Exercice de délicatesse / Composition #3
October 11 - November 15, 2014
Galerie Trois Points is very pleased to present the new solo exhibition of gallery artist Elmyna Bouchard. Exercice de délicatesse / Composition #3 will be presented from October 11 to November 15, featuring a new series of delicate stamping on paper, pursuing her explorations of the engraved motif and its potential of similarities with textile.
Exercice de délicatesse / Composition #3 offers a series of stampings on paper, the result of the artist’s latest research where she furthers the relationship to textile. Hence, on the surface of the paper we find forms evoking fabric fragments, delicate knitting patterns or even a very fine armour. In a lightly coloured gray, the monochromatic shapes are subtly moving, revealing fine alterations and abrasions in the illustrated textiles.
Interested by the constraint as a dynamic element in her practice of drawing, Elmyna Bouchard’s works anchor in the repetitive gesture and the imperfections of the handmade. To create her monochromatic drawings, she favours a printing process where the repetition of small welded motifs induces basketwork and textile techniques.
The title of the exhibition, Exercice de delicatessen, also refers to another activity of the artists, who works in helping relationships. Her everyday exchanges with patients imprint her artistic practice. This peculiar environment – a human ecology in itself – is a vehicle of benevolence, these interactions constantly generating reflections regarding the capacity of an individual to deploy a multitude of adaptation strategies.
Elmyna Bouchard has been living and working in Montreal since 1991. She has received several awards, notably from the Concours d’estampes Loto-Québec in 2000 and the 8th Great Canadien Printmaking Competition in 2002. In 2003, she was awarded the Prix de la Fondation Monique et Robert Parizeau by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Her work has been exhibited numerous times in Quebec and Canada, as well as outside of the country in France (Paris, Lyon, St-Malo), Japan (Tokyo), Italy (Cremona) and Australia (Brisbane). Elmyna Bouchard is part of many corporate and public collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec, Alcan, Hydro-Québec, the Cirque du Soleil, Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec, Bank of Montreal and National Bank of Canada.