Richard-Max Tremblay Caché
Works in the exhibition
Galerie Division is pleased to present Hidden, a new solo exhibition by Montreal-based artist Richard-Max Tremblay.
Hidden pursues themes explored in the artist’s 2014 exhibition at Galerie Division, Hors Champ II. Bringing together a body of work produced after a roving residency in Paris, Berlin, and Venice in the autumn of 2014, the exhibition continues to unpack one of Tremblay’s ongoing concerns– that of the “hidden”. Specifically, Tremblay represents the invisible in a world governed by the visible, a world subject to a bombardment of images and to constant monitoring by surveillance video. The subjects of his work are never entirely perceptible; instead, their obscurity provokes a sense of curiosity, encouraging interpretation and a deeper line of inquiry.
A portion of the exhibition revisits Tremblay’s series of black and white photographs of stacked boxes. Here, questions of disappearance, absence, and emptiness arise from a specific archive undermined by our digital era. With this work, the idea of “hidden” is at its most pronounced, as we will never divine the contents of these boxes.
Via his paintings, the artist leads us through three key European metropolises attached to the history of Modernity: Paris, Berlin and Venice. Tremblay takes an unusual look at these cities. Among other things, he offers us a point of view on Le Corbusier’s Villa La Roche in Paris, which all but defies recognition. In Berlin, he showcases cranes and surveillance cameras high in the Berlin sky, seen in reflection in a window on the Museumsinsel (Museum Island). In Venice, we see hundreds of windows of a cruise ship sitting ominously in the lagoon. These windows, ubiquitous in the artist’s work, create a surface between the subject and the real. The viewer, hidden behind vitrines or behind a camera, can enjoy seeing without being seen – can watch the visible while remaining invisible. Tremblay’s works become windows on the world through which the public can, in turn, watch and disappear.
Richard-Max Tremblay lives and works in Montreal. He earned a post-graduate diploma in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College of Art and Design in London and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Exhibitions of his work have been held at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts; Musée d’art de Joliette, and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, at Concordia University. His work can be found in major private and public collections including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée d’art de Joliette, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Canada Council Art Bank, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, and the City of Montreal. Richard-Max Tremblay is a recipient of the prix Louis-Comtois (2003) and of the Fonds en fiducie de l’Académie royale des arts du Canada in collaboration with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2015).