News : Exhibitions
Rouge - Espace Verre - September 19, 2013 until 10 January 2014
posted: September 14, 2013
Montreal, September 10, 2013 – From September 19, 2013, to January 10, 2014, Espace VERRE’s gallery will present the works of eight glass artists inspired by the vibrant and emotionally charged colour red. True to their individual work processes, glass artists Chloé Charette, Jean-Marie Giguère, Cédric Ginart & Karina Guévin, ITO, Lisanne Lachance, Mun Muntadas, and Jean-Simon Trottier created unique glass pieces from the many imageries evoked by the colour of passion, drama, and life. The exhibition will open in the presence of the artists, on Thursday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m.
In Chloé Charette’s universe, the colour red suggests life, in a fragile balance between creation – the potential of life, birth, and the beginning – and the end, suggesting the imminence of death, the void, and what has been forgotten. Charette proposes an installation where the visitor becomes the symbol of human existence, where each "red" is different: sometimes warm and loving, and sometimes enraged and violent.
For Jean-Marie Giguère, red invokes interpersonal exchanges. From the feeling of indifference to that of love at first sight, each contact is unique, some more electrifying than others. He uses the colour red as the vector of pure emotion, in this very contemporary aesthetical ensemble.
Virtuosos of flame worked glass, the duo Cédric Ginart & Karina Guévin have imagined a lyrically poetic installation, where red transcends physical boundaries and jubilantly bursts out of the seams, for the pleasure of our eyes.
Inspired by the majestic landscapes of the Northern Coast of Quebec, ITO created a hymn to its rivers, whose power is persistently sought after and exploited. Her glass and wood installation associates energetic rivers with the engorged veins of a human. The colour red suggests the inside of a body, as well as the magma of the earth. Like a tourniquet, ITO was able to cleverly recreate a constriction movement, slowing down the piece’s composition.
For Lisanne Lachance, red is a symbol of womanhood, the awareness of becoming one, the veiled teasing that makes women desirable, as well as the complicity of shared sorrows. Red is a symbol of a life that is carried, as well as lost. The dutiful suffering to be beautiful… Working with Parisian erotic postcards from the Roaring 20s, Lachance gives us an increasing dramatic view of women; simultaneously perceived as objects of desire and pain.
Likewise, Mun Muntadas associates red to femininity, but with a representation of the woman’s fertility cycle. Muntadas’ piece questions the ecological impact left by the lunar menstrual cycle that for one woman only can mean at least 10 000 discarded tampons.
For Jean-Simon Trottier, red is the colour that betrays emotions. Stemming from human nature of being red-faced from shame, anger or shyness, he’ll emphasize the traits of our faces and make the blood that makes us blush speak volumes.
Espace VERRE is a glass art creativity center located at 1200 Mill Street in Montreal. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as the last Sunday of every month from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admittance is free.
Kaléidoscope on the road! - The exhibition will make its way around the province of Quebec until 2014
posted: February 8, 2012
Until April 15, 2012, the Centre national d’exposition in Jonquière presents Kaléidoscope : variations sur le verre, the notorious glass exhibition organized and circulated by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Over thirty pieces are presented to demonstrate the multitude of avenues explored by contemporary Quebec glass artists.
The exhibition will make its way around the province of Quebec until 2014.
Next stop: Musée régional de la Côte-Nord, from June 16 through September 2, 2012
Centre national d’exposition
4160 du Vieux-Pont, mont Jacob, Jonquière
Image: © Caroline Ouellette, Vénus II, 2006, Blown, kiln cast and flameworked glass, 42 x 34,5 x 20 cm, purchase, 2010.216