Presence and Absence, 2013, plexiglass, styrofoam, paint and transparent resin, 150 x 25 x 25 cm (each)

« Ambivalence : shape and shapelessness » is an exhibition currated by Fred Laforge for the 10 year anniversary of [sas] Galerie. The exhibition occurs from 31th January to 2nd March. Fred Laforge presents thoughts on one of the questions raised by his artistic work : What is the shape of the art object and how do we perceive it ?

As ugliness can only be perceived through the knowledge of beauty, the shapelessness seems to appear only by the negation of shape. The shapelessness belongs to the category of fleeting the concepts, hard to define, not to say ambivalent. Naming shapelessness is naming the inexpressible; it is unveiling what seems, in principal, indistinguishable. The goal of the present exhibition will be to reveal how the work of certain artists suggests this dubiety between shape and shapelessness. Far from dogmatic speeches on the limits between figurative and abstract art, modern artists work seems more preoccupied by the ambiguity between the alike and the unalike, between the visible and the invisible. This ambivalence between the shape and the shapelessness is part of a will of reconciliation between the known and the unknown, between the meaning and the absence of meaning. As the beautiful can shoot up from the ugly, the shape emerges from the shapelessness.

ANDRÉE ANNE DEPUIS-BOURRET – CHLOÉ DESJARDINS – ÉRIC CARDINAL – FRED LAFORGE – SIMON BILODEAU


Photo credits: David Bishop-Noriega


Objects of all desires, group show presented at SAS Gallery in Montreal in 2013

The object is becoming more and more present in contemporary art. There is an increasing amount of artworks being presented either in the form of isolated objects or as the object that is being integrated into its components. The object comes to be either the center of the artwork or served as the medium. It transforms into a “vehicle” and a privileged witness in providing a message. ‘Objects of all Desires’ aspires to show the power the object has on our receptivity and its attractive force in the most invasive place in our societies.

PATRICK BÉRUBÉ – CATHERINE BOLDUC – ERIC CARDINAL – LAURENT CRASTE – CHLOÉ DESJARDINS – PETER GNASS – GUILLAUME LABRIE – SHELLEY MILLER – KARINE PAYETTE – VÉRONIQUE LA PERRIÈRE


Photo credits: Guy L’Heureux et David Bishop-Noriega