With the loss of Donald Browne Gallery and the emptying out of the tired Belgo building, it’s nice to see a new generation of commercial galleries popping up around Montreal. Amongst the presently notorious restaurants and cafes of a gentrifying St Henri, L’Inconnue, run by Leila Greiche, just opened its shop-front space on rue Notre Dame. Hybrid Objects is Greiche’s inaugural exhibition and features a collection of works by Canadian artists who are based outside of the country and whose practices all loosely play with the concept of painting.
Corin Sworn, Meditation Generators (courtesy: Koppe Astner & the artist)
The exhibition as a whole looks great in the space. The works are a combination of sculpture and painting, and vary in style and approach. Adrianne Rubenstein’s colourful and roughly painted broccoli florets are the antithesis of Hanna Hur’s gentle and delicate diamond grid on linen. Similarly Hur’s copper floorwork Venus, schlumped with a conflicted air of tenderness and carelessness on the floor, contrasts nicely against Alex Morrison’s more structured and playful sculptures. Chris Dorland’s dark and densely layered digital Scanner paintings explore ideas of the sublime in a completely different way than Zin Taylor, who approaches the same idea through a dreamy painting series titled A Stripe of Thought Navigating a Void of Haze made by pressing pigments and misting diluted inks through and on cotton screens. From another part of the room Corin Sworn’s monochrome paintings made with silk and natural dye lac resonate back to Taylor’s paintings since both series are based on how the materials used react and “converse” with one another.
Hybrid Objects sits lightly and cohesively within this new space, but occupies a broad and ranging spectrum of approach, both formal and conceptual. It’s definitely worth refreshing your circuit and adding L’Inconnue to the list of galleries worth checking out in Little Burgundy and St Henri.
Hybrid Objects continues until December 17.
Susannah Wesley is an artist and curator living in Montreal. She has been a member of the collaborative duo Leisure since 2004 and from 1997-2000 was part of the notorious British art collective the Leeds13. Formerly Director at Battat Contemporary in Montreal, she holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and an MA in Art History from Concordia University. She is Akimblog's Montreal correspondent and can be followed @susannahwesley1 on Twitter.
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