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Guillaume Adjutor Provost: Chambre réverbérante

April 14th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink

Opening April 17 from 5 to 7pm

Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Sans titre (flux 03.05), 2019
Encre sur papier
Ink on paper
29,7 x 21 cm (11,7” x 8,3”)

For his second exhibition at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Chambre réverbérante, Guillaume Adjutor Provost is presenting a selection of drawings from his most recent series entitled Flux. These drawings result from a number of automatic-drawing sessions whereby each pen drawing on paper was executed over the course of several consecutive hours. During these late-night drawing shifts, Provost found himself in a state of altered consciousness provoked by self-induced hypnosis a hypnagogic state that allowed for a free-form exploration of his frame of mind on a given day. He likens the visual vocabulary resulting from this process to a flow of data streaming directly from his psyche.  

Pulling from shapes and hidden symbols that emerged during these sessions, Provost created two sculptures that echo the Fluxdrawings. Fée du Kapital (Shift de jour)and Fée du Kapital (Shift de nuit)represent two pairs of casted feet dressed and bejewelled in boots and fabrics. The presence of these dismembered feet in space create a tension, seeming to conjure up spirits. To the artist, these anchors are stand-ins for a system in deconstruction, they could be considered the foundation to the building of a new order.

Chambre réverbérante results from Guillaume Adjutor Provost’s current desire to create a body of work that bypasses referentiality in order to access the raw internal processes of the psyche and by the same token, expose our relationship to the unregulated labour inherent to artistic work, both material and immaterial.

Guillaume Adjutor Provost lives and works in Montreal where he completed a doctorate in art and research at UQAM in 2017. He has received grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the OJIQ and SODEC. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughoutCanada, France, Germany, Belgium, Catalonia, Lithuania, and Switzerland. In parallel, his practice has been highlighted through the Jean-Claude Rochefort award and the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art. Since autumn 2016, he has been provided with a studio at the Fonderie Darling where he is currently showing a solo exhibition in conversation with Julie Tremble and Guillaume B.B. entitled “Vapeurs”, curated by Ji-Yoon Han. In 2018, he presented a solo exhibition at Bikini in Lyon, and participated in group shows at Critical Distance (Toronto) and TAP Art Space (Montreal), and conducted a research residency at Rupert Foundation in Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Chambre réverbérante, 2019
Exposition / Exhibition
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada
(photo : Jean-Michael Seminaro)

 

 

Moridja Kitenge Banza:1

February 27th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink

 

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Christ Pantocrator No1, 2017
Acrylique sur bois, feuille d’or
Acrylic on panel, gold leaf
40 x 30 cm (15,75” x 11,75”)

 

For his first exhibition at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Moridja Kitenge Banza is presenting  a painting from his series “Christ Pantocrator” which explores the complexity of his Congolese cultural identity through deeply rooted colonial symbols that he subjects to shifts in meaning. The artist describes this series in the following text.

 

A Christ Pantocrator is a Byzantine icon of Christ represented as almighty in his glorious body. This painting series borrows this representation as a starting point to question my relationship to masks from Africa found in Western art museums.

In most African cultures, masks are meant to be used in sacred rites and ceremonies celebrating birth, death or harvest. When dispalced as static objects in museums, they become amputated from their contexts of origin, simultaneously revealing aporias : the aritsts’ identities are unknown and their provenance, undisclosed to the people and places they come from. Silent and detached from contemporary African life, these masks are nonetheless a material testament of the diversity and complexity of these societies. They are essential vehicules of customs and heritage for future generations of africans.

My reflexions are guided by a critical analysis of historical and cultural aspects of my country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as my own history, combining multiple layers of narratives and meanings. Catholicism plays an important role, passed on to my ancesters by Jesuit priests during the evangelization of the Congo, and carried through my ancestry, as well as my own family’s experiences. My current outlook on these persistant symbols is energized by an intersecting creative intent, between memory and reappropriation.

To this end, I draw from various museum collections that possess African masks. I reproduce Pantocrator paintings, over which I paint the masks I have chosen, covering the face of Christ. Through this intervention, I return its glory to the sacred object and reactivate its function: that of being worn.

 

Moridja Kitenge Banza : 1 (exposition_exhibition), 2019, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada (photo : Jean-Michael Seminaro)

 

 

Biography

Canadian Congolese aritst Moridja Kitenge Banza was born in Kinshasa in 1980 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He holds degrees from l’Académie des beaux-arts de Kinshasa, from l’École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole and from the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty of l’Université de La Rochelle.  In 2010, he was awarded the first prize of the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, DAK’ART for his video Hymne à nousand his installation work De 1848 à nos jours. His work was part of exhibitions at the Musée Dauphinois (Grenoble, France), at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Rosklide, Danemark), at the Arndt Gallery and Ngbk (Berlin, Allemagne), at the Biennale Internationale de Casablanca (Casablanca, Maroc), at the Fondation Attijariwafa bank (Casablanca, Maroc), at the Fondation Blachère (Apt, France) as well as at the BAnQ, at galerie Joyce Yahouda, at Oboro and at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (Montréal, Canada).

