THE POWER PLANT SHOWCASES A PAIR OF MULTIPLATFORM INSTALLATIONS BY MONTREAL-BASED ARTIST PATRICK BERNATCHEZ
JANUARY 30 TO MAY 15 The passage of time may be a fairly common theme in the creative arts, but Montreal’s Patrick Bernatchez gives the motif a distinctive twist. Time is an inextricable component of his multidisciplinary artistic practice; each series in his overall body of work is designed to show how his process and ideas—and in certain cases, subjects—evolve over the course of months and years. This is clear in the two work cycles comprising Bernatchez’s “Les Temps inachevés,” selections from which are now on display at The Power Plant. (A more comprehensive version of the exhibition just wrapped up at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal).
Chrysalides, for example, examines growth, transformation and decay in a trilogy of video works plus a sound-and-photography installation that focus on the Fashion Plaza, an industrial building that once housed the artist’s studio, but which has recently undergone gentrification. Even more thematically explicit is Lost in Time, which attempts to encompass time in all its dimensions—through a feature-length film, photographs, musical creations and a unique watch, whose single hand takes a millennium to complete a full rotation. Its title translated in English as “Unending Times,” the exhibition encompasses past, present and future—both conceptually and literally. –Craig Moy