Jean-Sébastien Denis

OFF SITE — Jean-Sébastien Denis. Aberrations @ Galerie d'Outremont
July 11, 2024 to Sept. 1, 2024

The public is invited to attend the opening of artist Jean-Sébastien Denis' exhibition Aberrations at Galerie d'Outremont on July 11, starting at 5 p.m.

Jean-Sébastien Denis is fascinated by the experience of colour, and by the links between painting, photography and the digital universe. With this immersive pictorial installation, nourished by games of perception and pretense, this exhibition offers a pictorial universe that is both seductive and destabilizing.

Borrowing from sculpture's three-dimensionality and from performance art's interference of the body, Jean-Sébastien Denis's proposal attempts to sow the seeds of reflection on the factitious nature of representation as an autonomous enclosed space. The public is thus engaged in deconstructing and reconstructing the sites of painting.

The series is the result of digital print research carried out during a residency at the Centre Sagamie in Alma in 2023. Aberrations is the 3rd part of the exhibition Constructions et aberrations chromatiques, which was presented at Galerie Simon Blais in 2022 and at Quai 5160 in Verdun in 2023.

Jean-Sébastien Denis is a visual artist who lives and works in Montreal and the Eastern Townships. He holds grants from the CAC and CALQ. His works are part of several public collections (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec, Hydro-Québec) and corporate collections (National Bank of Canada, Groupe Transcontinental). He has also created a dozen public artworks as part of the program for the integration of art and architecture. His most important achievements include Ascension for the UQO in Saint-Jérôme (2012); Prisme, a 54-canvas work created for the MUHC (2014); a mural entitled Hommage à Marcelle Ferron at the Centre communautaire intergénérationnel d'Outremont (2021); Kyrielle, a series of works installed on the ARTM's SRB-Pie IX kiosks in Montreal and Laval (2022); and six works in Quebec schools. He also served for several years as a specialist on the committee for the arts-in-architecture program.

The Aberrations exhibition was made possible with the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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