Katherine.Melancon(at)gmail.com | instagram
Lives and works in Montreal, Canada

English – Statement

My practice is interested in process, nontraditional tools and materials and the use of camera less photography to reveal aspects of the natural.

Through cycles of transformation between the virtual and the physical, I create “new seeds” that I plant in different materials to discover what emerges. The starting point is often natural specimens from a specific location scanogramed.

Recently, I have encompassed interests for spiritual utopias and experimental projects. The concept of “flatness” interests me for its capacity to reboot societies under no, or different, hierarchies, including non-human people. Lately, I have been focusing on making nature control what humans create.

Français – Démarche
Ma pratique s’intéresse au processus, aux outils et aux matériaux non-traditionnels et l’utilisation de la photographie sans caméra pour révéler des aspects cachés du naturel.

À travers des cycles de métamorphoses entre le virtuel et le matériel, je crée de nouvelles «semences» que je plante dans différents matériaux pour découvrir ce qui peut en émerger – le point de départ de ces cycles est souvent le scanogramme de spécimens naturels issus d’un territoire précis.

Récemment, ma pratique incorpore mes intérêts pour le spirituel, ses utopies et ses projets expérimentaux. Le concept de flatness m’intéresse pour ses capacités à repenser la société sans, ou avec de différentes hiérarchies, incluant les être vivants non-humains. Dans mes dernières oeuvres, la nature control ce qui est créé par l’humain.

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EDUCATION
MFA, Central Saint-Martins – University of the Arts, London/UK, 2010
BA Communications-Interactive Arts, University of Quebec in Montreal/CA, 1999

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, VIDEO PERFORMANCES & ARTIST TALK

2021
Solo exhibition, Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal/CA
Solo exhibition, Vieux Presbythère de St-Bruno, St-Bruno/CA
Anniversary exhibition/short residency, Daïmon Centre, Gatineau/CA

2020
Solo exhibition Plantcore, International Digital Art Biennale, Elektra gallery, Montreal/CA
ISEA2020 – Why Sentience?, special programming exhibition, gallery tbd, Montreal/CA
Passer à travers
, groupshow Centre Phi, Montreal/CA
Les oeuvres fantômes, projet artistique de Céline Huyghebaert, Artexte, Montreal/CA
Exposition bénéfice, Circa, Montreal/CA

2019
Growing Freedom, Yoko Ono – Water Event, Fondation Phi (Dhc), Montreal/Canada
Solo exhibition L’État des matières II, Programme exposition et médiation Slow Tech, Studio XX, Maison de la culture RDP, Montreal/Canada
Malleability, curation Tom Watson, Tempsspace, Montreal/Canada
Fichiers temporaires, Centre Sagami, Alma/Canada
Les Impatients
, événement bénéfice, Montreal/Canada

2018
La Soupée, micro-grant event, Diagonale Gallery, Montreal/Canada
Groupshow funding exhibition, Diagonale Gallery, Montreal/Canada
Groupshow funding exhibition, Circa Art Actuel, Montreal/Canada
Artist Talk, Montreal’s Digital Art Biennale (BIAN/MIAN), Montreal/Canada

2017
Solo exhibition L’État des matières, Outremont gallery, curated by Nathalie Bachand. Part of Un million d’horizons; 19 exhibitions to celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Montreal/Canada
Run for art group show, funding exhibition, Circa Gallery, Montreal/Canada
Artist Talk, Looking at the overlooked, KIKK Festival, Namûrs/Belgium

2016
Below the Surface group show, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles/USA
Gallery Artists Show, Youn Gallery, Montreal/Canada

2015
The Anechoic Chamber, Festival Trans-Amérique (FTA), stage design, choreographer Jean-Sébastien Lourdais, Montreal/Canada
Materiology, two-person show, Youn Gallery, Montreal/Canada
The Anechoic Chamber, Les Hivernales Festival, Avignon/France

2014
Glow, Youn Gallery, Montreal/Canada
Manifestazione di arte contemporanea, Palazzo ducale Cantelmo, Atina/Italy
Incontro Culturale&Artistico, Sant’Ambrogio sul Garigliano/Italy
Black Rainbow, Youn Gallery, Montreal/Canada

2013
Mini Moi, Youn Gallery, Montreal/Canada
Show Off, délégation québécoise, commissariat Dominique Moulon, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris/France

2012
Santorini Biennale, Santorini/Greece
Surfaces: Works on Paper, Sput+nik Gallery, Porto/Portugal
Analogue/Digital 100 years of printmaking, Lethaby Gallery, London/UK

