February 20 to March 9, 2019
Opening: Saturday February 23, from 2-5 pm
Amer presents “Armistice”, an exhibition of large oil painting on recycled army tent canvases. The artist gives a second life to this military material by painting various icons, either industrial, of animals or everyday life objects. In this way, he symbolizes life returning back to normal after the end of hostilities following war time.
Amer was born in Montréal, Québec, where he lives and works. He obtained his diploma in graphic arts at Cegep Ahuntsic and completed a bachelor’s degree in commerce at McGill University. He worked in the printing sector for 7 years and in the metal transformation field for 5 years. “Armistice” is his second solo exhibition at Gallery Luz.
Botanical Forms with Sensibilities
Michele Larose, a visual artist from Montreal for whom environment installation, intervention and drawing are favored forms of expression is pursuing her exploration of ceramic material and expression for second year with “Natural History: Botanical Forms with Sensibilities”.
Inspired by Bernard Palissy’s (1510-1590, artist, ceramist, scientist) inquiries and his invention; the Rustic Ware, and informed by the longstanding relationship between humans and plants; botany and medicine and by natural history, “Natural History: Botanical Forms with Sensibilities” ponders and reflects on the centuries old and silent presence of the vegetal and porous frontier between the vegetal, the animal and the human.
Michele Larose and MANA have created and displayed projects and works, in group and solo exhibitions, in Perth and Melbourne, Australia (WASADM,Curtin University Art Gallery, Moore’s Building, Bread Box Gallery); in Milan and Como, Italy (Fondazione Ratti, Ex Chiesa di San Francesco di Como, Miniartextile, Spazio Ex Ticosa); Canada (Gallery Luz, McGill University) and Japan.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Honours, Curtin University, Perth, Australia. DEP École de Céramique Bonsecours, Montréal, Canada. FRCPC Psychiatry, Canada. Post Graduate Studies in Psychiatry, at McGill University and the Université de Montreal. Doctorat en médecine, Université de Laval, Québec, Canada
Á fleur de peau
Installation made of three elements
The first is a group of flower-looking metal shapes installed on a wall surface 9 by 6 feet. Each shape is not bigger than a foot in diameter and they are made of metal screen mesh.
The second element is a series of 8 by 8 inches gouache drawings mounted on wood installed side by side. A couple of inches separate each drawing allowing the viewer’s eye to make a connection between each drawing as if it were the same ‘line’ joining all of the drawings on the wall. The traces are organic and non-linear, lines tangling into each other, but still maintaining a clear and clean trace.
The third element is a hanging piece, 4 feet from the floor and one foot in diameter. This work is not unlike in quality to the drawings, although it is made of clear plastic (fishing line).
The installation is named in French “Á fleur de peau”. It speaks of feelings and sensations that come up to the surface of the body, the skin, from deep reservoirs of living experience, emotions of pain and pleasure. Having these feelings and sensations “á fleur de peau” makes us both vulnerable and strong. Acknowledging and welcoming these both states present on us hopefully make us a little bit wiser.
Mariela Borello is a Canadian, Argentinean born visual artist living in Montréal, Québec. She obtained an MFA from Concordia University, and she is a graduate from Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.
Her work has been exhibited in Montreal (B-312, Optica, Articule, Saidy Bronfman Centre of the Arts, La Centrale, Gallery Luz), Saskatoon (AKA’s Artist Center), Winnipeg (ACE Art Inc), Mexico (Temístocles 44) and Cameroon (Espace Doual’art)