“Summertime in Paris’, Parisian Laundry's annual summer exhibition remixed this year under the semblance of the city wide ‘Extreme Painting’ project. The exhibition brings together six national and international contemporary artists focusing on where paint is used as potential both in 2 and 3D work. Alongside this survey will be a showcase of recent acquisitions from the Tedeschi Collection featuring an international selection of contemporary artists.
Survey of the gallery's artists and guest artists installed as a project by Director Jeanie Riddle including works by BGL, David Armstrong Six, Valérie Blass and Jennifer Lefort as well as invited artists Justin Stephens and Montreal premiere of NYC based artist Cordy Ryman.
Recent Acquisitions from the Tedeschi Collection including: Abbas Akhavan, Karin Davie, Lotte Geeven, Kirk Hayes, Gregor Hildebrand, Julian Opie, Reinaldo Sanguino, Cordy Ryman &, Franz West & Tal R.
About the artists:
BGL was created while the three were studying at Laval University. For over 13 years, they have exhibited widely and frequently both in solo and group exhibitions including The 1er Bienal del fin del mundo, Ushuaia, Argentina, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Musée d’art moderne Lille Métropole, France, Mercer Union, Toronto, Hart House, University of Toronto, The Havana Biennale, Cuba and The Montreal Biennale. They have been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Conseil des arts et letters du Québec and are finalists for the Sobey Award. Their work is found in the collections of The Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and The National Gallery of Canada.
Originally from Toronto, David Armstrong Six has been living and working in Montreal since 2006. His large scale and in situ work has been exhibited widely throughout Canada, the USA, Europe, and New Zealand including shows at Plug In Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, the Power Plant, Toronto, 381 Red Bull space, Toronto, the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal and White Columns in New York City.
Valérie Blass obtained a BFA and a MFA in visual and media arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. Blass was an invited artist in the inaugural Québec Triennial at The Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal. The museum subsequently acquired one of her sculptures for their permanent collection. She has had solo shows in Montréal at Galerie Circa, Galerie B312, DareDare, Galerie Foreman (Sherbrooke), in Québec City at L’Œil de poisson, in Toronto at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art as well as group shows most recently at the at the Power Plant, Toronto, curated by Helena Reckitt, Galerie de l’UQAM, Galerie Clark and Blackwood Gallery. Her work is also found in the permanent collection of the The National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée contemporain de Montréal, the loan collection of The Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, The Royal Bank of Canada, as well as privately.
Jennifer Lefort holds an Honours BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and obtained her MFA at York University in Toronto in 2006. Recipient of the prestigious Plasket Award, the artist traveled extensively and resided in Berlin through the award led residency. The artist was recognized and selected as a finalist in the 2007 RBC Painting Competition. Her work is collected on both private and corporate levels. Some notable acquisitions of Lefort’s work include the Musée Nationale du Québec, Aldo Group, Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbott, Hydro-Quebec and more.
Cordy Ryman’s previous solo exhibitions include DCKT (New York, NY), Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (New York, NY), Traver Gallery (Seattle, WA) and Stalke Up North (Gilleleje, Denmark). Previous group exhibitions include One More, Esbjerg Museum of Modern Art (Esbjerg, Denmark), Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York, NY) and Greater New York 2005 at P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center (Long Island City, NY).
A semi finalist of the RBC Canadian Painting competition in 2007 and 2008, Justin Stephens has shown often and extensively across Canada and Australia including Mercer Union in Toronto, B-312 in Montreal and The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Stephens will commence his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art this September.
Janet Werner received her BFA Maryland Institute, Baltimore 1985, and MFA Yale University, New Haven 1987. Spanning over 15 years as an established painter, Werner has shown widely and often across Canada including shows at the Liane & Danny Taran Gallery, Montreal, Dunlop Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Plug In Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, as well as in Europe at the Prague
Biennale, and Cologne, Germany. The Canada Council has supported her work in both research and for the NYC studio.