Klein

May 10 - June 16

Gallery 1

Benjamin Klein
Shifter Bender Striker

Video Room

Tyson Parks
Nomanisan

Opening Thursday May 10th from 5pm to 8pm
Benjamin Klein will be in attendance

963 rue Rachel Est
Montréal QC H2J 2J4

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BENJAMIN KLEIN


Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Benjamin Klein. These new works broaden the visual language and philosophical nature of Klein’s practice. As the artist writes:

My paintings depict a vivid, dreamlike night world, uncertain and relativistic in the fabric of its imaginary reality. In landscapes of liminal phantasmagoria – as well as between what we often differentiate as “figuration” and “abstraction” – I create believable illusions at the same time as disrupting them, to distinguish as well as to collide a broad range of interpretive possibilities. I paint along diverging and aggregating visual directions, adding and subtracting, planning beforehand but also playing with accidents and accretions; in effect experimenting as an artistic strategy in order to arrive at the richest possible pictorial result. Possible narratives exist in the work, as well as poetic, fabulist or parable-like fragments of textuality, in scenes that baffle any definite storyline, and resist being reduced to over-determined strategies or stylistic procedure, whether formal or conceptual. Potentially allegorical and engaged with symbolic and semiotic possibilities, these paintings nevertheless embody and express natural and possibly illogical/irrational emotional states. They carry the urgency and strangeness of dreaming, but they are not about dreams or visions, they are like them. When a painting is finished, it is because I can’t permit any more paradox or chaos to exist within it without destroying the particular and nuanced world I have created. Likewise emotionally, I charge the atmosphere of my work to the limit of its capacity, while editing and avoiding sentimentality and predictable use of cliché.

In the most recent work, dislocations of space and perspective have become more pronounced, the cast of characters broader and more allusive, and the atmosphere more animistic and otherworldly. Previously the work was concerned to remain at least a potential representation of our world, but now has become something else. Freed to represent a magical, oneiric ecosystem, it has become an image of representation itself – which may or may not philosophically be the same as reality in the full sense. I have engaged with the notion of the afterlife or the spirit world; not the actual existent one (if it does exist) as we imagine it along cultural or personal lines, but a realized metaphor for it. To the extent that there is a difference between such a metaphor and such a reality, I paint a place where the mind or the soul, which themselves can be seen as metaphors to begin with, are the figures for which their content becomes the ground.

I want to catch – not capture, but catch – the moment/place when and where reality and fiction unravel and combine, when reality and unreality become and are the same thing, where the rules bend and finally break – a landscape that generates the uncanny sense that the viewer is both there, and has been there before – even though it is not a realistically possible place or occurrence. The characters I depict are like the paintings they inhabit – the paintings themselves are the major characters, and all the things depicted within can be seen as figures, i.e. trees, flowers and clouds are just as potentially “alive” as tortoises, cows, or bunnies. The whole painting is asked/made to function as an “eye” that sees the viewer metaphorically just as the viewer literally sees the painting, much like a dramatic character that breaches the fourth wall and speaks directly to the audience.

What excites me the most about hand painting in oils on conventional canvases is the radical epistemological possibility that the so-called “window”, “into” which we “look” can be so activated as to bring into ontological question the status of physical objects as “real” (including our bodies, brains and sensory organs, and so our consciousness of existence and perception in the first place): it is reaching and (conceptually) breaching this empirical limit of our understanding that activates the content of my painting and drives its aesthetic meaning. Existence and existent fictions, and the consciousness of them may or may not be the same; a painting has to be aware of that and to make us aware of it. In a sense each painting returns to the origin point of creativity, aesthetics per se: the creation from nothing. The paradox is that only by psychologically acknowledging this epistemology can fact be distinguished from fiction – a process that in our time has taken on a primal, radical necessity.

