Lorna Bauer

Montreal-based artist Lorna Bauer’s photography, sculpture, and installation provide a material and visual investigation into ideas and experiences generated from sustainability and ecologies of lived environments. Focusing then blurring and destabilizing boundaries of form are techniques used to instill tensions and correlations between the built and the natural. Summoning specific historical and cultural figures, architectural sites, and legacies, Bauer has developed a body of work that is wide ranging from topics such as utopian gardens to Amazonian botanists, underground mushroom cultivation in the Parisian catacombs to a philosopher’s archived love letters describing the flora and fauna of Ibiza.

Born in Toronto (ON), Lorna Bauer lives and works in Montreal (QC). She recently presented her work at Franz Kaka, Clint Roenisch Gallery (Toronto) Darling Foundry, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Gallery Nicolas Robert (Montréal) Model Projects (Vancouver), Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery (Athens) among other venues. Bauer has participated in numerous national and international residencies, including stays at Despina-Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro; The Couvent des Récollets, Paris; the Quebec-New York Studio Residency; The Banff Centre, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida), working with Josiah McElheny. Most recently Bauer was awarded the 2018 Barbara Sphor Memorial Award that supports the development of Canadian contemporary photography.


Selected Artworks


+ CV

EDUCATION

2009 - MFA, University of Toronto, Toronto (ON)

2005 - BFA, Concordia University, Montreal (QC)

RESIDENCIES

2019

  • Banff Centre, BaiR, Banff (AB)

2018

  • Québec - Ontario Residency, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Snehta international residency program, Athens, Greece

2017

  • Artist in Residence at Despina-Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Snehta, Athens (Greece)

2016

  • Atlantic Center for the Arts with Josiah McElheny, New Smyrna Beach, FL (USA)
  • Québec Artist In Residence, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (BC)

2014

  • Production Residency, Sagamie, Alma (QC)

2013

  • Couvent Des Récollets, Paris, France

2013

  • Dazibao-Prim (with Jon Knowles), PRIM, Montreal (QC)

2013

  • Production Residency, DAIMON, Gatineau (QC)

2012

  • Québec - New York Residency, New York, NY (USA)

COLLECTIONS

Collection Loto-Québec

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP Collection

Collection of Art In Buildings

Medcan Collection

TD Bank Collection

Hudson Bay Compagnie Collection

Collection Majudia

National Bank of Canada

Collection Prêt d'oeuvres d'art (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec)

Desjardins Royal Bank of Canada

Clevenand Clinic

GRANTS AND DISTINCTION

2018

  • Barbara Spohr Award, co-recipient with Laurie Kang
  • Development Grant, Canada Art Council

2016

  • Research and Creation Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Travel Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2015

  • Production Grant, Canada Art Council

2015

  • Travel Grant, Canada Art Council

2013

  • Research and Creation grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2012

  • Production Grant, Canada Art Council

2011

  • Research and Creation Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2010

  • Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2009

  • Fellowship, University of Toronto, Toronto (ON)

2008

  • Fellowship, University of Toronto, Toronto (ON)

2008

  • Bernard Herman Scholarship, University of Toronto, Toronto (ON)

+ Solo Exhibitions

2019

  • Untitled Art, San Francisco (USA)

2018

  • Tools for Idlers, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)
  • The Hand of Mee, Franz Kaka gallery, Toronto (ON)

2016

  • A Courtyard (with Edwin Isford), curated by CK2, The Loon, Toronto (ON)
  • Soleil, Fonderie Darling, Montréal (QC)

  • A Courtyard, with Edwin Isford, curated by CK2, The Loon, Toronto (ON)
  • Blue Fountain, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)


2015

  • Rent, with Jon Knowles, Model Projects, Vancouver (BC)

  • Soleil, Modern Fuel, Kingston (ON)


2014

  • The Cinematographer, with Jon Knowles, La Mirage, Montréal (QC)

  • Rotations, with Jon Knowles, Dazibao, Montréal (QC)


2012

  • Grey is a Colour, Grat is a color, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)
  • Dress Un Dress, with Jon Knowles, programed by Flavio Trevisan and Scott Sørli, Convenience Gallery, Toronto (ON)
  • Dress Un Dress, with Jon Knowles, curated by Michel Daignault, La Vitrine, Montréal (QC)

2010

  • What Is Not But Could Be If, What Could Appear In The Morning Mist Sporobole, Sherbrooke (QC)
  • What Is Not But Could Be If, YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto (ON)


2009

  • Cycle of Return, Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal (QC)
  • Horizon, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Projection Access Space, Mississauga (ON)

+ Group Exhibitions

2019

  • May West, Vicki Projects, Newburge (NY)

2018

  • Wild Inside, Clint Roenisch Gallery, curated by Pamela Meredith, Toronto (ON)
  • Quoetus Floreus, Galerie Nicolas Robert
  • Touch me, remind me who I am, Snehta Gallery, Athènes, Grèce

2017

  • The Conditions of Production, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens, Greece

2016

  • Past PRESENT Future, Erin Stump Projects, Toronto (ON)
    • It even suggests that one can plan a complex, curated by Christophe Barbeau, In This Apartment Gallery, Québec (QC)
  • Bakers Dozen, curated by Jessica Kirsh and Stephani Creaghan, CK2 Gallery, New York, NY (USA)