 

Artist Statement

As a multidisciplinary artist, I express myself through painting, photography, video, drawing and installation.

My process is situated at the intersection of reality and fiction. Through this lens, I question the history, memory and identity of the places where I live or have lived in relation to the place I occupy in these localities. I intentionally confuse fact and fiction to problematize hegemonic narratives and create spaces where marginalized discourse could flourish. Drawing from past and present situations, I organize, assemble and trace figures, as would a land surveyor, by reappropriating the codes of cultural, political, social and economic representations. In so doing, I build my own tools to better invest the “other’s” territory in order to enrich all the fields of research that inspire my practice.

 

The gallery would like to extend its gratitude to Anne-Isabelle Pronkina for her contribution to the development of the exhibition’s concept.

 

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Authentique #1, 2017
Impression archive au jet d’encre sur papier
Archival digital inkjet print on paper
Édition 3/5
86,3 x 61 cm (34” x 24”)

Julie Trudel : Bone Black and Titanium White – Colour and Light

January 15th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink

 

Julie Trudel, Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane – couleur et lumière, 2019
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada (photo : Jean-Michael Seminaro)

The Exhibition

For her third solo exhibition at the gallery, Julie Trudel presents a series of new tridimensional paintings, continuing her previous exploration of color in transparency. It was during a residency in Berlin in 2015 that she first discovered a model of fluorescent plexiglas of which the borders throw light. All while keeping the constraint she imposed on herself in 2012 to paint exclusively in black and white, it’s through the support that she has reintroduced primary colours into her work.

The geometric compositions of the paintings blend matter to light to show color. Veils of translucent acrylic paint subtly change the shade of the panels and their level of transparency. Trudel attains this result by means of a rigorous artisanal method, discovered through experimental trials on plastic. The support is successively cut, polished, assembled, painted and thermoformed to create folds at precise angles. Through these interventions, Trudel is able to liberate the Plexiglas of its semiotic boundaries heavily associated with industrial plasticity, to bring it into the pictorial field. The result generates a visual complexity that reflects our era of omnipresent screens.

Julie Trudel, Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane – couleur et lumière, 2019
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada (photo : Jean-Michael Seminaro)

Artist Statement

As an abstract painter, Julie Trudel engages with the properties of paint through simple work processes that take shape through the self-imposed limitations she establishes at the start of each new project. She positions herself within the realm of reflective and conceptual painting that focuses on the making of the painting and investigates painting itself. Her research goes beyond the question of painting as coloured matter; it extends to painting as a practice and as a discipline. Her works give new currency to traditional issues of abstract painting through works that seek to renew its technical aspects – as much through its medium and its support as through its hanging. 

About Julie Trudel

She holds a BA, a BFA and an MFA from UQAM and has exhibited across Canada, Europe and the United States including recent solo exhibition at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn (2018), the group exhibition Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2017) and The Painting Project at Galerie de l’UQAM (2013). In addition to being awarded numerous research and creation grants as well as artist residencies across Canada and abroad, Trudel was a two-time finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2011, 2012), and winner of the Joseph Plaskett Award in painting (2013). She is a Professor at UQAM in Montreal, where she lives and work.

The artist would like to warmly thank l’École des arts visuels et médiatiques and the Faculté des arts of UQAM, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Joseph Plaskett Foundation for the financial support of this project. She would like to highlight the precious and tireless contribution of her skilful, intelligent and reliable studio assistant Éloïse Carrier. The technical support of David Allard Martin, Mario Baillargeon, Danny Glaude, Olivier Heaps-Drolet, Ianick Raymond and Jean Talbot were also essential to realizing this body of work.

David Lafrance: Jours fastes et néfastes

November 6th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Opening November 7 from 5 to 7 PM. Artist in attendance.

David Lafrance, Marée haute, 2018
Huile sur toile
Oil on canvas
182,9 x 228,6 cm (72” x 90”)

The Exhibition

 

David Lafrance’s latest paintings are an extension of his personal reflections on a landscape, and thus a society, in metamorphosis.

 

The artist delves into meteorological phenomena threatening our current era, both physically and psychically. The forecast is distressing and inescapable in Lafrance’s observations.

 

Amid representations of a nature in turbulence, each painting is punctuated by a contrasting window into an idyllic pastoral scene – postcards of an idealized past uninterrupted by climate change. Reminiscent of surrealist paintings from the 1930s, Lafrance’s aerial cognitive landscapes are populated by disembodied hands and arms, geometric and unstructured shapes and cartoonish faces that set the mood for the series. The sun is tired and wrinkled in “Un soleil de trop” (2018) and sleeping heads are metaphors for a dormant populace in “Sun Dog” (2018) and “Marée haute” (2018). Lafrance approaches the canvas with a sense of urgency, skilfully layering distinct forms of composition in a dynamic assemblage of painterly gestures.

