Une magnifique ancienne église Unie rénovée et transformée en galerie d'art, située à Sutton, Québec. Dix minutes au nord de la frontière américaine du Vermont. Diffuseur d'art contemporain.
A beautiful gallery in an old and renovated United Church in Sutton, Québec. Just 10 minutes north of the Vermont/American border. Showcasing contemporary art.
Liz Davidson’s brand new exhibit titled “En
Construction” is beautiful and mesmerising in its complexity, its numerous
flirtations with geometrical abstraction, and its homage to nature in a novel
Walk into Sutton’s art gallery Art Plus and
you will be welcomed by large prints that play with shapes, colors and
perspective. A photographer by nature, Davidson was initially intrigued by the
myriad ways in which nature could be addressed and began snapping pictures of
landscapes around her house in Sutton Junction at dawn and dusk, the arguably
two most magical phases of the day. Back in her studio, Davidson worked on
zooming into a particularly interesting section of a photograph until the
picture itself became a series of lines, shapes and forms that balance and work
off of one another.
The result morphed into a series of images
that Davidson has cleverly called “En construction” (under construction) which
reflect one of her personal philosophies in life. “I decided to call the
exhibit “En Construction” because we are all under construction, in some way or
another,” argued Davidson, whose life has been submerged into a full year of
renovating her house, built around 1862. “It’s not just the house that was
under construction, it is us as well. We don’t always get to reconstruct who we
are in life,” she said.
“Dawns Early Light” (2016) for example
features salmon-pinks cascading into tangerine oranges and sunny yellows. Four
featured triangles (Davidson loves triangles) are carefully balanced adjacent
to each other, creating a grid-like effect to the image. Other images like
“Roof Lines” (2016), “Floor Plan” (2016), and “Roof Life at Dawn” (2016) pay
homage to the complexities and intricate beauty of renovation outlines. If seen
from a distance, each image showcases construction-like elements that denote
house walls, chimneys or blueprints, depending on one’s outlook.
Other images like “Fields” (2016) marry
mauves, turquoise greens and periwinkle blues together to create an abstract
version of early summer Eastern Townships’ fields. “I realized that I don’t
have to be anal about taking one single perfect picture,” said Davidson. “That
way, I can take numerous pictures and mesh them together to create my idea of a
perfect field.” Davidson rummaged through pictures she had taken more than 35
years ago in order to create a well-balanced collection that does justice to
the beauty of her immediate surroundings.
Two prominent stand art pieces, created by
the state-of-the-art company Deineri, did not go unnoticed by visitors at the
art gallery. Integrating design technology and elegance, the Deineri stand-art
is a 3-D model that features art in a unique space. “I was approached by two
microbiologists working at Deineri,” said Davidson. “I was asked if I wanted to
create art that they would use as stand-art pieces, and of course I said yes.”
The idea behind Deineri stand-art is simple. Do you often complain of too
little wall space to hang up another favourite piece of art? If so, Deineri
stand-art is the way to go. Davidson’s stand art is a colourful and brightly
lit as her images, which are a departure from her normal gamut of colors. “I
never use bubble gum pink,” said Davidson reflectively as she gazed at one of the
stand-art pieces showcasing a series of pinks. “It’s so girly, and so unlike
me.” Characteristically, Davidson laughed and shook her head. The question left
hanging was: who knows where her artistic tendencies will go next?
Davidson’s “En Construction” is on display
from June 30 to July 31 at Sutton’s Galerie Art Plus at 8, rue Maple in Sutton.
For more information, call (450) 521-3189. The gallery is open from Thursdays
to Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cut line: “Dawns Early Light” is just one
of the many images that combine mathematical preciseness with a wide gamut of
gorgeous colors paying homage to the beauty of nature.
The light comes into the gallery and Liz Davidson's work start to glow. The changes happen as you look closely. Colours appear one by one and you become captivated with the complexity of this art. Love struck for Dusk.
La lumière pénètre la galerie et les oeuvres de Liz Davidson deviennent lumineuses. Les nuances subtiles apparaissent et tranquillement vous vous laisser saisir par la complexité de ses couleurs. Crépuscule m'ensorcelle.
La Galerie Art Plus fête ses deux ans de programmation avec le retour de l'artiste Liz Davidson.
« En construction »
« Il y a quelques années
j’ai commencé quelques dessins qui exprimaient un fort sens de l’espace avec
beaucoup de couleur et de lignes fines; une étrange sorte de perspective s’en
dégageait, si bien que je n’étais jamais sûre de ce qui se trouvait sur quel plan;
aussi je les ai appelés « Constructions » sans savoir où ils me mèneraient. Une
des influences évidentes résidait dans les peintres de la Renaissance
italienne, non seulement pour leur utilisation de la perspective, mais aussi
pour leur usage de la couleur. Or, à l’automne dernier , comme nous
commencions à envisager la rénovation de notre vieille maison et que nous observions
la crise des réfugiés en Europe, qui atteignait alors des proportions épiques, ces
dessins se sont enrichis de sens et d’énergie alors que m’habitaient les idées
de foyer, d’être déplacée, d’être réfugiée, d’être « en construction » et que
je m’interrogeais sur les familles, les vies, et le monde, tous étant en
construction et tous à la recherche d’un foyer. » Liz Davidson
Galerie Art Plus celebrates its second year anniversary with the return of artist Liz Davidson.
« Under construction »
«A few years ago I started some drawings
that had a strong sense of space and a lot of color and thin lines; there was
an odd kind of perspective to them, so that I was never sure what was on which
plane, and I called them “Constructions” not knowing where they would
lead. One of the obvious influences was
early Italian Renaissance painting, not only for their use of perspective but
also their use of color. And last fall  as we began contemplating the
renovation of our old house and watched as the refugee crisis in Europe reach
epic proportions, the drawings gained added significance and energy as I
contemplated the idea of home, of being displaced, of being a refugee, of being
“ under construction”; and I wondered about the families, the lives, and the
world; all being under construction and all looking for home.» Liz Davidson