9 Juillet 2011
posted by dbouffard - 07/10/11

Artists appreciate nature, or mock new media
By John Pohl, Gazette Visual Arts Critic

MONTREAL - A group show of contemporary takes on scenes of mountains, lakes, rivers and trees might satiate your need to experience a central theme in Canadian art – the landscape.

The composition of Andrew Smith’s big, sprawling Solar Time at Galerie Dominique Bouffard is disarmingly simple: bees fly over a field of white with some splotches of green and yellow and intersected with red lines. The lines of the bees’ flight paths create horizons and geographical features on a canvas that shows influences of Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell.

All eight artists present strong works in this pleasing show. David Lafrance has two paintings, both with his signature compositions of discrete objects floating in a flat space.

Despite the disparity of the elements, “David always makes it work as a composition of form and colour,” gallery owner Dominique Bouffard commented.

Martin Brouillette also tempts chaos with a scene of a long, low building over which gobs of bright colour and a veil of grey streaks have been placed.

Two artists pull off works with unusual techniques: Étienne Lafrance creates scenes from strips of coloured paper and Isa B constructs hers with pieces of metal and cement.

Prendre l’air continues until July 31 at Galerie Dominique Bouffard, 1000 Amherst St., Suite 101. For more information, visit

Andrew Smith - Solar Time - 2010 - Huile et collage sur toile / Oil and collage on canvas - 84 x 108 "

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