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Cynthia Girard-Renard : Love and Anarchy

November 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Cynthia Girard-Renard
Plaisir fétichiste d’une militante antifasciste
(série Amour et anarchie)
2017
Acrylique sur toile
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 124 cm (59” x 49”)

Opening reception Saturday November 11, 3 PM to 5 PM. Artist in attendance.

Love and Anarchy
Cynthia Girard-Renard invites you to her latest project titled Love and Anarchy, inspired by the film of director Lina Wertmüller within which the action takes place inside a brothel under the ruling of Mussolini’s fascist Italy. The artist has elaborated 6 erotico-political paintings where inter-species characters mingle in a carnival of pleasure even if the days are dark and the speculative scenarios apocalyptical.

Inspired by a constellation of women artists and works such as the erotic paintings of Dorothy Iannone, the body art of Carolee Schneemann and the ecosexual movement of Annie Sprinkle, Girard-Renard has produced a body of work in which polymorphous figures, intertwined between plant, human and animal, are copulating and are in exaltation, defying passivity and the status quo. Figures constructed from her own body prints cavort within a ground printed directly from tree trunks. These bark backgrounds are the perfect burlesque theater to animate this vigorous troupe of characters who defy obscurantist scenarios with satirical playlets.

About Cynthia Girard-Renard 

Cynthia Girard-Renard received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, London, UK (1998). In the fall 2017, she takes part in the Canadian Biennial presented at the National Gallery of Canada and she presents her solo exhibition Our Mad Masters at the Musée d’art de Joliette. For more than 20 years, she has been actively exhibiting in Canada and internationally, including: Uma Certa Falta de Coerencia, Porto, Portugal (2015); Esker Foundation, Calgary, Alberta (2014); Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China (2011); Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2010); Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec (2010); September Gallery, Berlin (2009); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2009); SPACE, London (2006); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2005); etc.

The artist has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to partake in residencies in London, Paris, New York and Berlin. Girard-Renard’s work is found in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Carleton University Art Gallery, the UQAM Gallery, the TD Bank as well as many private collections. Cynthia Girard-Renard lives and works in Montréal.

Situation #3: Cynthia Girard-Renard

July 7th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Launch of the book Le Renard Vulve / Satan Narval 

Wednesday, July 12 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the bar Le Cheval blanc
809 Ontario est, Montreal

The artist-poet Cynthia Girard-Renard is delighted to announce the launch of her new book titled Le Renard Vulve. Written under the pseudonym Satan Narval, Cynthia Girard-Renard invites you to a feast in which animals are key actors in an erotico-poetic novel that takes place on Mont-Royal.

In this story based on mourning many loses, the narrator and her dog go off in search of the loved one on the Mountain, the birthplace of the plot. On her way, she meets a lesbian BDSM skunk couple, a stripper bat, a pileated woodpecker, a racoon barmaid and many other characters.

Through a series of interspecies sexual adventures and friendships, the narrator, like Alice in Wake-Land, wants you to come along on this delirious trip, reminiscent of a Journey to the End of the Mountain, from which you will not return unscathed. This story will forever change your view of Mont-Royal…

About Cynthia Girard-Renard

Satan Narval alias Cynthia Girard-Renard is a visual artist and poet. Her publications include J’ai percé un trou dans ma tête, Héliotrope, 2010, Le Soleil et l’électron, Tryptique, 2005, La Fureur des wapitis, Lanctôt éditeur, 2000, and Nous lirons du bout des yeux, Écrits des forges 1996. Her latest group exhibition, Les Fleurs animales, was held at l’Écart in Rouyn-Noranda in May 2017. Her upcoming projects include La Main invisible at McClure gallery, Westmount, September 2017 and Les Aventures du Renard Vulve at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in November 2017. Not to mention her solo exhibition, Fictions sylvestres, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2005), Tous les oiseaux sont ici, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2009), Unicorns and Dictators, Esker Fondation, Calgary (2014) and her upcoming participation in the 2017 Canadian Biennial presented at the National Gallery of Canada.

