Join us for the finissage of Reconcile With a Smile by Yen-Chao Lin and Oliver Emrys Lewis (Montreal), on August 8th, 5-7 PM. This will be the opportunity to meet the artists, and share food in good company!
Free entrance and warm ambiance.
articule's gallery and bathroom are partially wheelchair accessible.
In North America, having perfect white teeth is about more than just health; it is often an indicator into an individual’s social status and personal background. In the 1800s, poor people would sell their teeth to the rich, whose own had rotted away from the consumption of sweets that the poor could not afford. In present day, the “Hollywood smile” has become a status symbol of privilege. Poor oral health isn’t only a physical risk: it threatens education and job prospects, and thus, social mobility. Presented under the form of a tricenium (also known as a three-way portrait or multiple view prints), Reconcile With A Smile features a smiling denture and two text based images, each only visible from alternate vantage points. A simultaneous commentary on the ephemeral nature of teeth and the precarity of non-profit culture institutions in a post-gentrification neighbourhood. As creative partners and life partners, both Oliver and Yen-Chao have dealt with frequent dental health problems from childhood to present. These conditions have induced financial and emotional strains on their relationship. The artists hope making an open display of Reconcile With A Smile can help them confront their dental contempt and reconcile on a personal level, while bringing attention to broader social inequalities, with an open heart and a smile.
Yen-Chao Lin is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist. Commenting on the impermanence of existence through intuitive play, collaboration and scavenging, her practice explores oral history, folk religion, ecology and social permaculture. A self-described postmodern archivist, and natural history enthusiast, she is an avid collector of all things from found family records to Victorian ephemera and biological specimens. Her works have been shown at Antimatters Media Art (Victoria), Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montreal), OBORO (Montreal), Pop Montreal, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art (Montreal), among others. Yen-Chao is also a key programmer for Atelier Céladon.
Oliver Emrys Lewis is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist and electroacoustic musician, active in Montreal since the early 2000’s. His work often explores the peripheries of consensus reality, while touching on aspects of hypnotism, supernatural phenomenon, perceptual trickery and the subconscious.