The Force at work / La Force en action

The Force at work / La Force en action
As the past is removed, a new beginning emerges.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Jean-Pierre Larocque @ 1700 LA POSTE

Jean-Pierre Laroque @ 1700 LA POSTE © Lena Ghio, 2019 
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Montage & details by Lena Ghio 
• The first impression I got when I walked in 1700 LA POSTE for the Jean-Pierre Laroque exhibition was that of being in an antiquities exhibition like we see at civilization museums. What appear to be busts, equines and characters sculptures look like they have just been dug out of an archeological site. It is a once strongly familiar and equally alien. You have the impression the objects are made of a stained ochre marble. They are actually made of clay and baked into fine ceramic pieces of intricate and fascinating details.

• Jean-Pierre Laroque is a soft spoken man that is easy to talk with. He has had a very individualistic journey as an artist and he is better known internationally than here in Montreal where he has exhibited only a few times.

• I screened the Bruno Boulianne documentary about the artist Jean-Pierre Larocque Le Fusain et L'Argile. In the movie the artist talks about his private life, we see him in his atelier creating and people who collaborated with him through the years reveal even more about the man, his life and his work. He loves humble materials like clay, chalk and charcoal, ink and paper. He approach his medium with abandon and spontaneity and it is magical to observe how his spirit moves from one idea to the next as he adds or erases the materials that will reveal a completed piece. The film, sponsored by La Fondation Internationale Isabelle de Mévius,  will be projected until June 23 2019 @ 1700 LA POSTE starting on Wednesday through Sunday between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. 

• His spontaneous drawings surround us throughout the exhibition. Mostly they are black and white multidimensional images that again transcend a specific epoch. The exhibition is also accompanied by a catalog featuring a foreword by Isabelle de Mévius and essays by David Elliott and Edward Lebow.

• Meanwhile the 37th International Festival of Films on Art has begun this week and will have a few presentations of the movie. In

Montreal on March 22 and 30, and in Quebec on March 23 at 4:00 PM.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

HOW TO MASTER THE STARS • Healing Nature Challenge • phase 3

Spirit checks-in, © Lena Ghio 2019
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• To review of the basis of the challenge, go to this link.

• The above image was taken on February 23, 2019. It had been more than 5 months since I had done an Emerge Art study. I am getting more precise about how to photograph the best jumps the elements take in water to create images we can relate to but that are beyond refraction. I was happy to spot a few jumps in the last series of photos I took. There is a jump on the left but I will let you spot it. The point is that Emerge Art proves that our interactions with nature, with our environment, have an effect on it. I have demonstrated over and over that water reacts to art in particular.

• What I am sharing in this article is the way art collaborates to the creation of our perceived world and helps us make discoveries from elements that appear unrelated. When I made exhibition proposals I would always explain that I use art to integrate knowledge that I would otherwise be overwhelmed by. Not that curators cared about my approach, its just that now I understand that I was on the right path for me regardless of the constraints of my cultural environment. The drawing below was done at an amazing crossroad between what had happened and what was to come. I had just successfully proved twice that the Alignment Geometry of Celestial Mechanics could give clouds human features. On the eve of doing this drawing I had observed clouds making huge human heads in the east and the clear head of a dragon in the west. It was approaching sunset in late summer so the sky was in magnificent shades of pastel colors. Venus and Mars in Libra were trine Neptune in Aquarius on the eve of the approaching New Moon in Virgo. I began the drawing at 6:31 am EDT on September the 8th 2010 in Montreal and integrated to my consciousness what I had learned. At that time I had not realized that the symbols I saw in the clouds would become symbols that would manifest in Emerge Art where a different type of physics is at work.

Untitled, © Lena Ghio 2010

• As the above drawing illustrates, we connect with gravity by taking action. The act of lighting a candle is apparently enjoyable to gravity as it is recognized as a force that bends light. It is also the E of E = MC 2. We all experience in one form or another, a connection to the forces of the world and hidden mysteries. The trick is to bring down to our level of phenomenology the intent we imagine there to where our tangible world can be enhanced long term by these fast moving configurations.

NOW the moment to look forward to is March 11 2019! The Moon in Taurus, her sign of exaltation, will conjunct Mars, the planet of action, with Uranus now in Taurus in mutual reception with Venus in Aquarius, the visionary and the practical combine. The Moon and Mars conjunction will also Biquintile Jupiter in Sagittarius while sextile Neptune in Pisces. To add strength to this already extraordinary configuration, Saturn in Capricorn is trine the conjunction with Pluto who is also sextile the Sun in Pisces!  What am I saying? 

• If you are concerned about the environment and climate change AND love to do art, whatever discipline, you can align a creative act with the Alignment Geometries of Celestial Mechanics occurring on March 11 2019. and create a solution. What you create will engage gravity who loves loves loves to repeat patterns. If you live in North America, the motion's strength begin to grow at sunrise and is most powerful until noon with the exact hit at  11:26 AM EDT on the east coast. I will be doing drawings that I will share and discuss later. You are welcome to share your art and experiences on the links below. Check for the precise time in your town.

