Monday, December 9, 2013

Charles Gagnon -State Works- at Winchester Gallery Modern

Charles Gagnon
 Estate Works

 Charles Gagnon (1934 -2003), a native Montrealer, studied art in New York from 1955 to 1960 and subsequently taught at Concordia University and at the University of Ottawa.  He was a multi-disciplinary artist whose project (painting, photography, film, sculpture...) has become highly prized and influential.  This work exhibits a Zen-like inclusiveness: a rectangle enlarges and may enlarge again; an image appears cropped but infers another segment; a letter, word, ancient sign, an interpolated photo or a pure geometric form optically and metaphorically expands the visual and cognitive awareness.  There are boundaries and yet no limits.  Gagnon is also known for a greyed palette which leans toward stillness and sometimes acts as a foil to energizing colour.  These factors parallel those found in the paintings of various New York and St. Ives artists.  Charles Gagnon’s mark is a certain humanism expressed exquisitely.  He did not divorce art from life.  This keynote exhibition at Winchester Modern is made possible by the generosity of the Gagnon Estate.

 Opening Reception
Saturday, December 14, 2013   2 - 4 pm

 Winchester Galleries Modern
758 Humboldt Street (beside the Marriott)
December 14, 2013 – January 18, 2014

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