BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//132.216.177.160//NONSGML kigkonsult.se iCalcreator 2.18// BEGIN:VEVENT UID:20180419T024501EDT-0908HSh3pk@132.216.177.160 DTSTAMP:20180419T064501Z DESCRIPTION:\n Trace\, late 14th century\, “to make a plan or diagram”\, fro m Old French\, 12th century\, trasser “delineate\, score\, trace\, follow\ , pursue”.\n\n\nMateria Medica is an exhibition of recent work by Montreal artist Loren Williams.  Invited by the Osler Library of the History of Me dicine to create a body of work on the theme of Montreal’s medical history \, and recipient of the Michele Larose - Osler library Artist in Residence Programme for 2017\, the artist combines artifacts from the Osler collect ion with collected and created traces of Montreal’s medical past.\n\nThe w ork in this exhibition draws inspiration from books and artifacts in the O sler Library as well as a wide variety of other sources.  In particular\, early maps of the city offer a form of time travel\, indicating the locati on of the first hospitals and their large gardens used for food and medici nal plants.  Three hundred year old streets such as rue de l’Hopital and r ue des Soeurs Grises still exist in Montreal today\, drawing direct lines to Montreal’s medical history\, as do streets named Jeanne Mance\, Marguer ite d’Youville and Penfield.\n\nInterested in these traces that reference Montreal’s medical heritage\, Loren Williams has created a body of images that form a shadow archive. Images of medicinal plants used by the First P eoples and early settlers in Montreal were created using a 19th century ca mera-less photographic process called Cyanotype.  The blue coloured images reveal the shadowy forms and details of the plants.  They are like paper X-rays\, made from a simple photographic process that uses UV rays\, ie. s unlight\, to expose the image\, and water to develop it\, sun and water­­ being the same basic ingredients required by plants. \n\nOver the course o f a year\, the artist followed charted streets and routes that link Montre al’s past and present. Using epidemiological maps\, she explored the sites and neighbourhoods of the city’s devastating outbreaks of Typhus\, Choler a\, Small Pox and Tuberculosis.  Other plans of the city led her to sites of hospitals\, asylums and the longest duel in Canadian history over the b uilding of a new hospital.\n\nLike the collected plants that echo an early botanical pharmacy\, Loren Williams also collected and created other trac es of medical history.  X-rays and teeth molds reveal the body’s structure s\, fractures and medical interventions. First aid kits and their compartm ents double as garden plans for medicinal plants\, while hospital architec ture is represented in the form of postcards the shape of library index ca rds.\n\nThese works\, presented with artifacts from the Osler Library coll ection\, bring together images and objects from the realm of science\, art and everyday life\, offering an eclectic\, less rational\, interconnected perspective of Montreal’s medical history. \n\n-----\n\nWe acknowledge th e support of the Canada Council for the Arts\, which last year invested $1 53 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.\n Nous re mercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier\, le C onseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.\n\nLoren Williams is a v isual artist working predominantly in photography. The passage of time\, n atural history\, museums and obsolete photographic technologies are the in spiration and vocabulary of her practice. Frequently there is a connection between the artwork and the site where it is presented. \n\nOriginally fr om the Kootenays in British Columbia\, Loren Williams moved to Montreal in 1993 and received her BFA honours in photography at Concordia University. She has received awards and grants from the federal and provincial art co uncils and has exhibited her work nationally.\n\nLoren Williams extends mu ch gratitude to Michele Larose\, the Osler Library for the History of Medi cine\, and the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous contribution to this residency and exhibition project.\n DTSTART:20171213T223000Z DTEND:20180504T210000Z LOCATION:Osler Library of the History of Medicine\, 3rd floor\, McIntyre Me dical Building\, CA\, QC\, Montreal\, H3G 1Y6\, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler SUMMARY:Exhibition | Materia Medica URL:http://www.mcgill.ca/arts/channels/event/exhibition-materia-medica-2829 10 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR