This first museum solo show presents several groups of works made by Leisure in recent years. The exhibition highlights the thrusts of the work of Susannah Wesley and Meredith Carruthers, an artistic duo whose practice is grounded in research. Collaboration, approaches to learning, production contexts and work processes are key issues for the artists. Interested in the lives of women in the mid 20th century – whose collaborative methodologies weren’t always known – Leisure creates installations as spatial collages where ideas, images and objects accrete around iconic figures like Françoise Sullivan, Lina Loos, Barbara Hepworth and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Starting from these women’s work, Leisure imagines new ways of being in the world.
Work shown in the banner:
© Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley), Rope Study, photographed performance, 2012/2016.
Photo credit: jcLett.
Leisure is a conceptual collaborative art practice between Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley, based in Montréal. Working together under the name “Leisure” since 2004, they engage with cultural historical narratives through research, conversation, published texts, curatorial projects and art production. Leisure has produced exhibitions and special projects in Canada and abroad, and participated in residencies in St. John’s (The Rooms, Newfoundland, 2016); Dawson City (KIAC, Yukon, 2010); Vienna (Kunstverein das weisse haus, Austria, 2008) and Banff (Banff Centre for the Arts, AB, 2007). Their recent research on collaborative gesture and spatial narrative has included, Conversations With Magic Stones, exhibited at VU Photo, Québec, 2017 and as part of The Let Down Reflex, EFA, NYC, 2016; Panning for Gold/Walking You Through It shown at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2017 and Dualité/Dualité exhibited at Artexte, Montreal, 2015. Leisure is in the permanent collection of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montreal.