GROWTH / GROSSISSEMENT

Solo Exhibition
May 16 – June 16, 2013
Opening Reception: May 16, 5 – 7 PM
Beaux-Arts des Amériques
3944, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC
+1 (514) 481-2111

Catalogue essay by Jarrett Earnest, New York 2013

ARTIST STATEMENT // GROWTH
My drawings are human-sized. The scale of the work encourages the viewer to perceive the organic forms in relation to their own body and memory, as extensions. I refer to them as “maps of consciousness”, in that they are an investigation of drawing as an active tool in cultivating presentness. I seek to engage the viewer in the act of looking-as-thinking. They are not only about beauty and mastery but a conceptual engagement of drawing as a personal and political act. Means and content resist resolution but stay in productive tension, opening up the viewer’s own ways of knowing.

DÉCLARATION DE L’ARTISTE // GROSSISSEMENT
Mes dessins ont la taille de l’humain. Cette échelle des œuvres conduit l’observatrice/teur à percevoir les formes organiques en relation à son propre corps et à sa mémoire, comme des prolongements. Je les considère comme étant des « mappes de conscience » : une exploration du dessin en tant qu’instrument d’action pour cultiver la présence. Je cherche à susciter, chez l’observatrice/teur, l’acte du regard en tant que pensée. Ne sont pas en cause uniquement la beauté et la maîtrise, mais également une dimension conceptuelle du dessin comme acte personnel et politique. Sens et contenu résistent à la résolution, maintiennent une tension productive qui élargit, au contact du regard, les manières de savoir.

PAPIER13

April 25 – 28, 2013
Contemporary Art Fair of Works on Paper / Foire d’art contemporain d’oeuvres sur papier
Quartier des spectacles, Montréal, QC (with Beaux-Arts des Amériques)
For more information, please visit PAPIER 13

NEW REVIEW IN ART PRACTICAL

A new review, “Overturn the Artifice”,  by Mark Van Proyen is available online at Art Practical. The article features an image of one of my new charcoal drawings from the Growth series. The exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco continues until March 29th, 2013. Check it out!

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS // NEWS

Alex Chowaniec at 'Overturn the Artifice' Exhibition Opening

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Overturn the Artifice, opening in San Francisco on Friday, March 8th with a reception and performance from 6 – 9 PM. SOMArts Cultural Center is located at 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Three of my new large-scale charcoal drawings will be included in this group exhibition, curated by one of SOMArts’ 2012–13 Commons Curatorial Residency recipients, Jack Leamy. My Growth series is conceptual engagement of drawing as a personal and political act: “This cadre of artists selected by Jack Leamy utilizes masterful technical ability in tandem with unrivaled emotional sincerity in their relationship to the symbolic and their execution of aesthetically powerful figurative and abstract paintings and installations.” – Justin Hoover, SOMArts Curator and Gallery Director. The exhibition will be on view from March 8–29, 2013.

My Montréal gallery, Beaux-arts des Amériques, will be participating in 3 upcoming International Art Fairs: SCOPE with AGAC (Association des galeries d’art contemporain), the Affordable Art Fair and PAPIER13.

I will be at SCOPE during Armory Week (March 6 – 10) and my new work will be featured at AAF at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City from April 3 – 7 and at PAPIER13 at the Quartier des spectacles in Montreal from April 25 – 28.

Please save-the-date for my solo exhibition opening in Montréal, at Beaux-arts des Amériques, on May 16th. This exhibition presents my most recent collection of large-scale charcoal drawings. More information to follow. Beaux-arts des Amériques is located at 3944, rue St-Denis, Montréal, Québec H2W 2M2.

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