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Jaan Poldaas
From April 2nd 1979 to April 27th 1979
E.G. Series

"This young Toronto conceptualist exhibits 31 panels, each two metres high and two feet wide, each uniformly painted in one color. The panels are uniformly hung on the gallery walls, though their order has been improvised, there is no sequential order, no formal relationship between one panel and its neighbours. Although monochrome and ‘abstract’, the colors are representional : a particular blue may reproduce the hue of a CN train, a pink might be based on the color of a model’s flesh. Quite independent as a joyous visual experience, the show takes on added meaning when, with the aids of labels, we recognize in each hue some source that has long been familiar to us. Now the color, liberated from the subject matter, stands on its own merits; those various subjects and sources, organic and inorganic, are now made to coexist within one, coherent artistic experience. It is a curiously moving reconciliation."
- Bogardi, George, "Yves Gaucher – city artist heralded", The Montreal Star, April 18th 1979.

"The ‘E.G. Series’, as you suggested in your letter, would be the obvious work for me to show at Optica. Parts of it have been exhibited on two occasions: 16 panels at A.C.T. in September, and another 16 panels at Harbour front in the Common Factors Show. The series is open-ended; at Optica I’d like to show all the panels that exist at that time, probably between 40 and 50. […] The colours and kinds of paint are derived directly from previous actual paint applications, and have a complex variety of associations. Among the 30–odd panels completed so far are Coca-Cola red, a worldwide continuously changing standard colour; Police Yellow, a colour highly visible on Toronto streets; and 1972 Ford Lime Green Metallic, from my brother’s pick-up truck, a colour whose specific significance is unknown for me. […] There’s a sense in which the ‘E.G. Series’ functions as landscape painting, or even group portraiture in the manner of Courbet’s ‘Studio’, and in this sense it’s centered on a particular point of view, namely, here. The prospect of seeing how it responds to being displaced from its origin exites me most about taking it to Montreal."
- Internal document (Optica) : letter from Jaan Poldaas

Bibliographie
- Bogardi, George, «Yves Gaucher – city artist heralded», The Montreal Star, 18 avril 1979.
- Nixon, Virginia, «Scrap-yard canvas as comment on art state», The Gazette, 21 avril 1979, p.26.