From February 08 2013 to March 17 2013
Aimer le désordre
Frédérique Ulman-Gagné, (MTL)
Exhibition February 8th to March 17th, 2013
Opening Friday February 8th, 2013
Artist Talk Saturday February 9th, 3pm
"I try to observe the natural movement of objects that move and re-position themselves in the everyday, as at my work: creating a dialogue between the two places, and to pursue a exploration, that I have already begun in my practice, of the identity of the artist and the identity of the mother. It is about looking at chaos as a self-generating still life or nature morte, without attempting to control it.
Having collaborated for several years with her son, the artist emphasizes the importance of this period in her practice. Her current research is the result of this work with her child and she is interested in the traces of this collaboration.
Through an abstract and personal representation of painting and drawing, Frédérique Ulman-Gagné works closely with everyday life. Her practice is built around autobiographical questions. It is a reflection through paint of multiple identities and places: the mother, child, artist, wife, lover, home, studio, living place and place of creation. The work is fragmentary and repetitive, immersed in the process.
"My attention is drawn to the gesture of painting. I draw a parallel between certain repetitive daily actions and the patterns that reoccur in my paintings. I note, for example, that certain actions like chopping vegetables, stirring soup, and washing dishes or the floor can reproduce themselves in my paintings. So, just as Charlie Chaplin could not help from nervously reproducing the repetitive movement of his work from the factory in Modern Times, my daily tasks have a direct link with the stroke of my brush. "
For La Centrale the artist presents research in painting that explores the question of disorder. The mess in the house, but also disorder in the studio. "I try to observe the natural movement of objects that move and re-position themselves in the everyday, as at my work: creating a dialogue between the two places, and to pursue a exploration, that I have already begun in my practice, of the identity of the artist and the identity of the mother. It is about looking at chaos as a self-generating still life or nature morte, without attempting to control it.
The disorder is in one way the subject that the artist observes in the creation of a painting. But it is also present in the painting itself, in the manner of painting, in attacking the canvas and sometimes leaving it incomplete - like a game with which you are having fun but you leave unfinished. In Aimer le désordre, the artist works with the idea of traces left by the presence of the child in her practice, by observing the passage of the child through the home (personal belongings that accumulate on the ground) and observing the passage of the child through the workshop (the effect of their collaboration on her way of painting).
Frédérique Ulman-Gagné was born in 1982 in Montreal. She holds a BFA from Concordia University (2007) and a MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2010).
The artist would like to thank the gallery Les Territories for their support as well as François Georget, Anna Lupien, Jean-François Lessage, Eric Steedman and Milan Martineau-Ulman.
To visit the artist's new website click here: http://frederique-ulman-gagne.com/