Summary

Satan Narval, Le Renard Vulve, written and illustrated by Cynthia Girard-Renard, Montreal, 196 p.
Graphic Design: Francine Savard
Book printing: Anteism and BookArt
Price : 25$

The book will be available for online orders: http://anteism.com/shop/renardvulve
As well as at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, librairie l’Écume des jours and at the bookstore of Galerie Clark, Montréal.

A Comfortable Indifference: Benoit Aquin, Cynthia Girard-Renard, Isabelle Hayeur et David Lafrance

June 1st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Benoit Aquin Genghis Khan, Mongolie (série Le Dust Bowl chinois) Genghis Khan, Mongolia (The Chinese Dust Bowl), 2006 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 5 : 61 x 91 cm (24

Benoit Aquin
Genghis Khan, Mongolie (série Le Dust Bowl chinois)
Genghis Khan, Mongolia (The Chinese Dust Bowl), 2006
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 5 : 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36”)
Éd. 7 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)

A Comfortable Indifference 

For its summer exhibition, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau presents a selection of works that highlight the challenging conciliation between the capitalist system and the environmental movement.

Clearly, time is running out while the acceleration of global warming endangers human populations, threatens biodiversity and causes extreme weather events. Denial is no longer an option. And yet, the unrestrained quest for economic growth and our current dependence on fossil fuels compromises our efforts to limit the increase in global temperatures and the decarbonisation of the economy. A shift toward united and sustainable principles must be taken on a global, local and individual level.

Cynthia Girard-Renard Décroissance/ Degrowth, 2014 Acrylique sur mousseline de coton Acrylic on muslin  397 x 300 cm (156 1/4

Cynthia Girard-Renard
Décroissance/ Degrowth, 2014
Acrylique sur mousseline de coton
Acrylic on muslin
397 x 300 cm (156 1/4″ x 118″)
(Photo : Guy L’Heureux)

In the gallery, Benoit Aquin invites us to confront two human-made environmental disasters. First, his celebrated project, The Chinese “Dust Bowl” (2006-2009), portrays the desertification of the former Silk Road in Inner Mongolia, while his series, Mégantic (2013), documents the worst land-based oil spill to date in North America – now emblematic of the careless management surrounding the hydrocarbon lobby. For her part, Cynthia Girard-Renard presents a large painting from her project Unicorns and Dictators (2014), first exhibited at the Esker Foundation in Calgary. The work features a hybrid character reminiscent of a trickster, with smoke-belching factories for ears. He is surrounded by anxious rabbits inquiring about the future, while greenish clouds inscribed with words like, ‘NATURE’, ‘PROFIT’, and ‘CAPITAL’, drift overhead.

Isabelle Hayeur Écume d'étang (série Underworld), 2015 Édition 5 127 x 91 cm (50

Isabelle Hayeur
Écume d’étang (série Underworld), 2015
Édition 5
127 x 91 cm (50″ x 36″)

Isabelle Hayeur takes us elsewhere entirely – underwater – with her multi-year project Underworlds (2008-2015), documenting aquatic scenes of completely impaired ecosystems. This unusual vantage point effectively portrays the degradation of various bodies of water through urbanisation and massive industrialisation. Finally, David Lafrance’s series titled Earthships (2015), depicts the self-sustaining dwellings of the same name, juxtaposing these with miniature bucolic scenes and schematic or abstract interpretations of the homes’ energy efficient systems. Lafrance invites us to reflect on this fantasized green paradise, which sits diametrically opposed to our hyper-consumption and our technological dependence.

David Lafrance Earthship 07, 2015 Huile sur panneau Oil on panel 15 x 20 cm (6

David Lafrance
Earthship 07, 2015
Huile sur panneau
Oil on panel
15 x 20 cm (6″ x 8″)

The title of this exhibition was inspired by Josée Blanchette’s article “La confortable inconscience”, published in Le Devoir on February 26, 2016.

