mercredi 15 juin 2016

Open Studio, Toronto ON

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Mario Doucette & Liza Eurich
Artist Talks: Friday, June 17, 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Opening Reception: Friday, June 17, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Exhibitions on display until July 16, 2016
Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In conjunction with the residency, each artist exhibits the work produced during their period in the Studio, and gives an artist talk. These exhibitions are the result of this intensive work period. The second of two Visiting Artist exhibitions will features work by artists Mario Doucette and Liza Eurich. The accompanying brochure, with essays by Jennifer Winter and Kendra Ainsworth is available here.
MARIO DOUCETTE, L'assermentation de Louis J. Robichaud, etching on paper, 2016
Mario Doucette: Dispersions
Mario Doucette is an Acadian artist from Moncton, NB. He is a painter, but also works with video, digital animation, performance and Super8 film. In 2004, after a residency in the French village of Brouage, he created Histoires, a series of works combining drawing and painting that reflects on the effects of colonialism. He has been featured in many exhibitions in several Canadian museums and galleries, notably at Toronto’s ROM where he was a Sobey Art Award finalist in 2008. He recently contributed work to Oh Canada in 2012 (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA), The Painting Project in 2013 (Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal, QC), and Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial in 2014 (National Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON). He is currently working on a new series of paintings and sculptures called Harias. Mario Doucette is represented by Galerie Division (Montréal/Toronto).
Doucette has recently transitioned towards oil painting to further immerse himself in the genre of history painting. Painters historically understood the value of printmaking, and many fostered close relationships with printmakers in an attempt to spread their work and fame.
Raphael, for example, was not a printmaker. Instead he collaborated with Marcantonio Raimondi, an Italian engraver known for collaborating with many artists. Raphael’s paintings were well known in 16th century Italy. But his international reputation largely came from Raimondi’s reproductions of his paintings. The distribution of Raphael’s prints spread far more widely and thus his original paintings were made famous.
It is this type of collaborative work that Doucette is undertaking during the Visiting Artist Residency program at Open Studio, working with a skilled printer using intaglio printmaking techniques to reproduce compositions from recent paintings. This method of dissemination was popular before the invention of colour photo reproductions, however, for this project, Doucette will produce prints with elements of originality rather than exact photographic reproductions of my paintings.
This project also involves an ongoing attempt to further Doucette’s research on the art of propaganda. His work stems from the hypothesis that history is a lie that no one ever questions. Often artists were obligated to convey an official message, sometimes largely tainted by political motivations, thus evoking an incomplete version of the facts. This is certainly the case of the artists who represented the history of the Acadians in Canada. It is a history that is often a one-sided perspective from a Colonial British viewpoint, which presented the Acadian population in terms of a problem that needed to be solved. The residency at Open Studio adds to the series of works that presents a new version of history, shedding light on our colonial past, reframing key figures and exposing false ideas.
Mario Doucette’s residency is supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board.
Open Studio
401 Richmond St. W, suite 104
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

samedi 30 avril 2016

Open Studio, Toronto ON

Résidence d'artiste ce printemps à Open Studio, Toronto ON. Avec l'assistance de l'imprimeur Laine Groeneweg.

Artist in residence this Spring at Open Studio in Toronto ON. With the help of Laine Groeneweg, collaborative printer.

jeudi 10 septembre 2015

L'Acadie mythique - Saint Mary's Art Gallery, Halifax NS

MARIO DOUCETTE, Le génocide des Micmacs en Nouvelle-Écosse (Cornwallis) - étude, 2015
September 12 - November 15
Opening reception : Friday, September 11, 2015
curator : Harlan Johnson

L'Acadie mythique brings together 20 artists from across diasporic Acadie - from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Maine, Québec and Louisiana - in a conversation about the meanings of historical artifacts, both material and immaterial, and about how such objects, images, rituals and ideas are deployed to constitute a mythical identity for Acadians. It invites artists to explore how we might reinterpret and reinvent such mythologies to broaden the scope of what is imaginable, and thus possible, for Acadians in the here and now. Curator Harlan Johnson selected objects in Acadian and Cjun community museums and archives and invited artists to respond to them in whatever way they chose, restricted only by material parameters that allow the works to be shipped between regions and across an international border. Responses range from a direct engagement with a specific obkect, or with motifs or ideas derived from a class of objects, to a more free and general engagement with mythology and identity in an Acadian context.

Participating artists : Steve Breaux, Kathy Reed Mary Perrin, Denise Comeau, François Gaudet, Donnalee Downe, Becka Viau, Alisa Arsenault, Rebecca Belliveau, Rémi Belliveau, Paul Édouard Bourque, Mario Doucette, Yvon Gallant, Vicky Lentz, Christian Michaud, Ronald Ed Nadeau, Carol Pelletier, Thérèse L. Provenzano and Cheryle St-Onge.

