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November 9 - December 21, 2019

Gallery 1 : Dil Hildebrand
You buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones

Video Room : Luc Courchesne
Naked in Paradise

Gallery 2 : Shuvinai Ashoona
Clin d’œil à Shuvinai Ashoona

Opening Saturday November 9th from 3:00 pm tp 5:00 pm
Open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

963 rue Rachel Est
Montréal QC H2J 2J4

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DIL HILDEBRAND   /  LUC COURCHESNE   /  SHUVINAI ASHOONA   / 


DIL HILDEBRAND 

Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present "You buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones", a solo exhibition of new works by Dil Hildebrand.

For this exhibition, Hildebrand arranges a selection of anachronistic sculptures, paintings and drawings. Generated from an array of pre-modern and modern sources, enlisting Medieval, Cubist and Constructivist formal vocabularies, Hildebrand’s ideas and images emerge out of a dialogue with art history in the wake of conceptual art.

Hildebrand’s paintings, made with acrylic media and nylon flocking on acrylic panels, are based on rugs and wallpaper motifs, palettes and textures from Medieval and Victorian origins. Flocking, a surface treatment of filament powder used as early as 3000 years ago, is now commonly used to make carpets and to decorate wallpaper and consumer products. Applied with silkscreens onto clear acrylic panels that echo touch-screens, Hildebrand uses contemporary materials and processes to make paintings that cut across time, linking new technologies with their lineage in traditional image craft. The sculptures that Hildebrand introduces into the company of his paintings similarly appear suspended in time, recalling bas-relief sculpture and church statuary while applying a decidedly modern cut-and-paste approach. Made of wood, plaster, foam, sand and sawdust, the sculptures echo pre-modern objects excavated from the earth, like Pompeiian relics. The 9’ long frieze sculpture Procession, the first section of an ongoing artwork, is derived from a tradition of Western art depicting long ceremonial processions attending church clerics through city streets. Read (and created) from left to right, Hildebrand’s version is populated with more-or-less abstract and representational forms, composing a narrative arc and appearing to represent several actions unfolding, or perhaps a series of the artist’s thoughts in process.

The title of Figure 1.m is a play on words, referring to its clearly figural form and also to the type of textual notation that indicates an image when speaking of something from the past. What is essentially a fully abstract object is made humanoid by the addition of a robe. The figure gestures enigmatically, as though a story might be discerned, but nonetheless does not reveal the meaning of the symbols that adorn it.

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Born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Dil Hildebrand lives and works in Montreal. He has recently mounted a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Burlington, ON, and is currently exhibiting Dancing on the Grave, a duo exhibition with Patrick Thibert at Woodstock Gallery, ON. His work is included in public collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This will be Dil Hildebrand's fifth solo exhibition with the gallery.  

The artist would like to thank James Gardner, Dominique Leclerc-Catala, Cathia Pagotto, Cassandre Boucher, Atelier Circulaire and the Canada Council for the Arts.

- Dil Hildebrand's website
- Dil Hildebrand's page on the PFOAC website
- Click here to download the Dil Hildebrand's recent C.V.


WORK
landscape
Procession (part 1-4)
2019
Wood, paper, foam, plaster, sand, sawdust, glue
157.5 cm x 142.2 cm x 50.8 cm (62" x 56" x 20")


landscape landscape landscape
Procession (part 1-2)
2019
Wood, paper, foam, plaster, sand, sawdust, glue
157.5 cm x 142.2 cm x 50.8 cm (62" x 56" x 20")
Procession (part 1)
2019
Wood, paper, foam, plaster, sand, sawdust, glue
142 cm x 80 cm x 51 cm (56” x 32” x 20”)
Procession (part 2)
2019
Wood, paper, foam, plaster, sand, sawdust, glue
81.3 cm x 142.2 cm x 50.8 cm (32” x 56” x 20”)


landscape landscape
Figure M
2019
Wood, paper, foam, plaster, sand, sawdust, glue
187.6 cm x 114.3 cm x 78.7 cm (74” x 45” x 31”)
MUP
2019
Wood, paper, foam, plaster, sand, sawdust, glue
157.8 cm x 45.7 cm x 5 cm (62” x 18” x 6”)


DIL DIL DIL
Modus
2019
acrylic media, nylon fibre, epoxy on acrylic panel mounted to wood
92.7 cm x 64.7 cm (35.5" x 26.5")
Teppiche
2019
acrylic media, nylon fibre, epoxy on acrylic panel mounted to wood
157.4 cm x 101.6 cm (62” x 40”)
det
2019
acrylic media, nylon fibre, epoxy on acrylic panel mounted to wood
92.7 cm x 64.7 cm (35.5” x 26.5”)


DIL DIL  
Peaches
2019
acrylic media, nylon fibre, epoxy on acrylic panel mounted to wood
92.7 cm x 64.7 cm (35.5” x 26.5”)
A-Frame
2019
acrylique, fibre de nylon, époxy sur panneau acrylique monté sur bois
92.7 cm x 64.7 cm (35.5” x 26.5”)




LUC COURCHESNE

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is proud to offer the public the opportunity to discover a work emblematic of the interactive work of Luc Courchesne, winner of the 2019 Paul-Émile-Borduas Prize in Visual Arts, Crafts and Digital Arts: "Naked in Paradise". As part of the exhibition, the artist will also unveil a limited-edition artist's book.

