When Roland met Lan Ding
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AC/CALI/ES/EXPOSITIONSWhen Roland met Lan DingRoland Bastien, Installation view.Roland Bastien has been in town for a few years, twenty-five or thereabouts, but as a sensitive struggling young artist he still knows where he is coming from. Liu Lan Ding rolled into town in time for Christmas 1991 on the VIA sleigh from Toronto, her native Chong Qing's Canadian twin city, before catching the AMTRAK down to the fast lane in the Apple on May Day 1992. She has been on the road now since I first met her on her arrival in North America at Banff, Alberta, in August 1990, where we had both gone for a course at the invitation of The Banff Centre.In the few years that Roland has been in Montreal he has produced a lot of artwork, music and performance. Last summer saw him in an exhibition with a Toronto Haitian artist, Roland Jean, at Harbourfront. "Roland Bastien's educational background in art began in 1969 in Haiti, at the École des beaux-arts. His immersion in Canadian art took place at l'Université du Québec à Montreal between 1976 and 1979. ...Choosing as his battleground the concept of art, Bastien, in a 1991 exhibition at Harbourfront's York Quay Gallery entitled Does Postmodern ArtBreed Inaction?, irreverently interrogated postmodernism."1This summer it's back to Toronto for an exhibition at Power Plant, June 26 to September 7. "Like the other artists, Bastien represents the richness, diversity and complexity that exist in the non-monolithic black communities across Canada. ...Bastien's installation, in the far right comer of the North Gallery, consists of three circles of three metres each. Inside the first circle, which is inscribed on the wall to the right, are twelve luminescence tubes that simulate waves. On each eclectic wave are the names of specific ethnic groups from which slaves were shipped to America. ...according to Bastien they allude to the 'soul presence' of the successive waves of Africans who were forcibly brought to the New World to begin the...
|Auteur :||Mike Molter|
|Titre :||When Roland met Lan Ding|
|Revue :||ETC, Numéro 20, novembre 1992, février 1993, p. 28-31|
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