• I recommend you envision the healing benefit flowing in you, to you, and out of you to regenerate the whole of nature. Stay tuned for next installment.

 Look up page 2  to get the gist of the challenge I have invited the world to take that involves the power of art.  I hope you tune in and share your experiences on this Facebook Page.
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Friday, March 8, 2019

THIERRY MUGLER shines in Montreal!

Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator; Manfred Thierry Mugler, creator; and Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, MMFA. Photo: © Max Abadian 
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The luxurious opening gala last February 25th
hosted jet setters from around the world.
Above a few well-known
friends of Mugler!

• Last week was totally taken over by the dazzling events happening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts! The extraordinary creator Manfred Thierry Mugler was in Montreal to launch the exhibition THIERRY MUGLER COUTURISSIME a look at his amazing career and diverse practices through the last decades. I had so much fun investigating his life path. I have attached links in the article.

• The exhibition begins with the stunning costumes he designed for La Tragédie de Macbeth . They are appropriately dark and gorgeous. One exhibition hall after the next reveal his role in the evolution of a unique era populated with great artists like David Bowie, for whom he designed the costumes for his 1979 video Boys Keep Swinging; George Michael for Too Funky; to Zumanity for Cirque du Soleil!

• He is a very sexy person and his work in many disciplines is all spiced up by this energetic sensual undertone and exuberance. But he is also very disciplined. For example you will rarely see an image of him or produced by him that has not been well and deliberately crafted. The portrait I took of him at the conference for example is not haphazard. The lights had already been calibrated for optimum excellence no matter who would take the photo. I kind of loved that.

Photos © Lena Ghio, 2019
Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, MMFA, has said that she believes Haute Couture to be the only art form people can walk around in. She has been very instrumental in bringing to Montreal the works of great designers such as Yves Saint-Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier and now Manfred Thierry Mugler. She has rightfully said that very few people in the world get to assist in a live fashion show and the exhibitions she presents give all of us a chance to look at the delicious clothes as close as we can get to it. There is spectacular beauty everywhere you look. 

• Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator, made a name for himself when he curated the highly successful Jean Paul Gaultier: de la rue aux étoiles (2011-2016) followed by Love is Love: le mariage pour tous selon Jean Paul Gaultier (2017-2018). His speciality is the exhaustive research he puts into both the exhibition and the catalogs that accompany them. This is reflected by the multiple photographs, videos, and documents that support the story behind the work. 

• A great exhibition is produced by many talented people. Again an astonishing line up: Philipp Fürhofer, Michel Lemieux, Rodeo FX, Tord Bootje for the scenography and special effects. There is a slew of conferences and cultural activities in association with the exhibition like The Sewing Box!

••••••••••••••••• MONTRÉAL COUTURE •••••••••••••••••
The morning after the gala, February 26th 2019, everybody gathers for the official press conference. Here, Montreal designers. Photos © Lena Ghio, 2019

• Madame Bondil, an art connoisseur of the highest caliber, had the brilliant insight to include in the overall exhibition the great Montreal designers that follow:

Presented in conjunction with the retrospective Thierry Mugler: Couturissime and curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, this exhibition pays tribute to the talent of 10 local creators and collectives. Montreal Couture is the first exhibition to bring together the creations of three Quebec fashion icons: Marie Saint Pierre, with her precise, timeless cuts that marry style and function; Philippe Dubuc, whose debut collection reinvented menswear; and Denis Gagnon, who swept the fashion scene with his irreverent style and haute couture approach. The exhibition is also an opportunity to discover the distinct world of stylist Helmer Joseph, who blends elegance, romanticism and savoir-faire with his Haitian roots; creator Ying Gao, who mixes industrial design, architecture, robotics and sensory experimentation with interactive media; Marie-Ève Lecavalier, winner of the prestigious Chloé Prize; and duo Fecal Matter, formed by Montrealers Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran, who combine fashion, music and performance. Up-and-coming fashion designers will also be showcased in the modern and technical streetwear of Atelier New Regime, the bespoke suits of Nathon Kong and the gothic-exotic style of MARKANTOINE.

A sampling of Montréal Couture. Photos © Lena Ghio, 2019 
Both exhibitions run until September 8 2019


Thursday, February 28, 2019

I LOVE MONTREAL NEWS! + La Nuit Blanche 2019

A Thierry Mugler original!

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There is a lot happening in March! To launch the month La Nuit Blanche, an annual event that allows you to visit endless cultural activities throughout the wee hours of the night on March 2nd. Many events listed here will be ongoing.

