Solo Exhibition : "Colour and Light" - Oct. 12 - Nov. 9 - NARS Foundation, Brooklyn
Group exhibition: « À l'affiche : retour en arrière » - Sept. 6 to Oct. 13 - Arprim, Montreal
Exhibition: "Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting"
Hired as Assistant Professor at UQAM
Silkscreen print sale for Arprim fundraiser
October 12 – November 9, 2018
Opening reception: October 12th, 6-9 PM
Project Space, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn
Having reduced my palette to black and white in 2012, I am trying, since 2015, to include ambient light in my work, by painting on clear acrylic supports (commonly known as plexiglass), using this material’s transparency, reflective properties, reversibility and plasticity. By adding light to the traditional aspects of abstract painting, I seek to create a visual complexity that speaks of our time in which the screen is everywhere. In this new project, I tried to reintroduce colour in my work, by ways of the support. I was seduced by primary coloured fluorescent plexiglass that throws light on its edges.
The challenge was to create a fascination for colour and light that would be mainly pictorial with this material heavily associated with design. Thus, I used the plexiglass as if it was the paint: paying close attention to the specific effects occurring in the material. To make the most out of it, I have given up patterns to favour gradients that occur when a thick coat of acrylic paint gets thinner and let the colour of the panel appear. These gradients alter the colours, make the panels opaque and reduce the quantity of light that gets through them.
I created 3D paintings that hang to the wall but juts out into the room to catch surrounding light. Contrasting coloured panels overlap, creating new colours, light effects, and veils. The wall itself, painted black under some paintings, changes their hue and enhance this layering. Reversible, the paintings look contradictory when seen from different sides. However, one can easily mentally deconstruct their components, entirely exposed. This power of a painting to create an illusion, even when its material reality lay bare, is an important part of this project. Between transparency and opacity, illusion and objecthood, these paintings embody contradictions.
My warmest thanks to École des arts visuels et médiatiques and Faculté des arts of Université du Québec à Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Joseph Plaskett Foundation, who supported the development of this project. I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of my skilful, intelligent and reliable studio assistant, Éloïse Carrier, as well as Danny Glaude, David Allard Martin, Jean Talbot and Mario Baillargeon, who helped resolve many technical challenges. Thanks to NARS Foundation for the opportunity to show this work.
Le Magasin, Arprim, Montreal
September 6 – October 13, 2018
Opening: Sept. 6, 5:30 PM
Myriam Dion, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf, François Lacasse, Micah Lexier, Julie Trudel et Studio Feed
Le Magasin is delighted to start this new year by a group show looking back at the last 3 years of editions printed by À l’affiche project.
Thanks to the artists and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau.
September 30, 2017 to January 1, 2018
Curators: Bruce Grenville, Vancouver Art Gallery Senior Curator and David MacWilliam, artist and Emily Carr University of Art + Design professor
Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting offers an insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in this country. The origins of both can be effectively traced back to the 1970s, to a moment when the continued existence of painting was hotly debated. Within that debate two new strategies were devised, one that proposed the possibility of conceptual painting—a highly refined notion of painting that emerged from and returned to the idea—and a second, ambivalent proposition that valued actions and materials over ideas—in short, doing and making were pitted against ideas and concepts.
This exhibition traces the legacy of that debate and documents the work of 31 artists who have been largely responsible for the strong revival that painting now enjoys in this country. With work by artists from Halifax to Victoria and many places in-between, this exhibition offers a convincing survey of the lively debate that makes painting relevant and meaningful today.
It is with great pleasure that I am joining the École des arts visuels et médiatiques at Université du Québec à Montréal as Assistant Professor. In addition to enjoying this unique opportunity to develop my practice and to share my passion for painting, I am heartened to join such a wonderful team for the long term. I attach the utmost importance to the spirit of research, the commitment, the generosity and the professional rigor embodied by my future colleagues. I hope to contribute to that spirit for a long time, little by little, growing year by year.
As part of “À l’affiche”, a fundraising project by Arprim, I sought to translate into silkscreen my interest for the constraints and for the materiality of the medium.
The launch of this limited edition of 25 silkscreen prints was held on November 30, 2016.