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© Page couverture l Book cover, Table-Tableau-Toile, la demeure et l’exil, 1987.

Sylvie Bouchard, Jean Lantier, Monique Mongeau, Guy Pellerin
From May 30th 1987 to June 20th 1987
Table-tableau-toile : la demeure et l'exil

This exhibition has been organised and is being curated by three board members of Optica: Michel Denée, Yvonne Lammerich and Jacques Doyon. The show consists of four Quebec artistes whose work shares both visually formal, as well as poetic affinities. These artists are Sylvie Bouchard, Jean Lantier, Monique Mongeau and Guy Pellerin.

"Table- painting- canvas" essentially stands for the interaction of pictorial and real space. The title also puts into question the linear demarcation between painting and sculpture. In the work presented we see the diverse approaches in the confrontation of this issue. For instance, the pictorial support structure of Guy Pellerin also acts as sculpture. The projection of three-dimensional objects from a two dimensional surface is a further extension of this dialogue in the case of Monique Mongeau. Sylvie Bouchard’s paintings in installation were using all of painting’s illusory attributes to amplify real space. In the work of Jean Lantier painting and sculpture (and recently the photograph) become appropriated as signs, creating intertwined fragmentary landscapes and architectures. Within the work of each of these artists the pictorial illusion dominates in a variety of ways, but at the same time it is always infiltrated by the real space.

The home and the exile: this opposing concept is also an element that unites these works. A nostalgic atmosphere pervades, strongly suggesting a symbolic universe seeking to materialize itself through the imagery of home and the open sea. Isolated habitations within deserted and undefined landscapes, vague urban silhouettes juxtaposed against geological and celestial cycles of time and space, small vessels, thrown on the open sea, discovering a surreal and magical world to its extreme borders, or, more schematically, boat on a tempestuous sea looking for the inaccessible ziggurat; all these images are part of a symbolic representation of our relationship to the universe.

The text for the catalogue, written by Michel Denée, tries to demonstrate through the work of previous generations the permanence of this symbolism in Quebec art, showing the existence of a formal and mental climate perhaps particular to Quebec.

For fifteen years Optica’s objective has been to make available to the general public and in particular to the Montreal artistic community exhibitions by both Canadian and international artists. We would now like to utilize the reputation we have established by enlarging the visibility of Quebec artists outside of Quebec. For this reason, amongst others, we have organized this exhibition, which we want to circulate to different regions of Canada in 1988.
- Jacques Doyon (translated by Yvonne Lammerich)
- Press release (Optica)

Bibliographie
Gravel, Claire, « Nos Choix; Arts Visuels », Le Devoir, vendredi 19 juin 1987. p. 15.
Racine, Robert, « Table-Tableau-Toile: la demeure et l'exil ; Optica, Montréal, 30 mai au 20 juin 1987 », Vanguard, November 1987 p. 41.
Beaudet, Pascal, « Une atmosphère symboliste », Vie des Arts, décembre 1987 p. 64.