le linge, le geste, l’ardoise


Lorène Bourgeois


October 26 to November 24, 2007


le linge, le geste, l'ardoise

Painting, drawing and sculpture are among the media that have long been of foremost interest in the history of art. However, they lost ground when other contemporary forms of expression were favoured. Lorène Bourgeois brings these somewhat forgotten practices back to the forefront.

A visit to a cemetery or a museum allows the artist to identify sculptures that will later become her models. Using these sources, she borrows from the past, be it the look of an eye, a gesture, a body part
or a detail of a garment, and gives them new life innew works.

a contemporary approach to
objects from the past

In these, she conciliates forms, images and textures in a manner that transforms the weathered plane of slate or the smoothness of paper into living, palpable surfaces.

This new series of two-dimensional works draws on the evocative power of gesture in a way that seems to arrest the flow of time. Is it because they stem from a long-gone era or because they strive to seize
the moment?

These works trick the eye: stillness in movement, a hand extended yet held back, a bit of cloth frozen in mid-flight, a garment suggesting a body in motion…

In these new contexts, history itself is renewed.


Lorène Bourgeois comes from Boulogne-Billancourt, in France. Her dual nationality allows her to travel regularly between France and Canada. She has studied in Canada, having obtained a masters degree in visual
arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and in France, having completed graduate studies in plastic arts at l’École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris. She has exhibited her works in both countries as well as in Korea, Russia and the United States for over twenty years.

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