ALEX BERIAULT: PARALLELED: JUNE 8- JULY 2, 2017
NO FOUNDATION presents Alex Beriault’s two-channel video installation, Paralleled.
Paralleled uses the documentation from Beriault’s original art installation Parallels, which was commissioned by and presented at the 2016 eleven-day in/Future exhibition at Ontario Place, Toronto.
Parallels was a manufactured island that intersected performance with sculpture: at once an object, a fragment of architecture, and a platform that hosted both Alex and her brother, Andrew Beriault. The installation floated on Lake Ontario within the middle of a canal, isolating Alex & Andrew from surrounding viewers. A single wall divided the pair from each other on the platform, inhibiting their ability to see or speak to one-another. The only dialogue they shared was through the action of a strike. One at a time, back-and-forth, each partner pushed his and her body into the boundary between them. Both were engaged in a continuum of action & reaction, colliding into the wall that prevented (yet suggested) an impact between him and her.
Situated in the window space of NO FOUNDATION, Paralleled employs two tube monitors displayed within a plinth-like apparatus that conveys the structure of a tuning fork. As well, the form of the window installation references the original form of the performative installation from in/Future. Both monitors play slowed down, synchronized video of the actions that were implemented by Alex & Andrew on either side of the wall. By altering the pacing of time and manipulating the screen frames, Beriault augments the footage taken from the live performance, extending it by re-contextualizing it into a looped moving painting.
Alex Beriault graduated as the recipient of the Sculpture/Installation medal from OCAD University in 2014. She obtained her BFA from Sculpture/Installation with a minor in Drawing & Painting. Her art practice intersects performance with installation, and creates complex experiences for both herself and for the viewer.
Beriault operates as a catalyst in her work. Her sculptures become platforms for an experience where the constructed objects influence the object maker. These situations disturb the tacit etiquette that delegate people’s relative positions, and a question rises in suspension:
How do ‘I’ understand myself in relation to ‘You’?
Alex Beriault’s work has been featured in publications including C Magazine, The Senses and Society, Magenta Magazine and University of Toronto’s The Varsity. She has exhibited projects with The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Toronto International Art Fair (ART TORONTO), The Ontario Science Center, and most recently with Art Spin’s in/Future exhibition at Ontario Place. In addition to participating in shows/festivals in Texas, Italy, Newfoundland and Toronto, her work has been the subject of presentation at the annual Museums and the Web Conference in Chicago in 2015. Beriault has given artist talks at OCAD University, University of Toronto, and the Athens School of Fine Art in Greece.