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Jacinthe Lessard-L.
From November 7th 2009 to December 12th 2009
En fonction de la forme

In works conjuring pictorial forms of modernity, Jacinthe Lessard-L. explores the aesthetics of our everyday lives and living spaces, the interstices between the normative and the individual. She is particularly interested in contemporary realities resulting from the democratization of design. Her current work exacerbates the phenomenon of commodification present in earlier series, as she investigates the potential residing in the polymers that now pervade our visual culture, particularly the packaging of trivial objects. Explorations of these colourful resurgences reveal an evocative power, as the critical distance of the photographic medium and the ambiguity of the image suggest certain minimalist practices and betray traces of modernist idealism.

Indeed, though the series presented in the gallery may at first seem self-evident, it harbours various levels of meaning. Lessard-L. calls upon our collective memory and each spectator, prompted by more or less implicit visual citations, will bring their referents to bear, creating unique intertextual linkages. Thus the ornamental nature of the work, combined with effects of materials and textures, sometimes suggest decorative fabric; outlines, whether sharply defined, fleeting or incandescent, can suggest rayograms; for some, the flat bands of bright colour will recall Colourfield Painting; others will think of International Klein Blue, despite the fact that the construction of the image, its coloured material, is determined by the products themselves.

That said, colour isn’t entirely freed from its situational and figurative references: despite all the manipulations it has undergone, we can sometimes make out the uncanny familiarity of the materials at the root of the work. One shouldn’t confuse these chromogenic prints with digital works, however. Here, the found objects are captured in their original packaging and only the lighting, composition, and darkroom manipulations are brought to bear in the production of a photograph whose ambiguity tests the limits of the medium’s documentary function.
- Geneviève Bédard

Jacinthe Lessard-L. completed her master’s in visual arts at Concordia University in 2006. Her projects have been exhibited in Quebec, and in the cities of Toronto, Nancy, Götenborg, Glasgow. Her exhibition “reGeneration 2 : photographes de demain” will soon be on display at the Musée de L’Élysée in Lausanne.