MEGAN KRAUSE : A Shuffle and Pivot **EXTENDED**
Apr 2 – Jun 14, 2020
Opening: In the interest of public safety and security the vernissage for this show is cancelled, the gallery can be contacted by e-mail and Instagram @galeriedeste only and the exhibition can be viewed in its entirety online. We are taking every precaution following the directives of the Québec government. We thank you for your understanding. Take care.
Montreal, April 2nd, 2020 – Galerie D’Este is pleased to present A Shuffle and Pivot, the gallery’s first solo show for Winnipeg-based artist Megan Krause. The paintings in this exhibition imagine settlements at various stages of construction or dissemblance, in conversation with their surroundings.
Growing up in the two prairie cities of Winnipeg and Saskatoon, Megan has always been keen to observe any changes made to the seemingly flat horizon where she lives. Drawn to mountain imagery, she has come to notice the mountainous piles closer to home, which are man-made. For instance, when snow falls on the streets and sand is laid to combat icy conditions, it is eventually all gathered and brought to one giant hill just east of the city. It doesn't fully melt until July, and what is revealed is just a mountain of sand and dirt. Outside the city on the west side, there is a giant pit from which this sand was dug up. In civilization, we can't seem to escape making pits and piles to see us through to our needs and desires.
The fictional settlements that Megan depicts in her paintings consist mainly of tent-like structures, as they suggest a ready impermanence. Tents emphasize the idea that we are all transient people, forever susceptible to our changing environments, whether by choice or not. Megan's process of intuitive mark making and editing through the creation of transparent layers is not so dissimilar from how we, as transient people, make our mark on the landscapes we inhabit. In this day and age, we tend to plan for the short term: we decorate with colour, patterns and motifs, we constantly evolve and edit and then we move on. Through the process of painting, Megan meditates on what might be left behind, whether it is in the form of material deposits or landscape alteration. How does the surrounding environment respond to our settlements and our remains after we dismantle? What has been dug up and buried, only to be dug up again and then buried again?
Megan Krause completed her BFA Honours in Painting at the University of Manitoba in 2011. With an emphasis on the environment and human ecology, her work has gained wide recognition. She has received support from both the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council, including the Deep Bay Artists’ Residency, the Churchill Artists’ Residency, and the inaugural Nellie McClung Arts Legacy Award. Megan has taught painting and drawing at the Community School of Music and the Arts and at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Studio. In 2017/18 she served as board chair for Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), an organization that advocates to further the professional development of women artists in Winnipeg and abroad. Her work can be found in collections across Canada and the United States, including the National Art Bank of Canada. Megan resides in Winnipeg with her husband Jesse and daughter Frieda, and together they support each other’s creative endeavours.