Michel Daigneault Some Reflections on the Naked Mountain
Vernissage: Thursday March 6 at 6 pm
Exhibition: March 7 to 29, 2014
The McClure Gallery is pleased to present the most recent paintings of Michel Daigneault in Some Reflections on the Naked Mountain, an exhibition which brings together a dozen of the artist’s most recent large format canvases.
In Some Reflections on the Naked Mountain, Daigneault intensifies his orchestration of a transitory space to further undermine the border between the two great categories of painting – figuration and abstraction. In these new works, the painter incites the viewer to rethink what is being seen by creating a pictorial space where the vocabulary of abstraction depicts a recognizable reality. His painterly strategies allow him to play with and juggle certain visual analogies. The mountain, as the title of the exhibition indicates, functions here as an allusion. Latent, imprecise, it appears in the painting in different forms – be it a contour line, an accumulation of shapes, or yet again, the architecture of landscape in its own right.
Michel Daigneault is among a new generation of abstract painters born “after abstraction.” While it is often thought that little remains to be said within the abstract genre, Daigneault’s canvases bear witness to a reconsideration and renewal of abstraction’s pictorial language. Though non-figurative, his works play ceaselessly with the idea of figuration – through colour, form and their arrangement in space. He takes pleasure in using simple shapes and rich colours to create an intrigue that evokes, rather than reveals, the narrative potential of his works. Indeed, as Gaston Saint-Pierre has noted: “The painting of Michel Daigneault is guided by a regiment of intervention, accountability, mutability of systems and declension of images. We are not in the domain of illusion but rather that of allusion.”
Michel Daigneault lives and works in Montreal and Toronto where he also teaches at York University. His work has been exhibited widely in Canada and the United States, as well as in France and Korea. His work can be found in many private and museum collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Collection Prêt d’oeuvres d’art of Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Canada Council Art Bank, National Bank of Canada, Hydro-Québec, Royal Bank of Canada, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the University of Lethbridge.