Québec City, March 27, 2018 – From April 6 to May 6, 2018, to mark the arrival of spring, Materia welcomes the exhibition Aiguilles en feu by Montreal artists Vanessa Yanow and Montserrat Duran Muntadas. The opening with the artists attending will be on Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m.

Aiguilles en feu gathers two artists from the universe of textile and glass. Vanessa Yanow’s series To Give Wing is made of textile pieces created at the beginning of the 20th century by anonymous women. Deeming them incomplete, the artist turns the pieces into sculptures, each one crossing the bridge between past and present, between craft and art, between handmade and technology. Montserrat Duran Muntadas’ installations combine the intimate and the public. The artist depicts abnormality, notably the inability to procreate, in a process of acceptance and beauty. It results in pieces where deformity becomes an ornament, and where notions of inner space and “visceral art” become literal.

Materia is proud to pursue its mission by showing the work of Québécois artists who foster a reflection on the relevance of tackling the feminine and women’s work in the context of contemporary art.

About Vanessa Yanow
Vanessa Yanow is a Montreal-born and based artist. Her work combines textile, flameworked glass and found objects. Although rooted in visual arts, her work defies all categorizations. A bachelor in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD – USA), her sculptural works can be seen in museums in Canada, as well as in galleries and international art fairs. Her works are part of the Ville de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec’s permanent collections. In 2001, she cofounded Corrid’Art/The Long Hall, a workspace for local visual artists, galleries and non-profit organizations.

About Montserrat Duran Muntadas
Dividing her time between Canada and Spain, Montserrat Duran Muntadas combine glass with silver, paper, fabric, and other organic materials. A graduate from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona in 2010 and from the l’Escuela del Vidrio à la Real Fabrica de Cristales de La Granja in 2007, she was awarded an internship at the Centre européen de recherche et formation aux arts verriers (CERFAV) in France. In 2008, she created her own brand of glass jewellery. She then took part in over 30 collective exhibitions, and set up her own solo exhibition in 2015 at the Galerie Espace Verre in Montréal. Her works are exhibited in Canada, the United States, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Materia is an artist-run centre whose mission is to disseminate and promote research and creation in the field of contemporary fine crafts, on a national and international level.