Happening: Gothic Kitsch Workshop with Karen Tam

Free admission
Date and time
Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 2 PM to 5 PM

This Sunday March 19, join DHC/ART Education for a Happening! Co-hosted with local artist Karen Tam, the Happening marks the end of the workshop Gothic Kitsch.

Karen will be in the Education room to facilitate a special edition of the workshop titled Cathédrale du Temp(o)s.

For this event, participants will collaborate on creating the ultimate model Tempo shelter. Using 3D pens, we will join both the existing Tempos on display from previous workshops, as well as make newer ones and add flying buttresses, columns, spires, and other features to help build this bigger structure.

The Happening is ongoing, free of charge, and open to all visitors. No reservation is required.

Gothic Kitsch is the result of a collaboration between Karen Tam and DHC/ART Education in conjunction with the exhibition Wim Delvoye.

Drop-in workshop (bilingual): 2 to 5 PM @ 465 St-Jean Street


In her own work, Karen Tam shares with Delvoye the use of craft, ornament, and humour to explore different ideas about identity, authenticity, and commodification. She creates and replicates environments and objects such as Chinese restaurants, curio shops and antique porcelain vases, using different materials from the originals. She comments on historical or cultural spaces and attitudes in order to gain a deeper understanding of these places and things through the process of making.

Since the 2000s, her works have been regularly exhibited at venues such as New York’s The Drawing Center, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She was a finalist for the Prix en art actuel from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in 2016 and has received numerous grants and fellowships. Current exhibitions are being held at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (QC), EXPRESSION, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe (QC), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (BC), and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau (Montréal, QC). Tam holds a MFA in Sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths (University of London). She is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau.

Photo: Marc-Olivier Bécotte

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