Justin Lalancette at Galerie Dominique Bouffard

Exhibition: May 16 to June 13, 2015
Vernissage: Saturday May 16, 3 pm

Galerie Dominique Bouffard is pleased to present Gibier de potence, a solo exhibition by Justin Lalancette. In his most recent series of works, the artist takes us to a world of Expressionistic draftsmanship that is a natural outgrowth of Bad Painting and New York street art. This body of work consists in a suite of portraits of inert objects (mainly telephone poles) stereotypically representing our communications’ life force.

In each of his paintings, the electric pole is treated as a single entity, yet one whose role and raison d’être depend on its belonging to a circuit. Metaphorically speaking, it brings us to man in his individuality and his necessary interconnection with his fellows. Just like man, it fits within a whole that is maintained as a network by wiring that tends to get out of the canvas to reach towards other entities. It also gestures toward the idea of flight from something, namely: the flight from a central point out of which a tangle of lines go in various directions, that suggests more than it unveils. As the artist puts it in the quotation below, it is also the story of a forced denaturalisation, of a wild and crude appropriation of parallel animal worlds:

“It is a tree, straight and strong, that has become urban furniture, a pervasive and invisible set fixture, a road for fauna that is inaccessible to man, a gathering place where winged creatures can plot.”

(text: Galerie Dominique Bouffard)

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