 

 

About David Lafrance

 

David Lafrance (b. 1976) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montréal (2001) where he is currently completing his MFA. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and biennales in Canada, the US, and in France. Among his recent solo exhibitions are Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay (2018), Ceaac (2015), Strasbourg; Galerie Hugues Charbonneau (2014); L’Œil de Poisson (2014), Québec City; and the Musée régional de Rimouski (2012), which won the prize for “Best exhibition outside of Montréal” at the AGAC’s Gala des arts visuels. He recently participated in various group exhibitions, namely at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (2018), Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (2015), l’Œil de Poisson (2015), Art Action Actuel, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (2013), and at the Centre d’art l’Écart, in Rouyn-Noranda (2013).

 

His work is part of several private and public collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (CPOA), the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec; the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal; Lotto Québec; Hydro-Québec; and Mouvement Desjardins.

Cindy Phenix: Ces femmes tiennent une fleur à la main

August 24th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Cindy Phenix, The Light Does Not Increase, 2018
Huile et pastel sur toile
Oil and pastel on canvas
183 x 244 cm (72″ x 96″)

The Exhibition

For her first solo exhibition at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Cindy Phenix is presenting Ces femmes tiennent une fleur à la main, a new series of paintings that are the fruit of a month-long residence at the gallery where Phenix set up her studio and initiated participation/discussion groups from which she drew inspiration.

With Ces femmes tiennent une fleur à la main, Phenix has developed a lexicon of happiness that pays heed to the complexity of the places it flourishes in and the attitudes it gives rise to. Beaches, boulevards, balconies or cabarets, these spaces where it unfolds are both public and private: there where the multitude becomes a crowd, thousands of isles of intimacy emerge. Voluptuousness, contemplation and friendship blossom there, but also along with voyeurism, vanity and envy. True to her forceful and intense aesthetic, Phenix alternates between solitary depictions and choral scenes to give life to an ode to boundless joy.

Cindy Phenix, Ces femmes qui tiennent une fleur à la main, 2018

Artist Statement

Cindy Phenix’s work focuses on the relationship between the public and private spheres. She explores the various norms that govern them, the dynamic of their coexistence, the power relations they are the site of and the emotions they trigger. To this end, the artist creates complex scenes that convey powerful narrative and affective movements.

Phenix draws her inspiration from participation/discussion groups that she organizes and leads. Through collaborative projects and shared experiences, these groups aim to raise awareness of feminine experience. At first, the women are led to interact with artworks, to take part in games and to position their bodies in installations created by the artist. They are then invited to share anecdotes and reflections as part of the discussions that Phenix guides. The bodily performances and stories shared in the process serve as fertile analysis ground for the artist who reinterprets them in her compositions.

Cindy Phenix’s paintings generate a palpable formal tension. Some surfaces are made up of gestural and abstract impastos, while others—left untouched—reveal the raw potential of the canvass. Painted zones are juxtaposed with drawn lines and take us into paradoxical spaces. Many characters, depicted in transformed complexions and bodies, interact here. The ambitious and ambiguous displays and the broad spectrum of techniques that Phenix puts to the task give rise to a dazzling emotional charge.

Interdependence/Indispensability: Benoit Aquin, Maria Hupfield and Karen Tam

April 30th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

 

Opening on May 2 from 5 to 7pm

Benoit Aquin
Téléphones intelligents No.22. Los Angeles (série Anton Bequii ou La dimension éthérique du réseau), 2016
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival digital pigment print
Edition 5
102 x 152 cm (40’’ x 60’’)

This group exhibition brings together Benoit Aquin, Maria Hupfield, and Karen Tam, who use different approaches in their work to negotiate power relations between the individual, artifact, place, and history. Whether through the self and its other, or through digital or physical manipulation of the art object, re-enactment is a political gesture that simultaneously allows us to experience the past and present, yet can be used to transform and distort understandings of historical events and peoples. By appropriating methods of re-enactments, the artists challenge and resist conventional production and consumption of the self and the body (Hupfield), of information and knowledge (Aquin), and of culture (Tam).

Revisiting her performative photographic series, Counterpoint, in which two figures (the self and its other) respond to one another’s presence and to the locations in which they find themselves, Hupfield disrupts the original photographs by collaging felt cutouts atop the surface, obscuring one of the models. In doing so, the artist is reasserting an individual identity and contests practices of domination and social control.

Maria Hupfield
Resistance on All Fronts, 2007-2018
Épreuve chromogène et feutre industriel
C-print and industrial felt
Edition : unique
Photo: 102 x 76 cm (40” x 30”)

The double also appears in Aquin’s project based on the life and work of photographer Anton Bequii —an alter ego whose name is an anagram of Benoit Aquin. Documenting a parallel existence and reality, Bequii’s autofictive photographs are counter-sites to the dystopic illusions and transmission of (mis)information fed to us by mass media.

