August 24 – October 7, 2016
Artist Reception Saturday, September 10th, 2-5pm
Lonsdale Gallery presents Liz Pead and Patrice Charbonneau in (Un)defined Spaces. The exhibition will be on view from Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, October 7, 2016 with a reception on Saturday, September 10th from 2-5pm. The artists will be in attendance.
(Un)defined Spaces features new work by Toronto-based artist, Liz Pead, and Montreal-based artist, Patrice Charbonneau. Spaces, whether interior or exterior, lived or abandoned, are neither uniform nor random, rather they are influenced by culture, habits, and experience. Focusing on diverse environments, these artists build a sense of longing and contemplative understanding in their work.
Raised in coastal New Brunswick, Pead has a profound connection to the Canadian landscape. An accomplished textile artist and painter, Pead explores nationalistic visions of the Canadian landscape and its effect on our ecology. Her paintings are informed by her textile practice and vice versa. Finding inspiration in the textile work of Anni Albers and Eva Hesse, Pead’s latest series are stitched material investigations in fine copper, steel, and brass. Embedded in these works is the presence of the artist’s hand and traces of her repetitive, labourious process. Somewhere between nostalgia and architectural grid, the sketches are the artist’s building blocks for a new terrain. These intimate works speak to the delicate, yet unyielding endurance of nature.
Charbonneau’s fascination with space is evident in his paintings and concurrent architectural practice. Whether translating a location or imagining a site, these settings guide the artist and his interpretations from the real to the invented. Thick impasto layers of acrylic paint are applied to his surfaces alongside carefully placed subtle lines denoting perspective and depth. Charbonneau describes the spaces of the everyday. His interests lie in capturing the unique and personal topography, conscious or unconscious, that everyone experiences. There is an order to Charbonneau’s paintings, evident in his brushwork and compositional strategies, that echo how spaces are ordered yet ephemeral. He hints at the familiar, amplifying the visual rhythms in his painting, which always seem to be about the whole aspect of life, not just a part of it.1
1 Craig Hood, Patrice Charbonneau, Upheaval and Boundaries (Montreal: Beaux-arts des Amériques, 2016).