Swarm

Swarm

Pierre Durette

From November 2nd to November 27th
Opening November 4th, 2011 from 7-10pm

A talented painter and printmaker, Montreal based Pierre Durette (Prix Albert Dumouchel in 2004, finalist in the 11th RBC painting contest in 2009) has been toiling for several years on a marathon series that is itself the product of monumental formal adventure. The title of this series, Propogations, has several threads of meaning interweaving sagas, destiny, and armies. This leads us to interpret these sophisticated scenes as if they were plausible representations of war and hunting, where elements coexist alongside icons, prodigious architecture, wildlife or pure botany. Sourced from encyclopedias and inspired by figurines of every sort, these statuette-like figures are tossed together pell-mell in a manner sometimes bordering on abstraction. The enterprise is ambitious, and not unlike that of the Enlightenment-era Encyclopedists who sought to “gather up the world’s scattered knowledge” in all fields: science, philosophy, the arts, politics, religion, etc. Created using successive layers of acrylic coated with glazing medium, the multiple strata lend the paintings a physical weight and a richness of meaning.