Guided tour: Contrarieties & Counterpoints

November 15, 2017, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Galerie de l’UQAM
In French and English
Free admission

With artist Melanie Authier and art historian Julie Bélisle

Join artist Melanie Authier and art historian Julie Bélisle for a tour of Contrarieties & Counterpoints. In an informal atmosphere, this occasion will allow you to better understand the amplitude of the artist’s pictorial practice. Authier and Bélisle will be able to build on their ongoing relationship, as Julie Bélisle was the curator of The Painting Project (2013), Galerie de l’UQAM’s major group exhibition of Canadian paintings which included Melanie Authier’s work.

Led by curator and art critic Robert Enright, Contrarieties & Counterpoints brings together recent works on canvas and paper by Melanie Authier. The artist shows paintings that are both dynamic and delicate, while revisiting the contradictory legacies of pictorial practice.

Melanie Authier

Melanie Authier was born in 1980 in Montréal. She received a BFA from Concordia University, Montréal (2002) and an MFA from the University of Guelph (2006). Authier has exhibited across the country, notably in the exhibition Builders: Canadian Biennialat the National Gallery of Canada. She presented several solo exhibitions, including Grisailles at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University (St. Catharines, 2013–14), Vault/Shield/Buttress/Basin at the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax, 2013) and Jostling Pictorial Oppositions at Georgia Scherman Projects (Toronto, 2013).  Her work was also part of many group shows such as The Tremendous Elusive: Emily Carr and the Canadian Imagery at Canada Gallery, Canada House (London, United Kingdom, 2016), Young Canadian Painters at Idea Exchange (Cambridge, 2014), The Painting Project. A Snapshot of Painting in Canada at Galerie de l’UQAM (Montréal, 2013), and Four Ottawa Painters at Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, 2010–11). Authier is also the recipient of numerous scholarships and distinctions, such as the Honourable Mention Prize for the 2007 RBC Painting Competition. Authier’s artwork is part of several national and international collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Canada House and Global Affairs Canada. She is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto.  She currently lives in Val-des-Monts (Québec).

Julie Bélisle

Head of Research and Digital Content Development at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Julie Bélisle was in charge of research and mediation activities at Galerie de l’UQAM from 2004 to 2015. She has also collaborated on various digital projects (Virtual Museum of Canada, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec). She holds a PhD in Art History, and her research focuses on the use of material culture in contemporary art. She has also worked as a curator, notably for the important exhibition The Painting ProjectA Snapshot of Painting in Canada (Galerie de l’UQAM, 2013). As an author, she has published texts about several Québec artists, worked as Spirale magazine’s artistic director, and sits on the Éditions esse board of directors. Since 2014, she has been a lecturer in museology at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

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