Saturday, September 14, 2019

Artch: Emerging artists show @ Dominion Square

This weekend, Artch offers a juried, outdoor exhibition of 23 artists, all 35 and under, in Montreal's Dominion Square.

A few of the artists work in fibre, and I was especially taken with the work of Florence Giroux Gravel. She uses coloured thread, stretched with high tension between opposite sides of a frame, to create interesting effects. As the viewer moves, the threads seem to shimmer and shift in colour.

close-up detail of work above

Gravel also has some small compositions
in coloured thread,
stitched into a heavy paper background

I was reminded of the larger, more complex work by Gabriel Dawe that I saw a few years ago at the Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Gabriel Dawe, Wonder, 2017

I was also reminded of the way Sheila Hicks makes beautifully-textured work by wrapping yarn around stretcher bars.

Sheila Hicks, Grass Pathway to Work, 2018
linen, wood; 32 1/8 x 51 1/8 in.

Gravel will have a show at the AVE Gallery, 901 rue Lenoir, Montreal, October 24 - November 27, 2019.

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