A CONVERSATION PIECE: Didier Morelli and Jaclyn Meloche at PDA PROJECTS

May 1 - 31 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, May 1, from 6 - 10 pm 
The artists will be present for the opening party 
After party at ANOMALY VOL 3 @ HOUSE OF COMMONS (11b Fairmount Ave) 

Inspired by the concept that an art practice is dialogical, transformative and inherently conversational, Jaclyn Meloche and Didier Morelli explore drawing, performance, and methods of performative inquiry to materially intervene into everyday models of representation. Interested in the relationships between research, writing and acts of making and doing, they are preoccupied with a negotiation of scholarly and non-scholarly models of art practice, or what institutions today are calling research-creation. Through A Conversation Piece both artists are in essence hoping to practice and preach a kind of material methodology through their own work, whether it is in the form of drawing, documentation, video or performative artifacts.

Didier Morelli is an interdisciplinary artist who combines practice and research in both his academic and performative explorations. His live art practice includes endurance-based durational actions and contextually specific relational interactions. His studio-based work, which includes drawing, collage, photography and video, has been shown in solo exhibitions (notably at the Katherine Mulherin Gallery in Toronto) as well as in group exhibitions (the Audain Gallery in Vancouver and at the Civic Space in Windsor). He was part of a group performance at the Tucson Museum of Art in 2012, and in the 2011 edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at the Whipersnapper Gallery in Toronto. Documentation of his work has been published in the online publication KATALOG and in Emergency Index 2013. Born and raised in Montreal, Morelli is presently a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois.

Jaclyn Meloche Ph.D. is a visual artist and art historian working to complicate the aesthetic and conceptual boundaries of performance and performativity vis-à-vis a discourse of matter in her research and writing. She is engaged with a creative practice that entangles drawing, installation, photography and performance. Meloche holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of Ottawa), a Master of Arts in Canadian Art History (Carleton University), a Master of Fine Arts (School of Visual Arts) and a Ph.D. in Humanities (Fine Arts) from Concordia University. She has exhibited throughout Canada and the USA and has earned reviews for her work in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Toronto Star. She lives and works in Ottawa, ON.