- BK

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Benjamin Kleinwas born in Chicago and grew up in Montreal. Klein's landscape paintings depict a colourful, shadowy, and ambiguous nocturnal world of uncertain proportions and materiality. Shifting constantly in psychological as well as physical dimensions, his world is populated by anthropomorphized, animal-like characters that interact and metamorphose in fragmented scenes, fraught with semiotic and symbolic potential. He holds a BFA from Concordia University in Studio Arts, and an MFA from the University of Guelph. In 2010 he was a finalist in the RBC's National Painting Competition. He has exhibited across Canada, in the USA, the UK and Germany..

- Website of Benjamin Klein
- Click here to download the recent C.V. of the artist
- Tammer El-Sheikh “Benjamin Klein at Pierre-François Ouellette art Contemporaine”, akimbo, 2018
- Tess Martens “Gallery Visit: Ben Klein: Shifter Bender Striker”, Culture Fancier, 2018


WORKS


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Bender
Oil on canvas
152 x 127 cm (60" x 50")
2018
  Caller
Oil on canvas
106.5 x 137 cm (42" x 54")
2018
  Devourer
Oil on canvas
76 x 61 cm (30" x 24")
2018


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Diver (eclaircie pastorale)
Oil on canvas
127 x 152 cm (50" x 60")
2018
  Edge of the World Study
Oil on canvas
61 x 76 cm (24" x 30")
2017
  Face to Face
Oil on canvas
36 x 46 cm (14" x 18")
2017


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Glider
Oil on canvas
102 x 127 cm (40" x 50")
2018
  Hunter
Oil on canvas
102 x 127 cm (40" x 50")
2018
  Navigator
Oil on canvas
127 x 127 (50" x 50")
2018


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Scout
Oil on canvas
102 x 102 cm (40" x 40")
2017
  Shifter
Oil on canvas
152 x 152 cm (60" x 60")
2018
  Sneaker
Oil on canvas
51 x 41 cm (20" x 16")
2017


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Striker
Oil on canvas
76 x 102 cm (30" x 40")
2018
  Tracker
Oil on canvas
127 x 102 cm (50" x 40")
2018
  Twister
Oil on canvas
61 x 76 cm (24" x 30")
2017


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Tipping Point Study
2018
oil on canvas
76 x 102 cm (30" x 40”)
 
   



TYSON PARKS


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Nomanisan
2015
3D Animation
3min20s (Continuous Loop)
edition of 5


In the dedicated video room the gallery presents a 3D animation video by Tyson Parks entitled Nomanisan. An autobiographical video in which the artist calls upon how facets of his past work become nested and folded into future works. Nomanisan is a personal reflection upon the circulation of one’s ideas and their inevitable and unavoidable reappearance and repetition in one’s trajectory. It is about the persistent influence of ideas that are expressed but somehow remain unexplored.

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Tyson Parks is a Vancouver-based artist who makes work in a wide range of media, including sound, video, sculpture, 3D animation, interactive installation, software, and the internet. Parks' work explores the relationships between people and technology. His work is an examination of how perception affects human understanding in a technology-saturated world. Parks is interested in utilizing new technologies to create poetic fusions of otherwise disparate realities. The complicated relationships that arise from his showcasing of fused and forced realities serve as parables for how we relate to the world and to one another.

His work has been shown in Canadian galleries including in Montréal at Gallery Arsenal for C2MTL, Phi Centre for RBMA MTL, Eastern Bloc, Gallerie Pangeé, Société des Arts Technologiques, The Canadian Centre for Architecture, and PFOAC221, in Toronto at The Power Plant for Power Ball, US galleries in New York City including Superchief Soho and Family Business Gallery, in Los Angeles at PehrSpace and FatherSons Gallery, and internationally including in Paris at Le CenteQuatre-Paris for Biennale Némo, Trust Ltd, and Chromatic Festival Paris. His work has also been featured in publications such as Novembre Magazine (Switzerland), EXIT Magazine (Spain), and ETC Media Magazine (Montréal).

- Website of Tyson Parks
- Chick here to download the recent C.V. of the Artist

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