Cynthia-Reeves to Launch Fall 2014 Art Fair with Art Toronto, 10/24-28
CYNTHIA-REEVES launches its Fall 2013 art fair lineup with Art Toronto, Canada's premier modern and contemporary art fair, opening with a VIP preview on October 24th and running through Monday, October 28th. Expanding its international initiatives in both public art and art fair showings, CYNTHIA-REEVES will proudly debut artworks by two fellow Canadian artists, Catherine Farish and Yechel Gagnon, along with work on paper and sculpture from American artist, Jonathan Prince, and award winning documentary photography by Chilean artist Tomas Munita, among other featured artists.
A recipient of the Grand Prize for Printmaking in Quebec and the Acquisition Award from the City of Montreal, Catherine Farish's signatory work on paper explores abstraction and text in a concise palette. Farish's discrete works each tend to focus on a principal color, from earthy brick reds to muted blues and greens and vary in size from intimate works installed in a series, to larger singular pieces. While the works read abstract, Farish sometimes incorporates text, albeit in an elusive way, where the words function visually in her composition, rather than for their meaning. She has used many different paper types for her printmaking, from Japanese papers to more unusual materials, like perforated sheet music scrolls previously used by automatic pianos. Farish lives and works in Montreal.
Like Farish, Yechel Gagnon is drawn to unusual materials; in Gagnon's case, quotidian plywood as the basis for her bas-relief sculptures. Working her material of choice with power and hand tools, Gagnon removes layers of wood and glue to reveal hidden patterns and create gestural and contemplative works.
Inspired by the unique nature of each plywood sheet, Gagnon is in constant "dialogue" with her material, at times allowing unique features to guide her creative process and at other times imposing her aesthetic vision upon the wood. Gagnon states, "The wood stratification contains an intriguing vocabulary of knots, textures, hues and manufacturing defects that creates their character. In the beginning I have to take them into account but soon I am carried by these elements which stimulate my imagination." In this newest series, Gagnon incorporated color, featuring organic blues, soft creams and peaches in addition to the carved wood. Gagnon is completing a pair of public art showings in Quebec, including a recent installation of mural sized wood-bas reliefs at the Saint-Anicet Church in Quebec.