The top 5 things to do in Montreal: January 8 to January 28
1. PLAY WITH LIGHT
Luminothérapie | The Place des Festivals | December 10 to February 1, nightfall to 11 p.m.
Visit the Quartier des Spectacles to see Raw Design’s Prismatica light installation. Fifty prisms reflecting every colour of the rainbow have transformed the Place des festivals into a giant kaleidoscope.
Then take a short walk to the entrance of the St. Laurent metro station, where you can test your accuracy with Fascinoscope — Luz Studio’s four virtual and interactive games.
2. TAKE A LOOK AROUND
Out My Window, Down the Alley, Around the Corner and Up the Block | Joyce Yahouda Gallery | November 27 to January 17
Perry Bard uses her front door as a way to measure change. Her new video installation, Out My Window, Down the Alley, Around the Corner and Up the Block, is a montage about the shifting global landscape.
You’ll recognize some of the 3D-printed objects because they come from Monopoly, which Bard uses as a playful way to illustrate the hierarchies of power. Google named Bard as having one of the 106 most creative uses of the internet.
Find out more about Out My Window, Down the Alley, Around the Corner and Up the Block.
3. RANDOM AND POTENTIALLY AWESOME
Surface Tension by Valérie Belin | Phi Centre | October 16 to February 8, 12 to 6 p.m.
French artist Valérie Belin has been active in photography for the past 20 years and is now exhibiting her work at the DHC/ART gallery. It’s a minimalist sculpture with a clash of colours, going from monochrome to hyper-saturated.
Set aside an afternoon to view 50 photographs jam-packed with mannequin heads, arms and feathers, action figures wearing bright jewellery, and other images that explore the ideas of artifice, appearance and illusion.
Her most recent series is called Still Life (2014).
Find out more about Surface Tension.
4. ALL ABOUT THE METAL
Manon De Pauw exhibition | Divison Gallery | December 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Manon de Pauw investigates the aesthetics of light and the possible similarities between the body and the universe. All the photograms in this series were created in her darkroom with light beams, metallic materials and photosensitive paper.
Surfaces rocheuses is a series of negative images of rocky surfaces printed onto aluminum panels.
Find out more about the Manon De Pauw exhibit.
5. L'IMPRESSIONNISME, ÉLOGE DE LA MODE
This movie on impressionism, in French only, goes beyond Claude Monet and his classic paintings to show how many popular works from this art movement were influenced by photography and fashion. The film explores the relationship between the painter and his model, and the revolution in menswear.
Find out more about l’Impressionnisme, Eloge de la Mode.
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About the author
Andy Fidel is a Montreal-based freelance journalist, photographer and writer with dreams of living on a submarine. She enjoys metro rides, writer's block and cold instant coffee.