L’Emploi du Temps

L’Emploi du Temps

Nathalie Thibault

From June 7th to June 30th
Opening June 7th, 2013 from 6-9pm

LE Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition from Quebec City based painter Nathalie Thibault. Thibault explores the rich tradition of gestural abstraction in her latest exhibition. Engaging with the complexity of her process, Thibault sets up unpredictable systems in flux to allow her works to develop in an intimate and ephemeral manner.

Thibault has exhibited in Québec City, Montréal and Toronto. She was a semi-finalist in 2009 for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has been included in group exhibitions at the Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal and the Power Plant, Toronto. That same year, she was included in The Phoenix Art: The Renewed Life of Contemporary Painting, an exhibition curated by Robert Enright at Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal. Thibault holds an MFA from Laval University.

Artist’s Statement

The Use of Time

As in previous work, it is in the time it takes to create a painting that its various components are gradually layered and an increasingly complex composition develops.

Recent work underscores action, free exploration and the revelation of process; the feel is deliberately raw. The particularities of the paintings of this series reside in the oval shape of the support and in new features in my practice.

The unusual shape of the supports emphasizes the relationship between the canvas as object and the space it represents. It accentuates both the limits of the image and the illusion that it extends beyond the frame, creating an impression of limitless space and the sensation of being immersed in the painting.

As these compositions have grown, I have also been drawn to the effects created by boundaries within the painting, to the negative spaces that result from the cohabitation of gestures and configurations that sometimes create the illusion of depth. The addition of new textures and the use of stretches of colour were used to this end.

Finally, the exhibition is a witness to several desires: that of presenting a thing and its opposite, of creating imperfect shapes that marry or rival one another, and of creating order while simultaneously perturbing rhythm.