A similar mimicry occurs in Tam’s papier-mâché sculptures that activate historical artifacts through their replicas, as well as in her smoke cutouts depicting woman warriors in Chinese history and folklore as door gods who ward off evil spirits and influences. Through these mirrored figures and doubled objects, Tam questions modes of cultural production and interpretation.

Karen Tam
A Double Stream of Tears, 2018
Techniques mixtes
Mixed media
64 x 23 x 23 cm (25 1/4” x 9” x 9”) ch/ea

Guillaume Adjutor Provost: Introduction

March 1st, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Opening on Wednesday, March 14 from 5pm to 7pm. Artist in attendance.

Guillaume Adjutor Provost
La main d’Émilie Gamelin, 2017
Impression jet d’encre sur coton
Ink jet print on cotton
208 x 200 cm (81,89” x 74,74”) | 208 x 138 cm (81,89” x 54,33”) | 208 x 128 cm (81,89” x 50,39”)

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is delighted to present Introduction an exhibition by Guillaume Adjutor Provost. The artist invites you to this articulation of selected works from his exhibitions Matériellement rien, potentiellement tout (Diagonale, 2017), Providence (Association des travailleurs grecs du Québec / Clark / La SERRE, 2017) and Bonne Fortune (Clark, 2016). Through a re-exhibition of his body of work, the artist proposes a discovery, with him, of the milestones of his art practice. Given that this is the first time in his career that he is represented by a gallery, he is seizing the opportunity to explore the reference points of his artistic language. It is in view of this that he chose to use the exhibition space as a post-production site.

This retrospective exhibition presents the mainlines of Guillaume Adjutor Provost’s practice: referentiality, curatorial approaches, textuality, archival and photographic languages, psychedelic manifestations. Guided by an attitude of conceptual materialism, the artist’s practice inherently reveals zones of immaterial reflections buttressed by the physical object. Through their thoughts and interactions, viewers actively contribute to defining the artist’s language. With Introduction, the encounter with iconographic works by Guillaume Adjutor thus becomes the site of a truly fertile analysis.

About Guillaume Adjutor Provost   

Lives and works in Montreal where he completed a doctorate in art and research at UQAM in 2017. Guillaume Adjutor Provost has received grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Art, the OJIQ and the Sodec. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Catalonia and Switzerland. In parallel, his practice has been highlighted through the Jean-Claude Rochefort award and the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art. Since autumn 2016, he has been provided with a studio at the Fonderie Darling. In 2018, he will present a solo exhibition curated by Chloé Grondeau and Marthe Carrier at the artist centre Bikini in Lyon, participate in the exhibition … Move or be Moved by Something Rather than Oneself at Critical Distance (Toronto) curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson, and carry out a research residency at Fondation Rupert in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Jonathan Plante : Trois Sculptures

January 9th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

 

Jonathan Plante
Trois Sculptures, 2018
Exposition_Exhibition
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

 

Trois sculptures

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is delighted to present Trois sculptures, an exhibition by Jonathan Plante. The exhibition reveals a series of three works from the artist’s recent production The exhibited sculptures take up the same structure, i.e. a three dimensional assemblage of eight lenticular supports. A lenticular support is an extruded plastic that functions like a series of lenses guiding the eye towards an image that will change according to the viewing angle of the viewer. Known for its commercial uses, lenticular support has been mostly used to manufacture ordinary objects. For example, a postcard that is waved backed back and forth to create the illusion of motion through two overlapping images.

By using the artisanal printing process of silkscreen to introduce an element of randomness, Plant disassociates the lenticular image from an advertising aesthetic. Through this deployment of the lenticular medium, the artist explores other modes to put the image into motion. Trois sculptures proposes an experience that shifts the opposition between activity and passivity characteristic of film. According to an approach he calls kinoplastic, it is the viewer’s movements that both freezes the image and puts it into motion. These works invite viewers to become aware of the fact that it is their movement that brings the world into appearance. A reflection that can also be traced back to the tradition of Robert Morris’s minimalist sculpture; a practice that involves both the materiality of the work and the experience of the viewer.

About Jonathan Plante

Jonathan Plante holds a MFA from Université du Québec à Montréal. His works have been presented in solo exhibitions at Galerie de l’UQAM, Galerie Division, at Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides as well as De Ateliers in Amsterdam. He has also participated in various group exhibitions in Quebec, the US and the Netherlands. In 2017, L’œil de poisson in Quebec City showed his solo exhibition titled L’immobile. In 2013, the artist created Lapincyclope, the first of a series of exhibitions for a young viewership to be presented at VOX — Centre de l’image contemporaine in Montréal, in addition to taking part in the Quebec Triennial 2008. His works are currently part of several public and private collections among which Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Jonathan Plante lives and works in Montréal.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot — Tilt and Shift: Flexible Images

March 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Jean-Benoit Pouliot Lunettes superposantes, 2016 Lunettes modifiées et miroirs Modified glasses and mirror

Jean-Benoit Pouliot
Lunettes superposantes, 2016
Lunettes modifiées et miroirs
Modified glasses and mirror

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is delighted to present a new exhibition by Jean-Benoit Pouliot in which he adopts a conceptual and reflexive approach to the painting object. The different states of this exploration variously take shape in photography, painting and in installation or sculpture.

