‘We’re really in the honeymoon stage of the collaborative relationship,” Tim Rechner says, prompting a laugh of confirmation from Patrick Arès-Pilon, who comprises the other part of that “we.” Sitting in the window-lit front room of Mile Zero Dance’s Spazio Performativo, the pair are surrounded by the results of their newly shared process: the tangles of painted-on film strips, pivoting angles of yarn over photograms and frenetic splashes of paint on paper that make up Air Cacophonique / Protest Song.
“That’s what’s really nice about this exhibit,” Arès-Pilon notes. “We could really push the maximum capacity as to how we can cover the walls.”
They’d worked together before—notably at a show at dc3 Art Projects—but Air Cacophonique / Protest Song emerged in the wake of another project’s delay. Rechner had been in talks for an exhibit at La Cité Francophone’s gallery: he approached Arès-Pilon about joining him, and while the Cité exhibition was ultimately pushed back (it’s now set for September), the chance to do something at Mile Zero arrived— Arès-Pilon is also Mile Zero’s visual outreach coordinator—and the pair went for it. They’ve filled the vertical space in Spazio’s storefront segment; in the back, the performance space is flanked by a Rechner mural, giving the whole building a visual throughline.
“It was really nice to have one of the bigger exhibits that ties in the back and the front,” Arès-Pilon says. “So the sonography and the exhibit and the back wall is all tied in together. It just flowed into place.”
The ending celebration of Air Cacophonique / Protest Song is this weekend, but it comes in the form of another creative burst: on its closing night, Rechner’s hosting a 12-hour Draw-a-Thon, which is exactly what it sounds like: starting at 5 pm and going until 5 am Sunday, Spazio will be the site of a massive, free-to-join group-art session.
You could work on your own projects to flesh out in the company of others, or collaborate on something larger with fellow attendees. The Paint Spot and The Works Festival are both donating supplies, and there will be performances, too: music by Condor Telefunken, and a 12-hour performance piece by Stacey Cann. Some of the work created over the evening will replace Air Cacophonique / Protest Song on Spazio’s walls, for a time.
“We’re going to encourage people to leave work behind,” Rechner explains. “If they’re working on their sketchbook or doing their own piece they can take it away—but if they want to leave it behind, the idea is to fill this space after our art comes down with the work we create that night. A lot of it will be collaborative surfaces up on the wall, and people will take turns drawing on them.
“I think pushing yourself to do it for a long time, sometimes the best results come out of the last few hours,” he continues, of the all-night timeline. “But also working on collaborative pieces: they get built up through time and kind of get more interesting. That’s my favourite part of it: the collaboration. That really energizes me.”
Until Sat, Mar 12
Works by Tim Rechner and Patrick Arès-Pilon
Sat, Mar 12 (5 pm – 5 am)