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Over the years I have produced site-sensitive installation works for solo and group exhibitions and maintained a research-based drawing practice. Working in a range of media and formats, I am concerned with social and political issues with particular reference to history and cultural/class differences in contemporary life. My explorations often take the form of mapping, writing and dreaming as I search for what needs to be expressed. A similar process is at play in my sculptural works.
The themes and methods of my practice express the tension between academic knowledge and experimental forms of knowledge based on my interest in collective practices and community engagement.
Gail Bourgeois is a founding member of Powerhouse Gallery (La Centrale, Montréal) and has founded or formed part of a dozen artists’ collectives. Invited to engage with the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, she presented a research based solo exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery (catalogue essay by Rebecca Basciano, 2016). In 2013-2014, she was invited to be the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, where she prepared her exhibition To Warn Other Canadians (catalogue essay by Marcia Lea, 2014). Previous solo exhibitions include: Incidental things, Research-in-Art Project Room (catalogue essay by Petra Halkes, 2011) and Particle Factor, IPO Gallery (publication essay by Natasha Mazurka, 2008), both in Ottawa, Ontario. New works were presented in a two-person exhibition titled Stories Nearby at the Karsh-Masson Gallery (catalogue essay by Nancy Baele, 2016). In February 2018, she will present Accommodating the details in a solo exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Ottawa School of Art. Gail Bourgeois holds an MFA from Concordia University (Montréal, Québec) and has been shown professionally since 1985.