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© Jennifer Lefort + Dominique Pétrin
Avec l'aimable permission des artistes | Courtesy of the artists

Jennifer Lefort + Dominique Pétrin
From May 17th 2014 to June 28th 2014
Full Spectrum

Jennifer Lefort and Dominique Pétrin are sharing the exhibition space to produce a collaborative exploratory work. Taking into account their respective affinities for motif and colour, they decided to work together on a site-specific project, an “open” process in which they would establish a dialogue.

Lefort’s pictorial art reverberates in an abstract register. Her large canvases become receptacles for varied, often antinomic surface treatments. Directing the gaze through variations in texture, impasto, and colour, broken, sinuous lines spread out into a space of great chromatic intensity, punctuated by motifs emanating from contemporary life.

Dominique Pétrin puts together immersive, vibrant, aggressive, all-over environments, whose repeated motifs and large-scale iconographic repertoire created through silkscreen printing trigger psychedelic perceptual effects. Drawing her varied imagery from world visual culture, Pétrin invests both the exhibition space and public space with vitality and humour.

Pétrin and Lefort have prepared a part of the material for the gallery installation remotely from their respective homes in Gatineau and Montreal. Receptive to game-based exchange, they worked out a protocol for a creative process to take them out of their comfort zones and challenge audience expectations. Punctuating the space with both individual and shared interventions, the collaborative approach the artists have opted for recalls Team Macho, the Toronto collective that avoids falling into a single mold by integrating personal perspectives into their electronic pop works. In tune with the ups and downs of the moment, the work of Pétrin and Lefort takes unexpected turns and will put the graffitist’s modus operandi to the test, that is, intervening without encroaching on the other’s work and territory.

Julie Alary Lavallée

The artists thank Kandis Friesen and Jacinthe Loranger.

With an MFA from Toronto’s York University (2006) and the recipient of the Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award (2005), Jennifer Lefort was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2007). Her works have been shown in solo and group shows in North America, and can be found in many public and private collections. Represented by the Patrick Mikhail Gallery, she lives and works in Gatineau.

Dominique Pétrin Dominique Pétrin is a multidisciplinary artist whose career has drawn from both music and the visual arts. Her print work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and Europe. Known for her performances, Pétrin has taken part in many major events, including the Frieze Art Fair (London), Festival Désordres (Lille, France), and the Québec Triennial. Nominated for the prestigious 2014 Sobey Art Award, she lives and works in Montreal.