• The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts offers a great opportunity to visit the latest exhibition featuring the stunning works of renowned fashion icon Thierry Mugler "THIERRY MUGLER: CREATURES OF HAUTE COUTURE" at half-price this March 2nd. I am preparing a more in depth article but let me just say FA-BU-LOUS!!! But there are more activities at the Museum for La Nuit Blanche check this link

I also visited the exhibition A Model in the Studio
Montreal 1880-1950 curated by Jacques Des Rochers, curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945). EXQUISITE! Below I share my favorite drawing by Ernst Neumann. It is just perfect! Several characters unite around the central form, the shading and highlights are at perfect pitch and the details just captivate me. It is a very small drawing and that is surprisingly difficult to do.

Ernst Neumann, Studio Scenes No.1: The Strong Man, 1931
from the exhibition A Model in the Studio
Montreal 1880-1950 curated by
Jacques Des Rochers, curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945)
• Art Souterrain has its official launch on the night of La Nuit Blanche  ← This year the theme of the event is Le Vrai du Faux where artists from here and around the world question what is real from what is fake. Very compelling stuff that will surprise you! The event is ongoing until will March 24.

• The exciting Centre Phi is offering an exciting event for La Nuit Blanche:

On March 2, Phi invites festivalgoers to experience 2040: Year/After during this year's Nuit blanche à Montréal.

-A contemplative installation, musical performances, a tasting station and more: the Phi Centre’s 2040: Year/After event invites spectators to look ahead twenty years in the future.
March 2  From 9 PM Free 18 +
2040: for better and for worse

Meanwhile DHC/ART presents with Leisure Art workshop and access to the Jasmina Cibic exhibition
Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 7 PM to midnight
451 & 465 Saint-Jean Street
Free admission

Oli Sorenson will give a performance
 on March 2 for Art Souterrain starting at 6:00 PM
• LA GUILDE is also proposing fun activities:

This Saturday, March 2nd, will take place B*I*N*G*O, the event La Guilde is presenting in the context of Nuit Blanche à Montréal.  We'll be awaiting you from 8 P.M. to 1 A.M. for a thrillling night of Indigenous bingo hosted by Sylvain Rivard (Quebecer-Abenaki) and three Indigenous artists (Huron-Wendat, Mohawk and Inuit).

Evening program
8 to 9 p.m. – Live installation
9 to 9:30 p.m. – Spoken word by Guy Sioui Durand
9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Bingo games

• News about the MAC’s activities in 2019
On April 9, 2018, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) unveiled the premise of its major transformation project, along with the new Musée’s preliminary plans, designed by Quebec-based architectural consortium Saucier+Perrotte Architectes/GLCRM & Associés Architectes. With construction work slated to begin in 2019, the project’s partners reviewed the schedule presented as part of this announcement after further analysis. The new schedule’s details will be announced in the next few months. In the meantime, the MAC is thrilled to announce that it will continue to offer its activities in its current facilities on Sainte-Catherine Street until fall 2020. Until the launch of its next exhibitions in summer 2019, the MAC will continue to offer some of its activities, including the March Break Day Camp, from March 4 to 8, 2019; the SéminArtseducational program, which will feature three new series this winter; as well as the Fondation du MAC’s events, including the next edition of Les Printemps du MAC in April. The MAC will soon make a more detailed announcement on its summer schedule.


Friday, February 22, 2019

DOUBLES VIES d'Olivier Assayas

Bande Annonce 

Le nouveau film d'Olivier Assayas ouvre dans le bureau d'Alain (Guillaume Canet), patron d’une grande maison d’édition, où il est en conversation avec Léonard (Vincent Macaigne), un des auteurs de cette maison. Là s'entame la discussion qui soustendra tous les récits du film: l'impact des nouvelles technologies sur l'industrie de l'édition des livres.

Les personnages sont cérébraux, froids, sauf quelques exceptions comme quand Selena (Juliette Binoche), l'épouse d'Alain, verse quelques larmes alors qu'elle rompt sa relation avec Léonard de peur que celui-ci s'inspire de leur aventure sexuelle pour écrire son prochain roman. 

Tous les personnages sauf Valérie (Nora Hamzawi) ont une double vie mais personne ne semble en souffrir. Seul les questions sur le marché du livre semble perturbé ce groupe.

