Contrefaçons – Claudie Gagnon

MAY 11 TO JUNE 10 2018 

Galerie 3 is very proud to present Claudie Gagnon’s first solo exhibition at a private gallery. A major figure in Quebec contemporary art, Gagnon will be presenting the as-yet-unseen product of her recent research.

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 Contrefaçons showcases a new series of photo paintings resulting from the artist’s meticulous and exhaustive research spanning over 500 years of painting history. Appropriating works from art history, Gagnon has created a series of images that directly reference or reimagine both well-known and forgotten painters. Without the use of technology, the artist paints freely over her photographs, adding anecdotal and anachronistic details to images that are already highly connotative. These works have a remarkable material quality and a certain whimsy; their inventiveness and poetry both captivate and surprise us. Drawn from her current and past research, these pastiches also reflect the artist’s interrogations on appropriation and references in contemporary art at a time when art is increasingly democratized by new technologies and artistic cycles are accelerated.

A self-taught artist, Claudie Gagnon’s practice involves reusing and recycling everyday objects, concepts, and canonical works of art, as well as audio and visual influences that are an integral part of our high and popular culture. Marked by their playfulness and poetry, Gagnon’s multidisciplinary practice takes various forms including installation, tableaux vivants, theatrical interventions, video, photography, “food art,” and more. Her work has been exhibited in various artist-run centres, museums, and festivals in Quebec and across Canada, as well as in France, Italy, Japan, and China. Her work is collected by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Collection Loto-Québec as well as numerous private collections. In recent years, Gagnon has designed art integration projects for architecture and the environment for Le Carré 150 in Victoriaville, the Musée d’art de Joliette, and the Monique-Corriveau library in Quebec City.

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