SEPTEMBER 11 - OCTOBER 12, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 6 - 10 PM
Evans Contemporary is pleased to present Modern Things, an investigation of the gallery's domestic exhibition space by Montreal artist Jeanie Riddle.
By using a physical record of her past artworks in an organized and ordered move-in, Riddle manufactures architecture into experience in order to produce a memory of space - within space. This frontal architecture sets up rules of engagement within the site, making for real connections that amplify or quiet down the artworks within this expanse.
Using the remnants of her past exhibitions, Riddle constructs a multifaceted environment that addresses nostalgia, personal narratives and emotions. The flotsam of her past installations and artworks - prefabricated materials, industrial paint, everyday objects and paint samples - expresses a elegiac, yet graceful communication, which fabricate recollections of our internal domain.
Riddle states: "My emotions disrupt the artwork, leaving the site crowded with the promise of change found in the painted representations of color. Each color is poised, negotiated and positioned as a potential. I paint and repaint, to tell a different story. It is a narrative of chance, of pain, and romance. Familiars, (I am directing an everyday experience) not as an immersive environment, rather, a situation that could be part of it, a calibrated falling apart and reassembly of a personal history, remixed."
Jeanie Riddle received her MFA in Painting (2005) and BFA in Studio Arts (2002) from Concordia University in Montreal.
Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Sur La Montagne in Berlin, McClure Gallery, Westmount Quebec, Angell Gallery in Toronto, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Illingworth Kerr Gallery and The New Gallery in Calgary, and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, FOFA Gallery, Maison de la culture Nôtre Dame de Grace, Galerie Thérèse Dion, Optica, and SKOL in Montréal.
Riddle has been included in numerous group exhibitions including shows at Angell Gallery in Toronto, AxeNéo 7 in Gatineau, DUMBO Arts Week, Open Studio in Brooklyn, NY, The National Gallery of Canada, Le Museé d’art Contemporain de Montréal, The Power Plant in Toronto, Museum London, The Rooms in St. John’s, Newfoundland, The Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, The Art Gallery of Alberta, Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Bourget Gallery, Forced Air, and Observatoire 4, in Montréal.
Riddle is the recipient of the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts, International Residency Grant in Paris, France and has received creation and project grants from the council in 2008 and 2012. She was awarded a full fellowship and residency at Triangle Arts in Brooklyn NY and was a finalist in the 2008 Tenth Annual Royal Bank of Canada Canadian Painting Competition. Riddle received a 2005 Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and has been awarded the Carolyn & Richard Renaud Graduate Award, the Joyce Melville Memorial Scholarship, the Concordia University Retired Faculty & Staff Graduate Award, and the Yves Gaucher Studio Arts Award.
Riddle's work can be found in numerous collections and include, La Ville de Montréal, TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Dexia (London UK), RBC Dexia (Toronto), Giverny Capital, The Canadian Art Foundation, The Aldo Group, and Duncan Ross & Associates.
She currently resides in Montreal with her daughter and is Director and Curator of Parisian Laundry.
Evans Contemporary is dedicated to the presentation of creative projects by national and international contemporary artists. Located in Peterborough, Ontario, the privately owned and funded gallery exhibits work by emerging, established, and unknown artists of all ages, as well as work from the gallery's private collection. Situated on the ground floor of a 1907 Edwardian house, the gallery's aim is to launch unique exhibitions in an intimate, salon style setting and allow artists to present new works and projects that transcend the trends of the commercial visual art market.
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