In Delayed, artists Megan Metté, Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge, and Megan Scheffer collaborate to explore a mental space that is often overlooked or forgotten, inviting audiences to rediscover the experience of waiting. Through still and moving images, sounds, drawings, and 3D objects, the works will play with the viewer’s perception of the physical space of the gallery, replicating the mental tricks that can come with the experience of waiting. The artists write this about the experience:
Are we suspended in a constant state of waiting? We wait for the doctor to see us, we wait for our phone calls to be returned, we wait to arrive at our destination, we wait for the right moment, we wait for answers. We wait with anticipation and apprehension. As we wait, time slows down. We become aware of ourselves and our surroundings. We crave stimulation. We start to create, question, imagine. Walls start to move inward as our minds project outward. Our thoughts wander. We wait some more.
Megan Metté is a lens-based artist interested in examining what it takes to feel comfortable in contemporary society. Megan’s work can be found both in print and online in publications such as Don’t Take Pictures, Afterimage, and Of the Afternoon. She has received numerous honors and exhibitions, sharing work coast to coast, including a first place award from Jennifer Blessing, photographic curator at the Guggenheim; a solo exhibition award from CEPA Gallery; and a prize for Creative Photographic Concept in the Vision Art Awards at the 464 Gallery in Buffalo. Her work was featured in the exhibition A “Womanhouse” or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today at A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn, and again in Portland, Oregon, for the exhibition Color Space: Contemporary Photography at Black Box Gallery. She is often drawn to interdisciplinary collaborations, working with musicians, dancers, and other visual artists on special events such as Delayed, Echolalia, and [un] sound spaces. She can also be found educating a diverse group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds in lens-based media and designing print and online materials for artists and organizations across the United States. She holds an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA in Photography from the University of Louisville.
Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge uses lens-based media to reflect upon and re-interpret the relationship between people and the ways they occupy space. She received her BFA in photography from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and her MFA in electronic integrated arts from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University (Alfred, New York). She currently is an Assistant Professor of Art and Lens Based Media at the University of Rochester. In the recent years, Evelyne has explored various avenues for collaboration. She has worked with dancers, choreographers and scenographers to elaborate multimedia performances in site-specific venues for the project Letter to the World. She also has co-curated and organized art events taking place in unusual venues such as a vacant bank and former church for the projects The City is Asleep and Dreaming and Compartmented. Her most recent book Wall+Paper was created in collaboration with incarcerated people serving life sentences across USA. She received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts for her projects Wall+Paper (2015) and Les attentes–The Waiting (2017) and her work has been exhibited and published in Austria, Canada, China, Japan, Ireland, Spain, and the United States.
Megan Scheffer was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated Cum Laude from Beloit College with a BA in Psychology and Honors in Studio Art, in May 2010. She is the recipient of the Erin Kluk Memorial Prize in Art, the Nostrum Award for Best Presentation in Art History, and the Ellen Malsch Memorial Prize in Art for best in show for her Studio Art Final Exhibition. Scheffer moved to San Francisco, California and earned an MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in May, 2015. Immediately after graduation she was awarded a fellowship at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist Residency and attended the artist residency program at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work won Best in Show and the People’s Choice Award at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY, and has been exhibited at Embark Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Exhibit A Gallery in Corning, NY, Mercer Gallery in Rochester, NY, and the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY. Scheffer is the creator and curator of Hyperkulturemia Gallery, an experimental contemporary space that focuses on virtual exhibitions and residencies for emerging artists. She is currently the Gallery Manager for the Sage Art Center at the University of Rochester and Adjunct Faculty for the Foundations Program at Alfred University.