Suzelle Levasseur PYRO
Exhibition: May 30 to June 21, 2014
Vernissage : Thursday, May 29th at 6 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday June 5th at 7 pm
The McClure Gallery is pleased to present the work of Suzelle Levasseur in the exhibition PYRO. Featured are several large canvases as well as a series of small drawings on paper. The work is autobiographical : using fluid acrylics the artist works intuitively and gesturally to explore memories, both visual and sensory.
Accompanied by explosive sounds, the fireworks would emerge from the smithy where Levasseur’s father practiced his craft: a small cube where rivers of fire and incandescent forms entwined in bursts of light. This father-forger, this Hephaistos, who captured the curiosity of Levasseur as a child, continues to haunt her memory. In this new ensemble of works, she searches for the imprint of the forge fire, as auditory as it is visual. With PYRO, Suzelle Levasseur moves beyond her father’s studio to immerse herself physically as a painter in shards of light, colour, and anarchic explosive traces. In blowing on the embers of the mneumonic, Levasseur seeks to establish the contrasts and harmonies that correspond to the visual impression of electric fire.
Even before proceeding with the painting, an interior journey commences to connect with a precise energy, drive and breath. Finally, a mark appears. «It is there, in that space, in that precise moment that the painting begins, » notes the artist. « The gesture is ready, the paints are mixed, everything falls into place. » For Levasseur, the process is instinctive and corporeal. The works that emerge are at one and the same time intimate and dazzling, and, for the artist, resonant with sensorial memory.
Born in Trois-Rivières, Suzelle Levasseur studied at Université du Québec in Montréal. Her main solo exhibitions were held in Montréal at Galerie Gilles Corbeil, Galerie Yajima, Galerie Yahouda-Meir, Galerie Trois-Points, Galerie Éric Devlin; at Grünwald Gallery in Toronto, Galerie Baudinet-Hubbard in New York, at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, and at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Works by Suzelle Levasseur were also part of the exhibition Femmes artistes du XXe siècle au Québec, in 2010 she exhibited at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and in the exhibition La question de l’abstraction, until 2016 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Works by Suzelle Levasseur are in numerous collections.