Guy Pellerin WORKSITES 2011-2016

Works in the exhibition

Galerie Division is pleased to present a new exhibition by Montreal-based artist Guy Pellerin.

For the past 30 years, Guy Pellerin has explored the phenomena of colour through neo-plasticist, monochrome painting. While the illusion of colour makes it so that we often mistake its experiential quality for qualities intrinsic to physical objects, Pellerin pays attention to the complex and interlacing variables that enables colour's optics. Time, temperature, mediation, memory, and environment--elements which inform the way we react to and see colour--are contingencies activated by Pellerin's paintings. His three-decade long exploration of the evocative power of chroma is also an exercise in cataloguing natural phenomena in spite of (and fueled by) their ephemeral and subjective limitations.

This exhibition carries on the artist's previous work, offering a kind of taxonomy of associations brought about by specific colours. Five distinct series of monochromes are ostensibly rational inquiries into the faculties of particular hues. Despite this register of analysis, each series is subject to an overflow of meaning, an inability to be contained by the limits of a hypothesis.

n° 411- bleu azur clair grisé légèrement verdâtre, (2011) comprises 16 blue-grey monochromes of various sizes placed upon the edge formed by splitting a wall between this blue-grey and white. This exacting shade of blue, resulting from the careful accumulation of nearly transparent layers of enamel paint, is meant to approach Pellerin's memory (and how can you approach a thing without a shape?) of a sky on a specific day with no date. Working backwards from this logic, paintings n° 447 to n° 456 begin with the specificity of site and time, boiling them down to the conclusion of colour. This series of acrylic monochromes on canvas is generated by extracting hues from time stamped photographs taken on a road trip to Maine. The final works invite viewers to project images of the sites that informed selected colours, all the while facing the inundation of preexisting associations those colours harbour.

Guy Pellerin is a prolific Quebec painter based in Montreal. He holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2000); Parc des expositions de Paris (1994); Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (1993); the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (1989); and Centre Culturel Canadian, Paris (1992). His work has been included in group exhibitions such as The question of abstraction at the musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2011); l'Orangerie du Domaine de Madame Élisabeth, Sur papier ou Presque... sept artistes québécois contemporains à Versailles, Versailles (2008); and L'abstraction: une manière de voir, Musée national du Québec (2000). Works by Pellerin are found in major corporate and institutional collections across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; le musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; the Canada Council of Arts, Ottawa; Banque Nationale du Canada, Montreal; and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Pellerin was the recipient of the Louis-Comtois prize in 2000 and the Ozias-Leduc prize in 2004.

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