Tilt and Shift: Flexible Images is a project that investigates the image/object relationship through an active reflection on the contemporary conditions of the image’s appearance, transformation and distribution. Jean-Benoit Pouliot takes his own production of abstract paintings as a staring point to release the images that are inherent in them; these images will consequently be free, flexible and will continue to follow their course independently of their primary support. Does the image keep on moving beyond the point where the painting ends? If yes, in what shapes? In what spaces?

Jean-Benoit Pouliot Glissement découpé 1, 2015 Impression jet d’encre sur papier glacé opaque, monté sous plexi sans reflet, sur sintra Ink jet print on glossy opaque paper, mounted under plexi without reflexion, on sintra 36 x 32 cm (14’’ x 12 1/2’’)

Jean-Benoit Pouliot
Glissement découpé 1, 2015
Impression jet d’encre sur papier glacé opaque, monté sous plexi sans reflet, sur sintra
Ink jet print on glossy opaque paper, mounted under plexi without reflexion, on sintra
36 x 32 cm (14’’ x 12 1/2’’)

Nowadays the image can be easily detached from its primary physical reality: it can move, appear and disappear on command depending on the digital vessel that is conveying it. Jean-Benoit Pouliot has sought to contain this new image ubiquity by personally directing several second lives of his paintings along hypothetical paths.The interventions he carries out deeply probe the physical relation that the painting intrinsically sets up between the image and the object. In the gallery space this process triggers a play of echoes between the canvasses and their photographic, textual and sculptural iterations. The paintings were digitized, stretched, cut up, photocopied, put under the microscope or described in words. This approach on several fronts enables the artist to foreground the limits and impacts of digital media in our relationship to the image. Jean-Benoit Pouliot stages his paintings and by the same token, he reframes the way in which we behold them. In reflecting the image by way of the painting, he proposes to take the time to “re-view” the painting by way of the image.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot Sans-titre, 2017 Acrylique sur toile Acrylic on canvas 35,5 x 27,9 cm (14” x 11”)

Jean-Benoit Pouliot
Sans-titre, 2017
Acrylique sur toile
Acrylic on canvas
35,5 x 27,9 cm (14” x 11”)

Jean-Benoit Pouliot

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 Canada and the United-States. He has also participated in Nuit Blanche Toronto (2016), 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, L'image souple : Inclinaisons et déclinaisons [exposition_exhibition], 2017, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot, L’image souple : Inclinaisons et déclinaisons [exposition_exhibition], 2017, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot, L'image souple : Inclinaisons et déclinaisons [exposition_exhibition], 2017, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot, L’image souple : Inclinaisons et déclinaisons [exposition_exhibition], 2017, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot, L'image souple : Inclinaisons et déclinaisons [exposition_exhibition], 2017, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot, L’image souple : Inclinaisons et déclinaisons [exposition_exhibition], 2017, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot, L'image souple : Inclinaisons et déclinaisons [exposition_exhibition], 2017, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot, L’image souple : Inclinaisons et déclinaisons [exposition_exhibition], 2017, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada.

Spaces for Agency — Recomposer la ville

January 12th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Isabelle Hayeur

Maria Hupfield

David Lafrance

Alain Paiement

Recomposer la ville / Spaces for Agency, 2017 Isabelle Hayeur, Maria Hupfield, David Lafrance, Alain Paiement Vue d'exposition Installation view

Recomposer la ville / Spaces for Agency, 2017
Isabelle Hayeur, Maria Hupfield, David Lafrance, Alain Paiement
Vue d’exposition
Installation view

Recomposer la ville / Spaces for Agency, 2017 Isabelle Hayeur, Maria Hupfield, David Lafrance, Alain Paiement Vue d'exposition Installation view

Recomposer la ville / Spaces for Agency, 2017
Isabelle Hayeur, Maria Hupfield, David Lafrance, Alain Paiement
Vue d’exposition
Installation view

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is delighted to launch the year 2017 with a group show bringing together Isabelle Hayeur, Maria Hupfield, David Lafrance and Alain Paiement. Recomposer la ville / Spaces for Agency sets out to question notions of the “public” and “collective” in urban space. The exhibition is an invitation to reflect in a critical and different perspective on the celebrations being held as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary.