Saint Mary's University Art Gallery
Loyola Building
5865 Gorsebrook Ave.
Halifax, NS

mercredi 1 juillet 2015

Out of Line - Oakville Galleries, Oakville ON

Exhibition opening : Sunday 21 June 2015

Having long since shed its status as a marginal or elementary practice, the medium of drawing has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent decades. No longer the domain of the merely preparatory, drawing's position in the contemporary art landscape is a vital one, offering countless artists the means to describe their words, document their visions and detail the intangible.

Out of Line brings together recent works by more than thirty contemporary artists from across Canada working in drawing's expanded field. Encamping a broad array of styles and strategies - from representation and figuration to gestural abstraction and conceptual engagement - the works assembled here assess the impressively diverse and ambitious ways in which the drawing impulse is currently taking shape.

Moving from pencil, ink and watercolour to sculpture and collage, the works in Out of Line offer up an arresting depiction of the social, psychic and material realities of our current moment. With approaches both intimate and grand, traditional and novel, political and autobiographical, these works demonstrate drawing's near limitless capacity to generate, transform and sustain new visual forms.

Participating artist : Saimaiyu Akesuk, Jaime Angelopoulos, Shuvinai Ashoona & Shary Boyle, Krista Buecking, Tammi Campbell, Mario Doucette, Jean-Paul Kelly, Siassie Kenneally, Lyse Lemieux, Jason McLean, Elizabeth MacKenzie, David Merritt, Thérèse Mastroiacovo, Olia Mishchenko, Kim Moodie, Ken Nicol, Alison Norlen, Luke Painter, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Ed Pien, Itee Pootoogook, Margaret Priest, Joshua Schwebel, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Derek Sullivan, Zin Taylor, Howie Tsui, Papiara Tukiki, Kelly Wallace, Charmaine Wheatley

Centennial Square    Gairloch Gardens
120 Navy St.              1306 Lakeshore Rd.
Oakville, ON               Oakville, ON
L6J 2Z4                      L6J 1L6

jeudi 11 juin 2015

Terroir - AGNS, Halifax NS

MARIO DOUCETTE, 1755 (Curling III), 2008
Terroir: a Nova Scotia Retrospective

May 2015 - April 2016
Curated by David Diviney and Sarah Fillmore

Borrowing heavily from the language of wine, this three-part exhibition will look at regional artistic production through the culture from which it emerges. The word "terroir" refers to the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate. Terroir is a survey of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia permanent collection with a special focus on Nova Scotia roots - the history and culture of the place informing its artistic community's output. This exhibition tours the province, exploring the flavour and makeup of the work collected over the gallery's 100-year history.

Including works by: David Askevold, Teresa Bergen, Marion Bond, Wayne Boucher, Tim Brennan, David Brooks, Elizabeth Lovitt Cann, Dozay Christmas, Cora Cluett, Alex Colville, Kathleen Daly, Forshaw Day, Mabel Killam Day, Thierry Delva, Mario Doucette, Nancy Edell, Emily Falencki, Gerald Ferguson, Robert Field, Greg Forrest, Tom Forrestall, François Gaudet, John Greer, Marsden Hartley, Jacques Hurtubise, AY Jackson, Frances Jones Bannerman, Mark Kasumovic, Garry Neill Kennedy, Mrs Langille, Ernest Lawson, Arthur Lismer, Homer Lord, Alma and Ernst Lorenzen, Lucky Rabbit Pottery, JEH MacDonald, DC Cameron, Mollie Bell Mackay, Frederic McCulloch, Peter Monamy, John Montresor, Zeke Moores, Joe Norris, Elizabeth Styring Nutt, John O’Brien, Walter Ostrom, Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Henry Rosenberg, Romeo Savoie, Samuel Scott, Richard Serra, Edith Smith, Lewis Smith, Alan Syliboy, Matt Wedel, Gary Wilson, Colleen Wostenholme, Carl Zimmerman.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis St.
Halifax, NS
B3J 1V9

jeudi 7 mai 2015

Rome studio

Résidence d'artiste à Rome du 2 mars au 18 mai 2015. Grâce à la Bourse d'excellence Marie Hélène Allain de la Fondation Sheila Hugh Mackay.

jeudi 23 avril 2015

Robert Goguen - le député dormant

MARIO DOUCETTE, Robert Goguen - le député dormant, encre et crayons aquarelle sur papier, 2015