Current exhibition
JENNIFER ALLEYN
Le CATALOGUE des TRACES
From May 15 to August 21, 2022
Current exhibition
JOSIANNE BOLDUC
Caméo
From May 15 to August 21, 2022
Current exhibition
VIOLETTE DIONE
Eurêka! Inventions de tout genre...
From May 15 to August 21, 2022
Current exhibition
ANDRÉE MARCOUX
Bestiaire
From May 15 to August 21, 2022

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CURRENT EXHIBITION
Ensemble

From May 15 to August 21, 2022

The exhibition Ensemble brings together the work of four artists, themed around the concept of community and the interactions within a group of people. While communities are typically defined as folk who are united by common interests, origins or similar outlooks on life, communities are also fluid and are constantly changing. Members of a community are as diverse as they are unique and they maintain relationships with one another on many different levels. Sculptor Violette Dionne looks at the relationship between the body and the machine. Her pieces depict machine-like workers and unusual industrial objects. Josianne Bolduc and Jennifer Alleyn on the other hand, explore the relationships that members of a community have with their fellow humans and the places they frequent. Last, but not least, artist Andrée Marcoux casts a fond eye on animals, portraying these sentient beings that are constantly interacting with people. Through their different practices and approaches, the artists, whose works are represented in this exhibition, are exploring the links between all living beings – how they act, their memories, what and how they create things and their bodies. They are all individuals with unique characteristics and yet they display many similarities. 

JENNIFER ALLEYN
Le CATALOGUE des TRACES

Jennifer Alleyn EnsembleFrom May 15 to August 21, 2022

Jennifer Alleyn, already an established cinematographer, is venturing into other artistic practises, namely installation art and photography. Her work focuses on how memory can recall lost objects. Le catalogue des traces, her current exhibition, is inspired by her own family background. Alleyn is the daughter of a Swiss immigrant and she addresses the difficulties newcomers face when arriving in Quebec, whether that be coping with a sense of loss or overcoming challenges. Based on a number of interviews with immigrants in which she asks what things they had to abandon when leaving their country of origin, the artist has come up with a list of ‘objects left behind.’ She then invited local residents to be part of her artistic endeavour, asking them to come up an object from their own home that might relate to something on her list. Interestingly, the objects proved to highlight the commonalities between human beings, not the differences, resulting in a dialogue between the two groups of people. Alleyn has won a number of prizes for her film work, including the price Création awarded by the Observatoire du cinéma au Québec (OCQ) (in conjunction with the faculty of Arts and Science at Université de Montréal).

JOSIANNE BOLDUC
Caméo

Josiane Bolduc EnsembleFrom May 15 to August 21, 2022

A finalist for the CALQ award – ‘Artist of the year in the Eastern Townships’ – Josianne Bolduc transposes, borrows and recycles various ideas in her work. The projet Caméo (2021), an interactive installation originally situated in an urban setting in the window of an unoccupied space, is typical of her approach. Equipped with motion detectors and real-time photographic software, the installation records people as they wander by or stop in front of the window and projects these random images onto a screen. As part of the exhibition Ensemble, the installation illustrates how public art spaces devoted to art are places for people to gather and socialize. This temporary project reveals how images of hundreds of people strolling through such a public space create a large, living ‘mural’ that reflects the emotional relationships passersby have with one another and with the space itself.

VIOLETTE DIONNE
Eurêka! Inventions de tout genre...

From May 15 to August 21, 2022

By using the human body as the focus of her artistic approach, Violette Dionne depicts the mechanics of a body as it moves, while at the same time, questioning the world of industry. Her artwork is a departure from the way that a sculpture and a machine usually appear to the viewer. The artist combines the two subjects, evoking a link with the working environment. To create a textured look, Dionne applies glazes and oxidized juices, making a piece appear even more realistic – as if it has actually been manufactured for a particular purpose. The effort she puts into creating one of her striking sculptures is, in itself, an example of the world of work. She illustrates that there is very little difference between the mechanics of a body and the mechanics of a machine.

ANDRÉE MARCOUX
Bestiaire

From May 15 to August 21, 2022

Originally from Valcourt, animal artist Andrée Marcoux is currently showing Bestiaire, her third solo exhibition at the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre. This new corpus marks a turning point in Marcoux’ artistic journey. In this exhibition, her images are principally rendered in black and white. Working with India ink and charcoal – materials born of the soil – she homes in on the very essence of a wild animal, isolating it from its natural habitat. The exhibition is a meditation on the justification for capturing wild animals or the impact of human civilization on biodiversity – a reflection of the artist’s profound love of the animal world. These realistic-looking animals (some almost life-size) invite the viewer to observe them at close quarters in exquisite detail – all the better to love them, just as it should be!

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