CATHERINE BOLDUC: La vie parallèle
Apr 11 – May 5, 2019
Galerie D’Este is pleased to present La vie parallèle, a solo exhibition of recent works by Catherine Bolduc.
In this new series of works on paper, I appropriate photographs and illustrations from commercial image archives normally used by graphic designers and advertising agencies. My marks in pencil, watercolour and fluorescent acrylic paint on the inkjet-printed surface seem to flow and pool, evoking waterfalls, tornadoes, and volcanic eruptions as they fill the depicted spaces. These slick, sugar-coated representations of everyday life become contaminated by my hand, revealing a parallel inner life of a more emotional order (or disorder?).
In gleaning these stock images online, I am drawn to representations of generic and idealized locations. Bedrooms, living rooms, entry halls and restaurants, for example, in a variety of styles from modern minimalism to baroque excess to lounging orientalism. I also select those populated by figures in poses suggesting fatigue, boredom or daydreaming. In La vie parallèle, I continue my exploration of this singular trance-like emotional state of being “a million miles away”. In daydreaming, consciousness is not completely detached from reality, but is removed enough to invite the intrusion of fiction into otherwise plausible perception. The flow of fantasy illustrated in this series of works is pictorial, overlaying ethereal landscapes onto familiar locations, and celebrating the possibility of a parallel reading of the world, one which might map onto a fantastical psychic space, vast and open, where reality need no longer play by the usual rules.
- Catherine Bolduc (free translation)
Catherine Bolduc is a visual artist born in Quebec (Canada) in 1970. She lives and works in Montreal. She has had several solo and group exhibitions in Quebec and abroad (Japan, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands and the United States). She has taken part in various artist residencies abroad, including the prestigious Künstlerhaus Bethanienin Berlin, the Studio du Québec à Tokyo and, in the context of Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, Ireland. She has received numerous awards, including the Bourse Duchamp-Villon 2001, Best Publication at the Gala des arts visuels 2012 and the Powerhouse Prize 2013. She also has received many research grants (Canada Council for the Arts and Quebec Council for the Arts). Her eight permanent public sculpture will be inaugurated in 2019. Her works belong to important private and public collections including those of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.