Derrière les portes


From May 19 until the end of confinement


bi-monthly, Tuesday at 4pm
on the GNO's FB page
broadcast live


During this worldwide pandemic, forced to stay home for everyone’s sake, we invite ourselves virtually into the artists space for a chat about their practice, their work and their creativity’s state during those times. We wanted to know, how are the artists doing ?


#1 Derrière les portes with Laurent Vaillancourt

First stop : Laurent Vaillancourt‘s workshop in Hearst for a discussion hosted by the GNO’s director Danielle Tremblay.
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Longtime friend of the GNO and flagship Franco-Ontarian artist, Laurent Vaillancourt has a mixed practice he showcases around the province and beyond, with projects such as “Cent bornes” and “World Tour in Ontario“. He has exposed multiple times at the GNO, recently in “Mission Site” and during past editions of the FAAS – Foire d’art alternatif de Sudbury.

Broadcast on Facebook live on the GNO’s FB page, Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 4pm.


#2 Derrière les portes with Julie René de Cotret

2nd stop : Hillsburgh Julie René de Cotret‘s backyard. Among the plants and hens, discover the new project this pluridisciplinary and independant curator is building. We’ll talk about the rural context in which she creates and the distortion of time the isolation has on her work.

Julie René de Cotret is a French Canadian independent artist- curator, born in Montreal. She obtained her BFA from NSCAD, and her Masters in curatorial studies from the University of Toronto. She has exhibited and curated internationally: Canada, US, Sweden, Greece, UK, Switzerland, Korea, Germany. René de Cotret is co-founder of the artist residency program at the School of Environmental Science, University of Guelph, Ontario. She has been an active board member in Artist Run Centres for the last 13 years, and is currently chair of the board at GNO, Sudbury. René de Cotret has received numerous grants and has recently been awarded a Chalmers fellowship.

Derrière les portes avec Julie René de Cotret

2eme arret > Hillsburgh dans la cour de l'artiste pour découvrir son projet en construction parmi les 🐔 et les🌻

Posted by Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Broadcast on Facebook live on the GNO’s FB page, Wednesday June 3, 2020 at 4pm.


#3 Derrière les portes avec Emilio Portal

The show continues in Emilio Portals homemade studio, in Sudbury. His latest projects of soundscapes with Myths and Mirrors and collaborations within eeportal are part of the discussion.  For the rest, pump up your volume, sit back and surf on his audio waves…

Emilio Portal is an interdisciplinary artist, craftsman, designer and musician. While working at McEwen School of Architecture, he works on several projects collaborating with local organisms in Sudbury where he lives. He has exhibited throughout canada, notably at open space in victoria, bc, grunt gallery in vancouver, bc, and la galerie du nouvel-ontario in sudbury, ontario. in 2011, emilio and elyse portal started making art together under the moniker ee portal. their performances and installations address historic and contemporary environmental and spiritual issues.

Derrière les portes avec Emilio Portal

Et ça continue chez l'artiste Emilio Portal qui vous invite dans son studio maison à Sudbury. On monte le son 🎧 !

Posted by Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Broadcast on Facebook live on the GNO’s FB page, Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 4pm.


#4 Derrière les portes with Ron Loranger

Onward to Toronto for our 4th artist’s meetup, this time with visual artist Ron Loranger. He invites us in his home where his typical shapes Blobettes have transformed to the contact of COVID.

Originally from Kapuskasing, Ron Loranger is a queer Franco-Ontarian visual artist based in Toronto. His practice, usually entitled “Blobettes”, involves watercolour and India ink on Arches paper, but also takes the shape of painted installations in urban settings. Loranger is very much involved in the world of artist-run centres: indeed, he has been part of several boards and committees, such as B.R.A.V.O.-SUD, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and Le Labo. His professional experience includes exhibits in private galleries in Toronto, New York City and Berlin, and in public galleries, such as Kapuskasing’s Galerie Paquin, the Sudbury Art Gallery and the Glendon York University Gallery, as well with the GNO with Blobettes in 2015.

He also took part in the Biennial of Textile Art in San Jose (Costa Rica) and the Fair of Alternative Art of Sudbury (FAAS). His works are part of private collections throughout North America and Europe.

Broadcast on Facebook live on the GNO’s FB page, Tuesday June 30, 2020 at 4pm.


#5 Derrière les portes with Anyse Ducharme

Hop on for a virtual tour of the practice of digital artist Anyse Ducharme. Still mysterious for techno newbies👋, data, pixels and hydrophone  hold no more secrets for her. Discover parts of her new resarch-creation project “I’ve swear i’ve followed the instruction but my heart can’t close”, created during an instagram takeover at the Near North Mobile Media Lab in winter 2019.

Anyse Ducharme is a Franco-Ontarian media artist from Northeastern Ontario (Sturgeon Falls). Her artistic practice is engaged with the circulation of digital imagery and the malleability of data. Her work has been exhibited in Sudbury during FAAS 6, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Middlesbrough, Boston and New York.  Ducharme holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, a BFA from the University of Ottawa, and a college diploma in 3D Animation from La Cité collégiale.  She currently works as the Artistic Programmer at Knot Project Space — SAW Video, and sits on the board of directors of both La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and the Media Art Network of Ontario.

Broadcast on Facebook live on the GNO’s FB page, Tuesday July 14, 2020 at 4pm.


#6 Derrière les portes with Lise Beaudry

Time to visit Lise Beaudry‘s creating space, live from Toronto. The photograph, selected to create the public art work at Greater Sudbury Place des Arts,  shares what it is like to see the world through a lense and to find her creative materials in surroundings archives.

Lise Beaudry is a Franco-Ontarian artist originally from the rural region of Témiscamingue on the Ontario-Québec border.  As an artist, she seeks ways to do and think with photography as a platform for experimentation.She holds a BFA from Concordia University (1997) and an MFA from York University (2006). Her photographic and video work has been presented across Canada and internationally, including Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (1997), Grunt Gallery, Vancouver (1999) A Space, Toronto (2000), Biennial of Young Artists, Romania (2004), Ice Follies, North Bay (2006), AXENÉO7, Gatineau (2010), Art Gallery of Hamilton (2011) and Art Gallery of Mississauga (2012), Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montréal (2017) and Koffler Gallery, Toronto (2018).  In 2012, Beaudry won the BMW Exhibition Prize at the Contact Photography Festival. Her works are in private collections including TD Bank Art Collection.  Now residing in Toronto, she is a professor in the Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto in Mississauga.
Broadcast on Facebook live on the GNO’s FB page, Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 4pm.
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