Dans les Cinémas de Montréal dès aujourd'hui.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

HOW TO MASTER THE STARS • Healing Nature Challenge • Phase 2

On February 6, 2016,  I set up my bowl of water to see how water would respond to the healing mandalas I had done through the years. I call this practice Emerge Art as my objective is to capture water and light when they jump outside the boundaries of reason and the current scientifically accepted understanding of the laws of nature to form amazing images. In this Emerge Art, ( The Bird, © -LENA GHIO , 2019 ) a bird with a large colorful tail appeared, the closest in real life is a large tailed dove. It took me years to see it. In the context of this series of article, I use Emerge Art to impress upon you that your art practice can impact molecules around you. AND even if you are not an artist, your creative actions also have an impact. Let's heal our planet! 
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A VERY SPECIAL CHALLENGE  ( page 1 for details)

Large tailed dove
Mastering the stars works when Celestial Mechanics propels Gravity forward as it builds up phenomena along repeating motifs as the planets advance in their cycles and form geometric alignments to one another AND to previous planetary alignments. This week the Sun and Mercury in Aquarius, that were conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius in late November 2018 when I used it to launch the art challenge, form a week long sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius. This represents a phase of expansion in the original design. If you participated in the art challenge, you will see growth resulting from your effort.

• The phenomena you can experience can be manifestations of synchronicity, dreams, inspirations thatsextile is active, the encounters are with like-minded individuals and very pleasant.
seem to come out of the blue, and meaningful encounters with others. When the

Mercury is exalted in Aquarius. Aquarius rules humanity as a whole, as a unified force. It is time to communicate about our common desires to improve the climate crisis. We should exercise our communication skills even if it is not clear yet that our efforts are effective. I am taking a step in this direction by sharing this article with you. 

• Here are some guidelines to imagine and improve on our intention to heal nature:

-What can we do now?
-What would it look like if the climate conditions were improving now?
-What are we doing that makes this improvement happen?
-How will we circulate around the world in a healthier way?
-How can we get positively motivated to get going on handling the climate crisis?
-What can we do everyday that will make our planet whole again?
-What technologies will be the best to assist our planet's healing journey?


-I took the first step for you by launching this article when Mercury in Aquarius  is exactly sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius while being quintile to Uranus in Aries, the ruler of the stars from the perspective of astrology. This means your reactions to the ideas proposed here can capitalize on the meaning of the original planetary configurations of this article. In other words, the stars I have mastered to produce this article becomes a foundation to your own initiatives in line with healing our planet.
-The New Moon in Aquarius this February 4th indicates a great moment to initiate a new beginnings. It is quintile Uranus that is ruled by Mars in Aries that rules over Uranus in Aries. Quintiles represent the will of human beings.
-February 7 or 8 depending on where you live, Sun in Aquarius is exactly sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius. Benevolent forces collaborate with us to get our intent to repair nature manifest. On top of that, the exalted Mercury in Aquarius is sextile Mars in his home Aries! We are actively communicating and we will get great results.
-On the 9th Mercury in Aquarius is sextile Uranus in Aries for the last time in our lifetime. Then on the 18th it is the Sun in Aquarius that forms the sextile to Uranus in Aries for the last time in our lifetime. A lot of innovative solutions will manifest.
REMEMBER that even if the action you take during the planetary alignments proposed here are as tiny as writing an affirmation, drawing a first draft of your intent, or creating a wish board that action will reverberate in the fecund fields of universal creation and YOU WILL see results.

To verify for the exact times for the alignments in your location, go to

 Look up page 2  to get the gist of the challenge I have invited the world to take that involves the power of art.  I hope you tune in and share your experiences on this Facebook Page.

Thursday, January 31, 2019


DHC/ART Education  
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• Black History Month begins this week-end! Check the link to find out about the great activities you can enjoy while discovering a rich culture that has been mostly ignored. Meanwhile Tableau d'Hôte Theatre is presenting BLACKOUT :

In 1969, students occupied the computer centre on the 9th floor of the Hall Building of what is now Concordia University to protest the university’s mismanagement of a racism complaint lodged by West-Indian students against their biology professor. Riot police were called in when an agreement to end the occupation fell through, resulting in widespread damage, a mysterious fire, and over a hundred arrests. Created and devised by some of Montréal’s most prolific artists, Blackout re-examines the events the led to the occupation and protests, asking how race relations have changed in Québec over the last 50 years.
Blackout: the Concordia Computer
Riots was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.

The Goethe Institut is presenting  Carte blanche à Denis Côté
                        Denis Côté présentera sa carte blanche
En présence de Denis Côté et Thomas Arslan

The artist Leila Zelli has won the 2019 Impressions Residency competition. This competition began in 2013 and is designed to give a young artist from Montreal's rich diversity the opportunity to utilize the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts collection to create art that will later be exhibited at the Conseil des Arts de Montréal's headquarters. She will focus mainly on objects from Iran to produce her work.

ARISING by Yoko Ono 
DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, that will be renamed Fondation phi pour l’art contemporain in April 2019, is hosting the  Jasmina Cibic exhibition Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear until March 3rd this year. The Foundation also offers a fun educational program that is free and a wondrful opportunity to flex your creative muscle. Take a look at  A Dance of Symbols

The next exhibition at Fondation phi pour l'art contemporain will feature none other than Yoko Ono and she is inviting the women of Montreal to share their stories with her. Go to this link to share your story.