Isabelle Hayeur Day Trading (série Nuits américaines), 2006 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement Édition 5/5 109 x 165 cm (43

Isabelle Hayeur
Day Trading (série Nuits américaines), 2006
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur aluminium avec traitement UV
Ink jet prin on polyester mounted on aluminium with UV traitement
Édition 5/5
109 x 165 cm (43″ x 65″)

Isabelle Hayeur, Pulse, 2015 Vidéo HD, couleur, stéréo Video, HD, color, stereo Édition 3 3 minutes

Isabelle Hayeur,
Pulse, 2015
Vidéo HD, couleur, stéréo
Video, HD, color, stereo
Édition 3
3 minutes

While not exclusive to our city, the questions we raise touch on: inhabiting city space and urban territory; established authorities; citizen resistance and engagement strategies; issues of peaceful coexistence — or its possibility in certain current political contexts. The works are presented along two mainlines in which, on one hand, the artists reimagine the topography of the city, and on the other, they explore ways of culturally and socially re-appropriating one’s environment. These mainlines which overlap in the gallery perhaps make it possible to glimpse the political potential that the works and places of art can signify in their immediate communities.

Maria Hupfield Survival and Other Acts of Defiance, 2011 Installation video et ruban adhésif en aluminium au sol en forme de

Maria Hupfield
Survival and Other Acts of Defiance, 2011
Installation video et ruban adhésif en aluminium au sol en forme de “X”
Video installation with silver “X” on floor made of aluminium tape
Édition 3
2,4 x 1,2 x 1,2 x m (8’ x 4’ x 4’)

Isabelle Hayeuris proposing two composite works. The photograph Day Trading (2006) shows the construction site of a building with an ambiguous function, which is in fact artificial because it is entirely the result of a digital manipulation. The video Pulse (2015), which is inspired by the student strike of the spring of 2015 in Montreal and the social struggles surrounding it, brings together a myriad of images found or filmed by the artist, who herewith denounces neoliberal austerity measures and erosion of political liberties. For her part, Maria Hupfield presents the video Survival and Other Acts of Defiance (2011) in which she is shown jumping on the spot, in a loop, and thus infinitely. Reinforced by the sound of tin jingles worn on her boots, she strongly affirms her presence as an indigenous woman who is constantly (re)negotiating her environment. On the floor, a large metallic X invites visitors to join in with her.

David Lafrance Place publique 1, 2015-2016 Bois et peinture acrylique Wood and acrylic paint 13 x 20 x 23 cm (5’’x 8’’ x 9’’)

David Lafrance
Place publique 1, 2015-2016
Bois et peinture acrylique
Wood and acrylic paint
13 x 20 x 23 cm (5’’x 8’’ x 9’’)

David Lafrance Place publique 4, 2015-2016 Bois et peinture acrylique Wood and acrylic paint  15 x 20 x 33 cm (6’’x 8’’ x 13’’)

David Lafrance
Place publique 4, 2015-2016
Bois et peinture acrylique
Wood and acrylic paint
15 x 20 x 33 cm (6’’x 8’’ x 13’’)

David Lafrance is presenting sculptures in multi-coloured wood that form part of the series Places publiques (2016). These imaginary city planning projects suggest a grandness and a dazzle that are paradoxically troubled by drab splashes or the affixing of disproportionate botanical sketches on their surface. Finally, Alain Paiement brings us a new large-scale photographic work,Voisinage contextuel (2016), in which he disregards the functional side of the Montreal city map and reduces the macro to the micro. He suspends the practical relationship to city space to instead recompose it in dialogue with the humans who collectively inhabit and animate it on a daily basis.

Alain Paiement Voisinage contextuel, 2016 Impression numérique sur papier coton archive Digital print on archival cotton paper Image : 142 x 213 cm (55,9” x 83,9”)  Papier_paper : 152 x 223 cm (60” x 88”)

Alain Paiement
Voisinage contextuel, 2016
Impression numérique sur papier coton archive
Digital print on archival cotton paper
Image : 142 x 213 cm (55,9” x 83,9”)
Papier_paper : 152 x 223 cm (60” x 88”)

Isabelle Hayeur: Desert Shores (Lost America)

July 30th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Isabelle Hayeur Looking-back (série Desert Shores), 2015 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond Edition 3 Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”) Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Isabelle Hayeur
Looking-back (série Desert Shores), 2015
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond
Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond
Edition 3
Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”)
Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

To launch the 2016-2017 season, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is pleased to present its first solo exhibition by Isabelle Hayeur. She will be presenting Desert Shores (Lost America) (2015-2016), a new series documenting the polluted and deserted region of Salton Sea, in the United States. Hayeur has selected five photographs from this vast body of work, as well as a 35-minute video and an album of 60 other photos from the series for on-site consultation.

