Jean-Sébastien Denis, Éliane Excoffier, Isabelle Guimond, Alexis Lavoie, Julie Ouellet
Hybrid brings together the work of Jean-Sébastien Denis, Éliane Excoffier, Isabelle Guimond, Alexis Lavoie and Julie Ouellet. These artists all have in common that their work is or has been exhibited in places other than the gallery, either currently or recently.
This exhibition shows a diversity of techniques (photography, drawing, painting). Jean-Sébastien Denis' intricate threads and networks rub shoulders with Alexis Lavoie's canvases composed of fragmented images, and Julie Ouellet's inks on paper reveal sinuous and labyrinthine lines. Éliane Excoffier offers two recent digital prints presented as a diptych, spectacular images taken during dives in Roatán, a small island in Honduras. These prints are the result of superimpositions of shots taken at this precise location. Isabelle Guimond presents a diptych that appears at first glance to be a positive and negative counterpart of the same composition made with charcoal and pastel; she also offers us the work Untitled (The Web) realized with the same mediums. These pieces are based on photos by Carolyne Scenna, co-creator of the Dorm Phenomenon project.
Each of these artists invests the two-dimensional space in such a way as to propose a complex, heterogeneous composition, made of perspective games. Hybrid reveals the richness of their approaches.
Image credit: Jean-Sébastien Denis, Tempête #2, 2010-2011, 194 x 412 cm © Jean-Sébastien Denis