Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is pleased to present its second solo exhibition of work by the artist Jean-Benoit Pouliot. The assembled works each activate, in their own singular way, the notion of ‘counterpoint’, as borrowed from the world of music, referencing a compositional technique based on the layering of several independent melodies.
The artist invites the viewer to consider the uniqueness of each painting as the basis of a perceptual experience that unfolds separately from the idea of a finished body of work, set in time. In this way, the exhibition’s common denominator is not a particular theme developed as a series, but rather, is considered in the broadest sense of the artist’s methodology, which over the past fifteen years has explored concepts of rhythm, transparency and accidents, through painting, performance, printmaking or photography. Contrepoints also seeks to demonstrate the influence and the importance of time in the work of Jean-Benoit Pouliot. In the studio, the artist works on several paintings simultaneously, thereby establishing a dialogue between pieces that are barely begun and others that are near completion. In this way, the interruptions he provokes become a determining compositional factor in the constructive process of the works, since the artist suspends the paintings in a provisional state that opens their potential, not only for action in the present, but also for external pictorial influences. This notion of a continuum, or temporal flow, linking each of these finished and in-progress works in all their singularity, allows the exhibition space to transform itself into an open, neutral ground, where formal comparisons can be liberally made and unmade between the works.
Jean-Benoit Pouliot (b. 1975) is a self-taught artist who began his career in the early 2000s through the medium of printmaking. Painting gained a central place in his practice in 2008, and since then, Pouliot has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Québec and in New York. He has also participated in the public art happening Aires libres in Montréal (2014), the Extreme Painting event in Montréal (2013 and 2010), as well as the Multi Month 10 in Québec City (2009). His works are in numerous private and institutional collections, such as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Loto-Québec, National Bank, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, Mouvement Desjardins, and the collection of the Cirque du Soleil, among others. Jean-Benoit Pouliot is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montréal. The artist lives and works in Montréal.