Salton Sea is a large salt lake located on the San Andreas Fault, in an arid depression in South-western California, 227 feet below sea level. It was accidentally created at the beginning of the last century when the Colorado River overflowed its banks and was contained. In the 1950s and 1960s, it became a very popular attraction, and a paradise for fishing aficionados. Its shores were dotted with numerous hotels, marinas, and yacht clubs. Named Desert Shores, the area underwent significant economic and population growth at this time.

Isabelle Hayeur Marea Roja (série Desert Shores), 2015-2016 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond Edition 3 Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”) Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Isabelle Hayeur
Marea Roja (série Desert Shores), 2015-2016
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond
Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond
Edition 3
Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”)
Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Towards the 1970s, it was observed that the lake’s water level was dropping and its salinity rising, in direct relationship with the augmentation of agricultural activity in the surrounding area. Today, this area is deserted and desolate, alluvial deposits saturated with fertilizers and pesticides pollute the water, and algae blooms are decimating fish stocks. Beachside resorts have given way to trailer parks, homes for the poor, the marginalized and Mexican immigrants – a different and less than shining portrait of the United States. For Hayeur, this disenchanted landscape is a mirror image of a lost America, from an era in which everything seemed possible and accessible for all citizens. This area of dire poverty is not unlike others, found all across the United States, a Third World of their own where the most destitute remain, for lack of a better alternative. The works in Desert Shores (Lost America) are fragments of dystopian landscape, modern ruins, dilapidated and graffiti-covered domestic spaces, dried-up fish carcasses and disturbingly coloured bodies of water, summing up a wasteland of human failure at nature’s expense.

Isabelle Hayeur Exposure (série Desert Shores), 2015-2016 Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond Edition 3 Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”) Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Isabelle Hayeur
Exposure (série Desert Shores), 2015-2016
Jet d’encre sur papier polyester, monté sur Dibond
Inkjet print on polyester mounted on Dibond
Edition 3
Image : 61 x 91 cm (24” x 36”)
Papier_Paper : 76 x 106,5 cm (30” x 42”)

Isabelle Hayeur   

Isabelle Hayeur’s work has been widely shown in many major shows, such as at the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto) (2016);theMuseo Cultural (Santa Fe) (2016);theToday Art Museum (Beijing) (2015); the New Orleans Museum of Art(2015); the Centre culturel canadien (Paris) (2012); the Akbank Sanat (Istanbul) (2008); the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2007); the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2006); the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin) (2005); the Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art contemporain (2005); and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (2004). Her works are to be found in over twenty collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Fonds national d’art contemporain in Paris, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, theCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Isabelle Hayeur Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016 Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur
Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016 Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur
Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016 Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur
Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016 Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Isabelle Hayeur
Desert Shores [exposition_exhibition], 2016
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Julie Trudel: Bone Black and Titanium White — Transparency and distortion

April 6th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Julie Trudel Transparence et distorsion NNBN, 2015 Acrylique et gesso sur feuille acrylique Acrylic and gesso on acrylic sheet 117 x 59,5 x 35,5 cm (46

Julie Trudel
Transparence et distorsion NNBN, 2015
Acrylique et gesso sur feuille acrylique
Acrylic and gesso on acrylic sheet
117 x 59,5 x 35,5 cm (46″ x 23 1/2″ x 14″)
(Photo : Jordan Blackburn)

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is pleased to present Julie Trudel’s second solo exhibition, featuring the latest development in her work with the materiality of colour. This series of approximately 10 three-dimensional paintings was created in 2015 during various artist residencies, and was presented in part at the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University last fall.

Julie Trudel Transparence et distorsion NNBN, 2015 Acrylique et gesso sur feuille acrylique Acrylic and gesso on acrylic sheet 117 x 59,5 x 35,5 cm (46

Julie Trudel
Transparence et distorsion NNBN, 2015
Acrylique et gesso sur feuille acrylique
Acrylic and gesso on acrylic sheet
117 x 59,5 x 35,5 cm (46″ x 23 1/2″ x 14″)
(Photo : Jordan Blackburn)

With Bone Black and Titanium White—Transparency and Distortion, Julie Trudel continues to work with the self-imposed chromatic constraint she adopted in 2012, namely the use of pure black and white pigments which she simply dilutes in large amounts of clear acrylic medium. This time, however, she has innovated her approach by adding clear acrylic supports (also known as Plexiglas). Technical considerations at the end of 2014 led her to choose this material as a way to explore its material properties – transparency, reflection, reversibility and plasticity – in conjunction with her fascination for the translucence and opacity of paint. While experimenting with various types of plastics, light emerged as a central component and the paintings were subsequently pulled out from the wall to better enable the interplay of light and surface.

