— Current and upcoming exhibitions
My most recent exhibition grew from an ongoing fascination with the ways in which humans interact with the natural world. I am interested in the places where nature’s hostility is apparent to humans- the weeds and tangles in a swamp filled with dangerous and deadly creatures or the craggy rocks overgrown with poisonous jungle flora.
Mark Puchala's first Montreal exhibition, Residual Tingles, is replete with figures and marks drawn from the natural world, both animal and mineral. Inserted into a semiotic landscape populated by enigmatic scratches reminiscent of old school graffiti or hobo glyphs, these figures float against a background of color gradient fields and lava lamp blobs.
Many stories based on the medieval period are intimately related with the forest. Arthurian legend depicts the forest as a place of transition and the unknown where knights willingly go to seek adventure and test their prowess. The road will fork, beasts will attack, and the devil will deceive, but our heroes always find their way.
Considering the predominant influence of music in the creation of his works, It was when he started looking at the different creative processes used in the composition of these songs that came the idea of using musical selections for both inspiration and as a theme for this first solo show. By tracing a parallel between music and painting, this exhibition explores further the notion of abstraction and its role in the creative process, provoking an interesting quid pro quo where the theme of abstraction lends itself to the play of interpretation.
In this body of paintings, Of Centaurs and Men, Mark Liam Smith creates a world of magical realism to examine the idea of liminality. Liminality means threshold or limit and indicates a transitional state or conceptual space between two positions, often dichotomies. The centaur, as a human-horse hybrid, perfectly articulates the liminal position: it is both human and horse while also being neither human nor horse.
The photographs of Damian Siqueiros illustrate his recurring concerns surrounding the construction of identity. They do so through the elements represented, as well as the technique used. Content and form are woven into a fabric of continuous reflection and open to questioning our self-representation and the world, what we consider to be essential and true. Each image constitutes the aestheticized shaping of a struggle that is at the same time intimate and social.
In most paintings, the figures are not engaged in any particular activity: They’re in an almost contemplative state – contemplating the beauty in their surroundings. They’re almost hedonistic, getting away from the craziness of the outside world and creating their own aesthetic.
As the gallery will be celebrating its 5th anniversary, selected gallery artists and invited artists were asked to create a brand new work. In this exhibition, we are presenting drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, a whole variety of mediums.
My works form a sort of unbridled journal. They immortalize the path of a person mystified daily by existence, people, objects, by nothing and everything: me. Although it is very personal, my work essentially broaches a universal theme: the relationship with another. Another who is both an invader and an indispensable ally, another in its material nature, present or absent.
Destined Fauna represents and depicts various wildlife escaping and thriving in an otherworldly utopia, an environment that has been untainted and preserved in perfection. The underlying theme present throughout each piece is the current climate crisis and the irreversible impact it has on wildlife.
Experimental photographer Osheen Harruthoonyan has a refreshingly organic and beautiful interpretation of our world. His newest body of work, entitled A Circle of Bluebirds, draws on the scientific principle of converting the earth’s electromagnetic spectrum into sound waves.