PASSAGE | Group show
Dates: October 25 - November 17, 2018
Opening vernissage: Thursday October 25th, 5-8pm
Through different mediums and ideals, all the artists here exposed express a common desire to change perceptions, morals or any established fact. Figures and silhouettes represent a necessary transition if not in progress. Objects lose their first aesthetic function to challenge preconceived ideas. Works that need to be contemplated, to see in each movement a breach revealing what they read.
Carpintero started using impasto as a way to better grasp reality in his work but the more he uses this technique, the further away he gets from it. He is obsessed with things that are in flux, and his biggest challenge is to represent these moments of transition.
Levasseur has built a body of work composed of paintings, animated films and now ceramic sculptures revolving around identity and perception. In this era of crisis and anxiety, her work questions our conception of the reality based on our limited human senses and knowledge of nature.
Ceramist by trade, the decorative object is at the heart of Craste’s artistic practice. He transforms the frozen nature of his works, sometimes marked by violent alteration. In this way his approach explores the sociological and historical archetypes, questionning the status of the object of collection itself.
Scraping and adding, Jenkins continuously work and rework the surface. The figures emerge and at times spill over the edge, allowing them to merge with or rub roughly against the world beyond the painting. These distorted human forms seem to investigate their own experiences and identities.
An activist and feminist artist, MissMe uses her art and Vandals to give a voice to those who are generally marginalized, passionately advocating for women as key members of their communities. Her powerful style, often perceived as provocative, definitely leaves no one indifferent.
Chevrier's portraits are quite literally torn between the fantastical heroics and iconography of comic books and the harsher underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity and the exposed superficial illusion therein. Exhibiting a male-dominated world within her 'Cages', Chevrier's subjects denounce the role given to the female counterpart therein, refusing to play the part of seducer or victim.
Snik + Nuno Viegas
Specialising in hand-cut stencil art, the artist duo Snik has developed a unique captivating style, painting walls inside and out. Strongly influenced by graffiti as well, Viegas presents us with a contrast between the visually aggressive reality of this subworld and his peaceful and clean representation in his works. Their collaboration all together started with a mural at Berlin and now comes on canvas.
The Doodys seek to cultivate an unbridled space where contemplation and entertainment mingle. Their work also explores the migration of contemporary culture into the realm of the virtual network, reconsidering presence, absence and reproducibility as we sculpt our understanding of authenticity.
Self-taught painter, Agrinier breathes naive joy into his paintings, also swept by drips, splashes and colorful bursts. Celebrating what is positive and calling for hope testifies to his strong belief that a forced march optimism is necessary to move forward, improve oneself and change the world.
Eric Nado lives and works in Montreal. For 20 years, he has collected, deconstructed and reassembled industrial objects in series. Each of the resulting sculptures is a true technical exploration. His concern for skills and performance always comes with a common thread to the artist’s work: the storytelling of our collective past through the creation of evocative works.