On the walls: the art you need to see this week

Conflict Resolution
Kota Ezawa’s “Take Off” (2013), digital animation. Presented as part of the Conflict Resolution group show.

Tonight, there are several new exhibits unveiling around the city.

First up, two new shows open tonight, Oct. 10, in the Belgo Building (372 Ste-Catherine W.). At PFOAC, Edward Maloney curates Conflict Resolution, a collection of digital video and animated works by five artists (vernissage 5–8 p.m., #216), while Galerie B-312 hosts a solo exhibition of geometric abstract paintings by Karine Fréchette (vernissage 5:30 p.m., #403). Also tonight, Galerie Division (2020 William) welcomes two artists’ work: Toronto-based painter Stephen Andrews’ depictions of crowds will hang alongside Montreal photographer Vincent Lafrance’s eerie sparse landscapes (vernissage 5–7 p.m.).

Friday, Oct. 11, the Belgo gets two more art parties. Galerie les Territoires celebrates its fifth anniversary with a group show, Truly Yours, featuring works by the gallery’s impressive stable of artists, including Manuel Mathieu, Sayeh Sarfarez and Léa Trudel (vernissage 5–7 p.m., #527). Down the hall, Rats 9 (#530) launches protest/show Does This Bother You?, the activist gallery’s response to a provincial anti-homophobia campaign that instead produces “straight-washed” images of gay couples. The vernissage takes place Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., and the gallery hosts a discussion with leaders and artists from the LGBTQ community Oct. 15 at 5 p.m., both events free.

Over the weekend, Mario Côté’s Tables d’écoute, a collection of paintings inspired by the act of translation in music, video and choreography, comes to Galerie Trois Points (Belgo Building, #520, vernissage Oct. 12, 3 p.m.). Finally, don’t miss the chance to see Jonas Mekas’ In Praise of the Ordinary, a collection of works from the artist’s project documenting his life on a daily basis over a year-long period (on Oct. 11–26, PHI Centre, 407 St-Pierre, free).  ■

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