November 4 - December 23, 2017
Galerie Trois Points is thrilled to present this new solo exhibition by Montreal-based artist Mathieu Lévesque. Taking over the gallery’s two spaces, the show titled ////////// will be presented from November 4 to December 23.
Mathieu Lévesque’s research focuses on the elementary constituents of painting. He is fascinated by the frontier areas between painting, sculptural and architectural disciplines. This interest stems from his past as a graffiti artist, when many years ago he was working directly in unexpected locations, outside of his studio. That experience led him to naturally tend towards in situ interventions in the gallery space.
Lévesque considers the walls as extensions of the painting, as an integral part of the painting and the pictorial space. Hence, he aims to establish a dialogue between the inside and the outside of the painting. The bright colors on the side surfaces of the paintings carry the property to be reflected on the wall: the traditional boundary function of border is distorted, as it serves as a binding function with the exhibition walls.
With the new iteration of his Parallèles series, Lévesque painted the side of his shaped-canvas paintings in a repetitive and predefined filling movement that reminisces graffiti letters, color books or paint-by numbers exercises. Unlike previous bodies of work, the color palette of these new pieces is not arbitrary or selected for its reverberation properties. With this new body of works, Lévesque distances his practice from the self-referencing and here experiments with a palette inspired by art history (in paintings referencing De Stijl, Lucio Fontana or even a Bonnard landscape painting), daily living (Maude avec ses bottes de pluie – Maude with her rain boots – or Timide – Shy), and even popular culture (Minnesota North Stars).
In 2012, Mathieu Lévesque completed his MFA at Université du Québec à Montréal and his work has already been widely shown in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Leipzig and Brussels in the fall of 2017. He has also exhibited at Verticale (Laval, Qc), Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (St-Jérôme, Qc) and Musée des beaux-arts de Mont St-Hilaire (Qc). He is part of numerous corporate collections including TD Bank, Familiprix, la Peau de l’ours, Sun Life, Conceptis Technologies, Twentieth Century Fox, Les Infidèles along with many private collections.