Julie Trudel Transparence et distorsion BNNN, 2015 Acrylique et gesso sur feuille acrylique Acrylic and gesso on acrylic sheet 117 x 59,5 x 35,5 cm (46

Julie Trudel
Transparence et distorsion BNNN, 2015
Acrylique et gesso sur feuille acrylique
Acrylic and gesso on acrylic sheet
117 x 59,5 x 35,5 cm (46″ x 23 1/2″ x 14″)
(Photo : Jordan Blackburn)

Each piece is created on a very thin sheet of Plexiglas painted on one side before being bent into three sections through thermoforming. Two sections are painted in flat black tints, giving them a mirror-like quality, or in white, which reflects light. The third section is clear and covered in a pattern of translucent dots that seem to break away from the surface, producing the illusion of movement and depth. The folding of the two panels on either side of the central one produces a complex interplay of reflections between the three sections, while the concave shape it creates captures light and multiplies the effect of transparency or distortion within the cluster of dots. Trudel’s choice of Plexiglas has evidently deepened her research into the materiality of colour and light, thereby opening new possibilities within the pictorial field. Moreover, their presentation in the gallery allows viewers to experience the near-sculptural nature of her paintings as they extend into the exhibition space, and to witness how dramatically their appearance shifts depending on the angle of view.

Julie Trudel Noir d'ivoire et blanc de titane -- transparence et distorsion, 2016 Vue d'exposition Exhibition view Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Julie Trudel
Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane — transparence et distorsion, 2016
Vue d’exposition
Exhibition view
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Julie Trudel

Over the past five years, her work has been presented in France, in Germany, Japan, United-States, and throughout Canada. Trudel was a two-time finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2011, 2012), and winner of the Joseph Plaskett Award in painting (2013). Her work is included in several collections, including the Collection Prêt d’œuvres d’art of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; the Ville de Montréal; RBC Bank and TD Bank. She lives and works in Montréal.

The artist would like to warmly thank the Joseph Plaskett Foundation, the Triangle Arts Association, NSCAD University and the Robert Pope Foundation, who supported the development of this new project. She would also like to acknowledge the contribution of her skilful and reliable studio assistants, Katie Lesser and Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle, as well as Donald Thompson, Martin Schop and Atelier Clark, who helped resolve many technical challenges.

Julie Trudel Noir d'ivoire et blanc de titane -- transparence et distorsion, 2016 Vue d'exposition Exhibition view Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Julie Trudel
Noir d’ivoire et blanc de titane — transparence et distorsion, 2016
Vue d’exposition
Exhibition view
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement: Irreversibles

November 7th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d'installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d’installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

For almost thirty years, Alain Paiement has been a key figure in contemporary Canadian photography. He researches the possibilities of how photography unfolds through time and space and translates this into images. Throughout his career, he has represented the movement of the world, at a micro level, mapping architectures with aerial views, and at a macro level, in representationsof solar and lunar cycles.

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d'installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d’installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

He now turns his attention to the depths of the ocean to capture videos of the hypnotic ballet of the moon jellyfish, and pieces of ice adrift on the Saint-Lawrence River. Here, Alain Paiement reaffirms the rigorous processes that characterize his approach as he plays with the images’ construction and the viewer’s perception. He reanimates series of still photographs or multiple perspectives of the same subject, juxtaposing these representations, but also altering their symmetry, synchrony, movement, and symbolism.

The manipulated images emerge from black backgrounds. It is difficult to determine whether they are photographs or moving images. They are blurring our perception of time, which seems distended and unstructured.

This important solo exhibition by Alain Paiement will be presented in two parts. The second instalment will take place in 2015.

The artist would like to thank Guilhem Molinier and the Fond de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d'installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d’installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement’s work has been presented in numerous exhibitions since the 1980s throughout Canada and the United States, but also in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He has received several prizes in contemporary photography, and has produced many public artworks in Québec, namely for the new CHUM in Montréal (2013). His work is included in major institutional and private collections in Canada, the US, Spain, and Belgium.

Alain Paiement Start, End, Here 2012 Épreuve numérique à pigments qualité archive Archival digital pigment print

Alain Paiement
Start, End, Here
2012
Épreuve numérique à pigments qualité archive
Archival digital pigment print

Jean-Benoit Pouliot: Counterpoints

September 29th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Jean-Benoît Pouliot Sans titre 2013-2014 Acrylique sur toile Acrylic on canvas 170 x 132 cm (67

Jean-Benoît Pouliot
Sans titre
2013-2014
Acrylique sur toile
Acrylic on canvas
170 x 132 cm (67″ x 52″)

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.

Jean-Benoît Pouliot Sans titre 2013-2014 Acrylique sur toile Acrylic on canvas 170 x 132 cm (67

Jean-Benoît Pouliot
Sans titre
2013-2014
Acrylique sur toile
Acrylic on canvas
170 x 132 cm (67″ x 52″)

Contrepoints

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  Sans titre 2014 acrylique sur toile acrylic on canvas 20.5 x 15 cm (8” x 6”)

Jean-Benoit Pouliot
Sans titre
2014
acrylique sur toile
acrylic on canvas
20.5 x 15 cm (8” x 6”)

Jean-Benoit Pouliot

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.

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