Out of Town at Laroche/Joncas

Exhibition: August 8 – September 5, 2015

Lesley Anderson, Benjamin King, Sean Montgomery, François Simard
Out of Town

For our summer exhibition Out of Town, we have selected a group of paintings by artists that live elsewhere than Montreal. Lesley Anderson (Vancouver), Benjamin King (Brooklyn NY) Sean Montgomery (Ithaca NY) and François Simard (Québec city) whose paintings all realized with contrasting and diverse approaches: all use colors and movement in diverse ways. Two artists present an interpretation of reality, King’s Untitled 2011 a landscape painting which oscillates between figuration and abstraction and Montgomery’s Spring Thaw, which is part of a larger body of work inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Life in the Woods. Montgomery also has a series of 14 small Tartans paintings 12”x12”also on view. Presented for the first time in the gallery, the tartan series explores notions of identity. Lesley Anderson’s Untitled 2015 and François Simard’s very large triptych (84” x 240”) titled Spectrum from 2011-12, completes the exhibition. François Simard presented his first solo-exhibition with the gallery in June 2015.
Both artists explore color and it’s expressive potential. The approach Simard used to create his work which he qualifies as ‘soft edge’ using only color without any reference to figuration.The painter is interested in the vibration and kinetic space created with color and at the same time questioning these tensions, while Lesley Anderson’s favors a hard edge technique where complex composition uses geometric forms to structure the color. This spontaneous grouping allows the spectator to be surrounded with works that co-exist together for a few weeks, and to construct their own narratives that these mostly abstract works inspire. Lesley Anderson will be presenting her first solo exhibition with the gallery in September. For more information please contact the gallery.

Text: Galerie Laroche/Joncas
More info: http://larochejoncas.com

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