Yechel Gagnon, Voyageurs, 2009, carved jequitiba plywood, 24" x 24"
If you're in the Toronto area during the month of April, Yechel Gagnon will be exhibiting her new plywood bas-reliefs in a solo show at the Moore Gallery. Her last show there was in 2004, so it will be interesting to see her latest developments with her signature production. This upcoming show has already great visibility since it will be featured on the front cover of Slate Magazine.
The gallery press release states "Gagnon's distinctive approach of materiality transforms plywood into a unique pictorial medium rich of its intrinsic layering. (...) In Vastness, she uses different plywood essences, such as Okoume and Jequitiba, in order to work with different colours and obtain a variety of contrast within each work... she incorporates for the first time the "lamination" of the plywood in the actual image making as a strong pictorial element. This new approach introduces geometrical elements to her compositions, enriching the carving vocabulary and bring forward the vast possibilities of the language she developed with her medium".
Geneviève Chevalier wrote in Documents exhibition essay of 2007 :
" Yechel Gagnon's work have an amazing evocative power. This is perhaps because they do not focus on singular association, but leave the door open to an entire series of associations which ripen in the mind of the beholder"
Alexandria Pierce wrote in Palimpsest exhibition essay of 2004:
"Gagnon's work is not an art of chance but one of precision, gradation and subtlety. Her employment of monochrome or very restrained hints of colour bears comparison to medieval Chinese aesthetics where poetry, calligraphy and painting were intended to inspire contemplation."
I obviously think it's worth visiting this exhibit!
April 4-April 25, 2009
Vernissage: Saturday April 4, 2009
80 Spadina Ave, #404