2011
Plat(t)form11, Fotomuseum, Winthertur/Switzerland
101, The LAB Gallery, NYC/USA
Art Redistribution Group, Gallery Arcadia Missa, London/UK
Snowball Video Program, curated by Kim Kielhofner, Articule Gallery, Montreal/Canada
The Re-Show Group show, High Wycombe/UK
Artist Talk, ISEA, Istanbul/Turkey

2010
Art Book Fair video exhibition, The Stanley&Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds/UK
Necessary Illusions, group show, Bargehouse, London/UK

2009
Electromarine, Brise-Glace du Musée maritime du Québec, l’Islet-sur-Mer/Canada
Control/Reaction, videowork for choreographer Jean-Sebastien Lourdais, Tangente, Montreal/Canada

2008
Popcore, video performance collaboration with Skzieve, Gallery SAT, Montreal/Canada
Control/Reaction, videowork for choreographer Jean-Sebastien Lourdais, Cultural Houses Montreal/Canada

2006
The Matthew Barney Show, group show, curated by artist Eric Doeringer, Gallery BOCA, San Francisco/USA

1999
New media Lounge, cd-Rom Gmelkpoitroujlev, New Cinema Festival, Montreal/Canada
Interactive showcase, cd-Rom Gmelkpoitroujlev, Goethe Institut, Toronto/Canada

ART FAIRS
2017 St-Lambert Contemporary Art Fair, selected artist, St-Lambert/Canada
2016 Papier Art Fair, Youn Gallery booth, Montreal/Canada
2015 Art on Paper, Miami/USA
Papier Art Fair, Montreal/Canada
Love Art Fair, Toronto/Canada
2014  Affordable Art Fair, NYC/USA
Love Art Fair, Toronto/Canada
2011 20/21 British Art Fair, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London/UK
AFF Battersea, curated space by Jotta Contemporary, London/UK
Artsmart, Jotta Contemporary, London/UK
AFF Hampstead, Liberty Gallery, London/UK
Chelsea Art Fair, London/UK

COLLECTIONS
PADORAC, City of Montreal’s contemporary art collection
The Central Saint-Martins Museum and Study Collection
Collectart Group
Private Collections in France / UK / Canada / USA

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2019 Zocalo, Longueuil, Canada
2019 Daïmon, Gatineau, Canada
2016 Sagamie Center, Alma, Canada
2014
– Atina 2014 Residency Incontro Culturale, Beatrice L’ente per l’infanzia, Italy
– Aux Marches de l’été, (Stage Design The Anechoic Chamber), Bordeaux/France
– Centre chorégraphique d’Avignon (Stage Design The Anechoic Chamber with choreographer Jean-Sebastien Lourdais), Avignon/France

GRANTS
2019
Creation grant CALQ (Art Council of Quebec (CALQ))
2017 Production grant Oboro, Montreal
2014 
Travelling grant, CALQ (Art Council of Quebec (CALQ))

Continuing education
Artist School, Moving Images Biennale, LUX/ICA, lead by Ian White, London/UK 2012
Media Arts Workshop, lead by Nathalie Bachand, Oboro, 2014
Vegetal Amplification System, lead by Anne-Françoise Jacques, EasternBloc, 2018
AudioSensitive, lead by Magali Babin, Oboro, 2018

PRESS
2019 CTLR+Humain : Mathieu Latulippe, Katherine Melançon, Pierre Durette, author Daniel Canty, Zone occupée no18, pp.46-53
2019 Yoko Ono:Liberté Conquérante, Gunnar B. Kvaran and Cheryl Sims, Hirmer editions
2019 Quatre-Temps (magazine du Jardin botanique de Montréal), Du salon au musée, la revanche des fleurs, par Claire Caland, Mars 2019
2017 Montréal Médiation culturelle.org, Katherine Melançon, Entrée en matière, par Claire Moeder, 6 juin 2017
2015 Hi-Fructose “Katherine Melançon’s Trippy Photographic Images of Still Lifes
2015 Radio-Canada at Papier Art Fair (broadcast: Friday, April 24 2015, 4:30 pm, at 1:39:30)
2014 DICCAN (Dictionary Digital Creation Analysis), supported by Paris Siggraph and Galerie Charlot, Paris
2012 Jotta Publication, Issue 1, Summer 2012. Contemporary Depictions of a New Nature in Which Technology is Intrinsically Woven
2012 Esquire Magazine, Russian Edition, March Issue: http://esquire.ru/fake-art
2011 Interview from Jotta on FAD
– Tages Anzeiger Newspaper, edition of the 26/01/11,  Zurich
– Photography-Now.com
2010 Jotta Contemporary: Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art 2010: Our Top Three