SOLO EXHIBITION, GEORGIA SCHERMAN PROJECTS, TORONTO, ON - OPENING OCTOBER 20, 2018
Amplitude of the Infinite
Opening Saturday, Oct. 20th 2-5pm
Exhibition runs through November 17th, 2018
Georgia Scherman Projects presents Amplitude of the Infinite, the gallery's fourth solo show with artist Melanie Authier.
Melanie Authier’s canvases bring viewers into a caterwaul of form, but also of competing histories. Citing High Modernist Abstraction in both her hard-edge and gestural painting, Authier
positions herself at the interstices of a visual contradiction. But other binaries figure in, as well: the synthetic and the organic, the technological and the natural, flatness and depth, the
atmospheric and the geological. Dynamisms mingle and co-exist in an exchange that stretches the limits of their allusions.
“I believe my work references and, at times, wrestles with the after-burn of painting’s past, art history with a capital ‘A’,” she reflects. “So my preoccupying question is, ‘Where do we go from
here?’” With a dialectical approach that roots down into the brush, each work “sets up a problem,” with Authier working through the possibility of irresolution as her response. As such, her
paintings churn up art’s freighted histories, with Authier shifting her weight between chaos and control.
In accompaniment to Authier’s seven-gallery touring exhibition Contrarities and Counterpoints (2016-18), a catalogue essay by Sky Goodden describes the painter as baroque for her
conversation between exterior and interior, and for her paintings’ roiling sympathies, elasticities, and their “willing loss of form.” Goodden writes, “She produces romantic gesture, unlikely light,
allaying cimmerian weight, and then crashing forms, sinking comment into vortex, erupting color from the deep.”
MUSEE REGIONAL DE RIMOUSKI, RIMOUSKI, QC - OPENING JUNE 17, 2018
Contrarieties & Counterpoints: Recent Paintings by Melanie Authier - Touring Solo Exhibition
On view June 7 - September 23
Artist talk / Exhibition tour June 17 at 1pm, official opening at 2pm
The Musee Regional de Rimouski will be the seventh and final stop of Authier's national touring solo exhibition. This exhibition curated by Robert Enright foregrounds Authier's recent works
on canvas as well as works on paper. This tour is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue that includes an introduction by Michelle Gewurtz, extended interview with Robert Enright, and essays
by Sky Goodden, Sarah Milroy and Ola Wlusek.
The full tour schedule is as follows:
Thames Art Gallery July 15 - September 11, 2016
Ottawa Art Gallery October 6, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Art Gallery of Guelph January 19 - April 2, 2017
College Art Galleries, University of Saskatoon May 12 - August 19, 2017
Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal October 23 - December 9, 2017
MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax January 13 - March 4, 2018
Musee Regional de Rimouski June 7 - September 23, 2018
*The artist would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and The City of Ottawa.
BORDER CROSSINGS MAGAZINE: BENJAMIN KLEIN'S REVIEW OF AUTHIER'S EXHIBITION
Read Benjamin Klein's review of Authier's Contrarieties & Counterpoints exhibition at Galerie UQAM in the Crossovers section of the current (March 2018) issue:
Border Crossings Magazine: Vol. 37, Num. 1, pg. 112 -11.
OTTAWA ART GALLERY -INAUGURAL GROUP EXHIBITION - WE'LL ALL BECOME STORIES
A SURVEY OF ART OF THE OTTAWA-GATINEAU REGION
April 28 – September 16, 2018
See Authier's work "Mound" in this inaugural Ottawa Art Gallery group exhibition.
This landmark exhibition surveys art in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. It brings historical art into dialogue with contemporary practices, including a series of newly commissioned works.
It is a story told from various perspectives, reflecting the interests and histories of diverse peoples.
Located at the confluence of three rivers, this region has long been a site of exchange and interaction. The intertwining concepts of the exhibition’s Anishnābe (Algonquin), French and
English titles encapsulate its layered narrative. The Anishnābe concept of Àdisòkàmagan implies that every object tells a story. In bringing these objects together, we emphasize the
crucial role of the arts in how we come to know ourselves. Author Gabrielle Roy underscored this with her statement, “nous connaîtrions-nous seulement un peu nous-mêmes sans les
arts?" Mapping the overlapping artistic narratives of this region also confirms what Margaret Atwood’s character Nell from “The Entities” observed: “In the end, we’ll all become stories.”
The works of art in this exhibition are presented along four thematic lines — Bodies, Bridging, Mapping, and Technologies — which emerged from an exploration of the art and
history of this region. Together, they offer a glimpse at how we interpret our world, and ourselves within it.
Curators: Rebecca Basciano, Jim Burant, Michelle Gewurtz and Catherine Sinclair
AUTHIER IN OTTAWA ART GALLERY PUBLICATION
Copies of "We'll all become stories" available as of April 28th at the Ottawa Art Gallery bookstore & gift shop. This is a comprehensive visual exploration of the art produced in the
Ottawa-Gatineau region going as far back as 6500 years. See Authier's painting alongside Victor Tolgesy sculpture pg. 22-23.
CURRENTLY ON VIEW - GROUP EXHIBITION
Arsenal Montreal Collection
2020 Rue William, Montreal, QC
Authier's painting "Chimera", acrylic on canvas, 72" x 108", 2016 is one of fifteen works currently on view at the Arsenal Montreal.
The exhibition includes Canadian artists (Jon Rafman, Janet Werner, Douglas Coupland, Kim Dorland, Jessica Eaton, Shannon Bool) and
international artists (Korakrit Arunanondchai, Jayson Musson, Eleanor King, Cory Arcangel).
UPCOMING CATALOGUE LAUNCH - 2018
A catalogue featuring Authier's "Grisailles" solo exhibition at Rodman Hall, St. Catharines (2013) will be available this year. This catalogue
will include essays by Jonathan Shaughnessy - Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada and Marcie Bronson - Curator
at Rodman Hall. Special thanks to the support of RBC that helped make this publication possible. There will be a catalogue launch (date
and venue TBA) in Toronto. -Please check back for more details.
AUTHIER'S PAINTING INCLUDED IN PRESTIGIOUS CANADA HOUSE ART COLLECTION, LONDON, UK
Authier's painting Hybrid is now housed in the Sir Wilfred Laurier room on the 3rd floor of Canada House in London,
England. The official opening of the newly refurbished Canadian Embassy took place on February 19th, 2015 at which time the artist met Her
Royal Majesty, the Queen. To view the Canada House art collection please click on the following link: www.canadahousecollection.co.uk