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FOIRE PAPIER 2019 - MONTREAL


Canadian Contemporary Art Fair

VIP Thursday, April 25 (evening-ticketed)

General Admission: Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 29

Recent works by Jen Aitken, Hyang Cho and Melanie Authier on view at the Georgia Scherman Projects booth.

*For the first time this year, the fair will include mediums other than works on paper, giving visitors the chance to discover and appreciate a wide

range of contemporary art practices.

For more information please see http://papiermontreal.com/en/visitors/





UPCOMING CATALOGUE LAUNCH -  2019

 

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.





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

(left to right)  Staggered Acts , acrylic on canvas, 36” x 32”, 2018 and  Digger’s Mantra , acrylic on canvas, 28” x 24”, 2018

(left to right) Staggered Acts, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 32”, 2018 and Digger’s Mantra, acrylic on canvas, 28” x 24”, 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 Contrarieties 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.

Paper Eye,  acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72", 2016

Paper Eye, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72", 2016

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.

Melanie Authier, installation view  Contrarieties & Counterpoints , 2017 Galerie de l'UQAM, photo credit: Galerie de l'UQAM

Melanie Authier, installation view Contrarieties & Counterpoints, 2017 Galerie de l'UQAM, photo credit: Galerie de l'UQAM

Melanie Authier, installation view  Contrarieties & Counterpoints , 2017 Galerie de l'UQAM, photo credit: Galerie de l'UQAM

Melanie Authier, installation view Contrarieties & Counterpoints, 2017 Galerie de l'UQAM, photo credit: Galerie de l'UQAM

 

OTTAWA ART GALLERY -INAUGURAL GROUP EXHIBITION -  Àdisòkàmagan/Nous connaître un peu nous mêmes/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.

Mound , acrylic on canvas, 167.6 x 142.2 x 5 cm, 2014 - Ottawa Art Gallery Collection

Mound, acrylic on canvas, 167.6 x 142.2 x 5 cm, 2014 - Ottawa Art Gallery Collection

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 Àdisòkàmagan/Nous connaître un peu nous mêmes/We’ll all become stories is 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. 

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CURRENTLY ON VIEW - GROUP EXHIBITION

 

Arsenal Montreal Collection

Arsenal Montreal

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).

Authier's painting  Chimera , acrylic on canvas, 72" x 108", 2016 is one of fifteen works currently on view at the Arsenal Montreal.

Authier's painting Chimera, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 108", 2016 is one of fifteen works currently on view at the Arsenal Montreal.

 

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

Hybrid , acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72", 2014

Hybrid, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72", 2014