“Naked in Paradise” is a VR installation exposing the life and works of artist Luc Courchesne as an archive constructed more or less arbitrarily by the computer. The explorable space of the archive, featuring fully functional versions of his early interactive works such as PORTRAIT ONE (1990), stretches between two polarities: the Future, a dark space where light has not penetrated yet, and the Past bathing in the lights of our souvenirs and known facts. At the periphery, the explorable space is a featureless white cloud (in the distant past) and dark cloud (in the distant Future stretching beyond what can be imagined. In between, the cosy familiarity of a Present exposing the artist lifetime from birth till today. An important aspect of the space is that it can be organized and reorganized by computer algorithms in real-time on demand. Some of these algorithms have been programmed to create familiar architectures (objects organized along a timeline, by categories, etc), others are generated by the computer itself (random constructions, by keyword, etc) to reveal, from the same assets, different geographies of one’s own times. The title NAKED IN PARADISE expresses the pleasure of fully exposing vast amounts of information and of allowing to embrace the whole as well a to dive and explore any of the discrete elements. In its current form, the VR database is downloadable as a Unity3D build for the current generation of head mounted displays.

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Luc Courchesne is a pioneer in the digital arts. From interactive portraits to immersive experience systems, he has created innovative and engaging works that have earned him prestigious awards such as the Grand Prize of the ICC Biennale in Tokyo in 1997, several mentions and the Award of Distinction of Ars

- Luc Courchesne's website
- Luc Courchesne's page on the PFOAC website
- Click here to download the Luc Courchesne's recent C.V.
- A tribute installation of the artist's panoscopic works is also on display in the offices.


WORKS


LUC DIL
Naked In Paradise
2019
Virtual reality immersive installation


SHUVINAI ASHOONA

"When I start to draw I remember things that I have experienced or seen. Although I do not attempt to recreate these images exactly, that is what might happen. Sometimes they come out more realistically but sometimes they turn out completely different. That is what happens when I draw."

- Shuvinai Ashoona (From “Ghost Noise”; Produced and directed by Marcia Connolly, 2010)

The gallery Pierre-François Ouellette is honored to present in collaboration with Dorset Fine Arts/West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative on their 60th year anniversary of the creation of the Kinngait Studios a selection of drawings of the 2018 Gershon Iskowitz Prize: Shuvinai Ashoona whose major touring exhibition organized by the PowerPlant just opened at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery - Concordia University.

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Shuvinai Ashoona (b. 1961) began to draw in the early 1990s. Although never formally trained, Ashoona's family and the Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset have provided her with a creative atmosphere. Her grandmother is the renowned artist Pitseolak Ashoona and her father is sculptor Kiawak Ashoona.

“In the past Ashoona's work tended to focus on the Arctic landscape. Today, her work explores a new dynamism through compositions that depict human figures and other creatures with cleverly hidden imagery, and utilizes a wide colour spectrum. The evolution in Ashoona's artistic style points to a highly developed artistic sensibility. Her often unusual and imaginative creatures, animals, and monsters are balanced by a very careful and detailed drawing technique. Her work is comprised of both the elements of her community environment as well as the personal world of her own imagination.

Represented in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Canada, her work has been included in several international exhibitions, such as Basel, Switzerland's 'City Sky' (2008), the Sydney Biennale (2012), and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's major exhibition "Oh, Canada" (2012). She is a leading contemporary Canadian artist and is in numerous collections of major art institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the BMO Financial Group, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the TD Bank Group, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery”

- Russell Bingham, "Shuvinai Ashoona" Historica Canada.

Link on excerpt of From Ghost Noise; Produced and directed by Marcia Connolly, 2010


WORKS
Ashoona Ashoona Ashoona
148-1099 [Earths and Communication]
2007-2008
Graphite and ink
66.2 cm x 51 cm (26” x 20”)
148-1338 [Giants Over the Hamlet]
2008-2009
Colored pencil and ink
75.8 cm x 56 cm (29.75” x 22”)
148-1623 [On the Shore]
2010
Graphite and ink
49 cm x 65 cm (19.25” x 25.5”)


Ashoona Ashoona Ashoona
148-1623 [On the Shore]
2019
Colored pencil and ink
64.9 cm x 49.9 cm (25.5” x 19.5”)
148-1815 [Pregnancies in Universe]
2014
Graphite, colored pencil and ink
93.8 cm x 126 cm (36.75” x 49.5”)
148-2039 [Flying Cards and Earths]
2017
Graphite, colored pencil and ink
76.1 cm x 58.5 cm (30” x 23”)


Ashoona Ashoona
148-1808 [Superheroes]
2014
Graphite, colored pencil and ink
84.1 x 114.3 cm (33.25” x 45 .25”)
148-1812 [Icefloat in the Sky]
2015
Graphite, colored pencil and ink
122cm x 159 cm (48” x 62.5”)



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