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Front Line - Catherine Beaudette, Harry Gruenert
MAY 6 – JUNE 1
Sopa is pleased to introduce Catherine Beaudette into the gallery this spring. Beaudette's distinctive painting style conjures a dimensional kaleidoscope of botanical imagery with artifacts; interchanging colorful subjects from background layering to front lines. 'I like to think of my work as a ‘museum’ of fossils or traces. It is engaged with the aesthetic tradition of collecting practices as embodied through the accumulation of specimens, artifacts, and their (re)presentations. The series entitled Mushrooming explores the overlap between early civilizations and the nature that inspired them. In these paintings, Etruscan artifacts float in layers of organic form, primarily shells and mushrooms. They are the cycle of life and death that connects us to the past and to our roots in the natural world.'
Catherine Beaudette was born in Montréal, Québec and currently divides her time between Toronto, Ontario and Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. Catherine received an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and studied painting in Toronto and Florence, Italy in addition to artist residencies in Berlin, Dawson City, Montenegro, Mexico, Cape Breton and Banff. Beaudette has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and is an associate professor at The Ontario College of Art and Design. This will be her first exhibition with Sopa Fine Arts.
This exhibition also features Californian artist, Harry Gruenert's artwork; he is now into his sixth year showing with Sopa. As suggested in the exhibition title ‘Front Lines’, this latest body of Gruenert's distinctive work manifests itself with a strong linear focus. Intersecting planes of color and shape indulge Gruenert’s endless fascination with minimalism. Raw, exposed areas in Gruenert's art follow alongside delineated fields, shifting architectural geometry with a subtle, less stable, organic environment. This multi-layered, yet smooth approach is created by mixing and moving paint with various tools; offering Gruenert a chance to blend pigments… contrasting brilliant violet with patches of subdued green for example, keeping a close eye on light in opposing bands of color.
Frank Stella’s quote, “what you see is what you get” resonates strongly with Gruenert's sensibilities, as he strives towards simplification. Knowing exactly when to walk away, when the painting is finished... for Gruenert, the moment it's done, he just knows.
For additional information and images, please contact Deborah Boileau at Sopa Fine Arts.
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