Cynthia Girard-Renard: La revanche des Sans-culottes

February 18th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Cynthia Girard-Renard, La revanche des Sans-culottes, 2016, exposition _ exhibition, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal

Cynthia Girard-Renard, La revanche des Sans-culottes, 2016, exposition _ exhibition, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal

La revanche des Sans-culottes

For her first solo exhibition at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Cynthia Girard-Renard proposes a body of work created during the CALQ residency in Paris in 2015 and presented last fall in Porto, Portugal, under the title Les Sans-culottes. For the present exhibition, the series has been enlarged to include several new works, and already-existing puppets, banners and paintings have been complexified and reused. Girard-Renard’s starting point is the French Revolution, from which she develops a critical reflection on revolutionary thought in our current context of neoliberal austerity.

Cynthia Girard-Renard Sous les pavés, la plage, 2015 Acrylique sur toile libre de coton Acrylic on unstretched cotton canvas 224 x 287 cm (88’’ 1/4 x 113’’)

Cynthia Girard-Renard
Sous les pavés, la plage, 2015
Acrylique sur toile libre de coton
Acrylic on unstretched cotton canvas
224 x 287 cm (88’’ 1/4 x 113’’)

La revanche des Sans-culottes borrows its irreverent and comical energy from the caricatural social satire genre in 18th century France, an important influence for Girard-Renard during the development of the project. The title of the exhibition refers to the derogatory moniker applied to working-class protesters, that wore trousers or striped skirts, rather than the “culotte”, knickers favored by the Ancien Régime aristocracy. Girard-Renard stages confrontations between the monarchy and the people through an array of works depicting the decadence of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI’s court, which she compares to the voracity of today’s oligarchs and millionaires. The luxury industry, fashion, and finance collide with the threat of debt in Greece and the ubiquitous austerity that clobbers us in Québec, Europe and elsewhere – not unlike Punch’s beating-stick.

Cynthia Girard-Renard Petit théâtre du grand capital, 2016 Techniques mixtes Mixed media 240 x 90 x 90 cm (94 1/2’’ x 35 1/2’’ x 35 1/2’’)

Cynthia Girard-Renard
Petit théâtre du grand capital, 2016
Techniques mixtes
Mixed media
240 x 90 x 90 cm (94 1/2’’ x 35 1/2’’ x 35 1/2’’)

In the gallery space, Le petit théâtre du grand capital (2016) depicts this confrontation between the 99% and the elusive and shapeshifting 1%. Puppets and papier mâché props adopt the burlesque and ribald codes of the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, active in Paris from 1896 to 1963. For its part, the theatrical curtain of Sous les pavés, la plage (2015), a reference to the famous May 1968 slogan, acts as a bridge between the exhibition and 1789, invoking past revolutionary ardor and defiantly taking a stand against mediocrity’s dominion.

Cynthia Girard-Renard Les Sans-culottes, 2015 Papier, bois et corde Paper, wood and rope 167,5 x 90 x 244 cm (66’’ x 35 1/2’’ x 96’’)

Cynthia Girard-Renard
Les Sans-culottes, 2015
Papier, bois et corde
Paper, wood and rope
167,5 x 90 x 244 cm (66’’ x 35 1/2’’ x 96’’)

Cynthia Girard-Renard

For more than 20 years, Girard-Renard has been actively exhibiting in Canada and internationally, including: Esker Foundation, Calgary (2014); Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China (2011); Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2010); Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec (2010); September Gallery, Berlin (2009); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2009); SPACE, London (2006), not to mention her solo exhibition, Fictions sylvestres, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2005) and her participation in the 2008 Quebec Triennial. Girard-Renard’s work is found in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Carleton University Art Gallery, the UQAM Gallery, as well as many private collections. The artist lives and works in Montréal.

Cynthia Girard-Renard, La revanche des Sans-culottes, 2016, exposition _ exhibition, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal

Cynthia Girard-Renard, La revanche des Sans-culottes, 2016, exposition _ exhibition, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal

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