2015

  • Exposition d’été, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2014

  • UPSHOT, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, (MB)
  • Upshot, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon (MB)

  • Almost Everything, The Eric Arthur Gallery, Toronto (ON)


2012

  • Mouvement, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montreal (QC)

  • L'esprit de l'escalier, with Jon Knowles, Vincent Bonin and Yuki Higashino, Art Metropole, Toronto (ON)


2011

  • Le travail qui nous attends, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (QC)

  • Decisive moments, Somewhere else, Trinity Square Video, Toronto (ON)

+ Press and publications

2018

  • SHARPE, Emma (2018). « Lorna Bauer », Canadian Art, [En ligne], published december 18, https://bit.ly/2DkEGQc.
  • EL-SHEIKH, Tammer (2018). « Coetus Floreus at Galerie Nicolas Robert », Akimbo, [En ligne], published august 1st, https://bit.ly/2DkKdWW.

2017

  • SA, Alexandre (2017). « The hand of mee and the moonflower », Rio de Janeiro : Despina.

2016

  • CAMPBELL, James D (2016). « Lorna Bauer, Exhibition Review », Magenta Foundation Magazine, [En ligne], spring, https://bit.ly/2DhmfvG.
  • CLEMENT, Eric (2016). « Lorna Bauer : le sens du focus », La Presse, [En ligne], published april 9, https://bit.ly/2VRNUKX.
  • RODGERS, Kevin (2016). « Le murmure muet », Exhibition Essay, Soleil, [En ligne], https://bit.ly/2VQIBvs.

2015

  • HOU, Julian (2015). « Surfing the margins », Bartleby Review, édition 40, published in september.
  • Eddy, Michael. “ Senzo Titolo” Exhibition essay, Soleil, Modern Fuel, Kingston, Ontario. Higoshino, Yuki “The Food is Getting Cold” Exhibition essay, Soleil, Modern Fuel, Kingston, Ontario.

2014

  • GUILBERT, Charles (2014). « Des images au néant (et vice versa) », Ciel Variable, [En ligne], fall, https://bit.ly/2KKDtYH.
  • CHARRON, Marie-Eve (2014). « Trois expositions qui ont l’objectif à l’œil », Le Devoir,[En ligne], published june 21, https://bit.ly/2KMIb8h.

2013

  • HORNE, Stephen (2013). « Grey is a Colour, Gray is a Color », Ciel Variable, [En ligne], spring-summer, https://bit.ly/2IEWuJw.
  • BONIN, Vincent (2013). « Perdre de Vue », Exhibition essay, Grey is a colour, Gray is a color, [En ligne], https://bit.ly/2Go6DHJ.
  • GOODEN, Sky (2013). « Lorna Bauer Challenges the Limitations of Photography », Blouin Art Info, [En ligne], published March 13, https://bit.ly/2IqtdD6.

2012

  • HORNE, Stephen (2012). « The Quebec Triennial 2011 », Border Crossings, [En ligne], published in February.
  • STEELE, April (2012). « Decisive Moments, Uncertain Times/Decisive Moments, Somewhere Else », Magenta Foundation Magazine, [En ligne], winter, https://bit.ly/2PfgxPJ.
  • BOCK, Anja (2012). « The Quebec Triennial: The Work Ahead of Us, Musée d’art Contemporain », Art Papers, published in January-February, p. 44.

2011

  • BRISCO, Willie (2011). « Montreal Cerebral Art Scene Gets Its Due at the Quebec Triennial », Art Info, [En ligne], published in November, https://bit.ly/2Gortqb.
  • BAIRD, Daniel (2011). « The Quebec Triennial: Eyes Front. », Canadian Art, [En ligne], published in october, https://bit.ly/2Pk3Hju.
  • PETIT, Matthieu (2011). « Trompe-l’œil », Voir, [En ligne], published in April, https://bit.ly/2UHeE4B.
  • LANCTOT, M, M, FRASER, JOHNSTONE, L, F, LETOURNEUX et SIMARD, L (2011). « This Modernity, La Triennale Québécoise 2011: Le travail qui nous attend », Musée d’Art Contemporain.
  • KNOWLES, Jon (2011). « Above, Below, Before, After », Exhibition Essay, What Is Not But Could Be If, What Could Appear In The Morning Mist, [En ligne], https://bit.ly/2GknbjI.

2010

  • ADLER, Dan (2010). « Lorna Bauer, YYZ Artist Outlet », Art Forum Review, [En ligne], published in October, https://bit.ly/2IDqZPN.
  • (2010). « See it, Bauer, Gorlitz & Olejnik: The Spaces Between », Canadian Art, published in May.

2009

  • GAGNON, Jean Philippe (2009). « Cycle du retour, morcellement du réel et lumière par les failles. Portrait d’une œuvre de Lorna Bauer. », Archee Magazine, [En ligne], published in Jully, https://bit.ly/2Zky8uy.
  • (2009), « See it, Cycle of return », Canadian Art, summer.
  • CARR-HARRIS, Ian (2009). « Lorna Bauer », Catalogue essay, Master’s of Visual Studies Graduating Exhibition, published in April.