currently on view at TPW, this performance continues the artists’ reflections on the relationships between sentient bodies and objects: the sensorial worlds built up between body and thing, and the possibilities for collaboration found in these relationships.

The Lead Apron will be presented at the Cabaret Space of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Admission is free, all are welcome.

Please note that the performance will start promptly at 8:00pm. There will be no late admittance. The performance is approximately 30 minutes in length.

Lighting design by Karine Gauthier

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Biographies

Originally from PEI, Sarah Wendt is a Montreal-based visual artist. Trained as a dancer and musician, her work often involves choreography, performance, and musical scores, and is developed as a kinaesthetic response to the contingencies of collaboration. She co-created The Rules with Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, Scream Choir with Coral Short and numerous solo and collaborative performance works. She was a DanceWEB Scholarship recipient for ImPulsTanz, Vienna and has completed residencies as an APAF Artist in Residence in Nova Scotia and at the Rooms in Newfoundland. Her performance work has been shown in contexts such as: Galerie de l'UQAM; Galerie Hugues Charbonneau; l'OEil de Poisson, Mois Multi, Quebec City; Encuentro Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics; Platform Young Performance Artists, Berlin; Anode Festival, Melbourne; and offta festival d’arts vivants, Montreal. In 2015 she established a duo with visual artist Pascal Dufaux. Through the cross-pollination of their practices, they use diverse methods of production, including sculpture, live and documented performance, film and installation, to create immersive visual art experiences that display processes of image-making, and the presence of the body. wendt-dufaux.com.

Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal, Canada. Their work focuses on theatricality and the choreographic; in their performance work but also in their interest in staging tableaus and working with ephemeral materials that can be said to perform through re-deployment and decay. The duo’s recent works investigate the agency of objects, the material condition of the body, and the transformative potential that bodies and objects exert upon each other. These interests are informed by Chloë’s experience with chronic illness and its effect on their collaboration as well the duo’s exploration of narrative tropes from literature, theatre and television.

They have exhibited widely, notably at Or Gallery, Vancouver; the Center for Books and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Kunsthalle Wien; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Whitechapel Project Space, London; the University of Texas, Austin; the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown; the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; and the Darling Foundry, Montreal. Lum and Desranleau are also known on the international music scene as co-founders of the avant-rock group AIDS Wolf, for whom they also produced award-winning concert posters under the name Séripop. Their work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

In 2016, Desranleau was awarded the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, and in 2015, the duo was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award.