September 18 to December 11, 2016
A lover of flora and fauna – subjects that fascinate her – Andrée Marcoux has long considered drawing to be of prime importance. Inspired primarily by the surrounding landscape, she now combines depictions of animals with still lifes, through a mix of mediums – painting, sculpture and scratchboard. The artist focuses on the emotions displayed by the subjects, capturing them off-guard – a technique that lends itself to a certain purity of expression.
Scratchboard, a precise drawing technique, brings fresh challenges and new elements to Marcoux’s work. Etched with an X-Acto knife on a sheet of clay coated with Indian ink, it brings out the light, the dimension and the shape, which, for the artist, takes on an almost magical quality but leaves no room for error. The end result is precise and allows her to choose a range of mediums, governed by what inspires her.
Classical, and at the same time realistic and whimsical, amalgames is an affectionate body of work that conveys the artist’s passion for the subjects she captures in situ.
A self-taught artist, Yves de Montigny specializes in direct carving.
With a real feeling for diverse materials, de Montigny, at an early age, discovered their potential by playing with modelling clay and by building sand castles. Ephemeral art and land art also played a role in his artistic journey, feeding in him a desire to work with basic blocks of stone, wood and bronze – materials as raw as the emotions he conveys.
De Montigny explores the body from every angle, at times playing with movement, at times with a subject that prompts the viewer to react, to question or to reflect – reflections on the way we look at others and about the way others look at us, the barriers that we erect or deconstruct.
A metaphor for life and the unexpected turns it takes, the artist’s work invites the viewer to ponder over feelings about experiences such as death and mourning, in an intimate, disarmingly sensual manner.