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Leopold Plotek
From October 11th 1976 to November 5th 1976
Paintings / Peintures

"Lee Plotek and Roland Poulin, two of the 18 artists who participated in last year’s "Quebec 75", are having their first solo exhibitions since the closing of that dubious and scurrilously debated event. The current shows, besides bringing us the latest production of two of our more innovative artists, make it easier to understand the bitterness and frustrations aroused by "Quebec 75". It becomes evident that what we witnessed was not just the consecration of a new generation of Montreal artists but the acknowledgement, however unintentional, of the death of Formalism in art. Formalistic thought, by focusing on morphology, i.e. on more or less measurable elements like color, line and composition, could presume the existence of evolution – of an evolutionary progress – in art. […] But "Quebec 75" was a post-Plasticien, post-Formalist show and the new generation dashed this traditional optimism by presenting work whose criteria of purity are no longer based on historical values but are to be sought only within the context of each artist’s individual concept and priorities. The immediate point here is that the two shows under discussion are difficult to approach : we can no longer rely on the litmus test of history to judge the works’ originality. Indeed, the very notion of originality – of novelty – is something these artists would dismiss as irrelevant. The new criterion of purity is a conceptualist one which seeks philosophical consistency within the realm of action and idea rather than in terms of aesthetic form and value. It isn’t so much that rules no longer apply, but that each artist now defines his own rules which the viewer must decipher. He must assume a more active and more frustrating role – that of detective rather than judge."
- Bogardi, Georges, "Beyond History", The Montreal Star, October 30th 1976.

Bibliographie
- Montreal Calendar Magazine, octobre 1976, p.13.
- Bogardi, Georges, «Beyond History», The Montreal Star, 30 octobre 1976.