Exhibition : The Singularity of Human Nature

Exhibition : The Singularity of Human Nature

In view of a new exhibit at the MX Gallery, scheduled for November 2015, Besner began to reflect seriously on the creation of a series that would be designed specifically for the gallery. He has proposed a very personal exhibit entitled “Human Nature in the Singular”.

Besner has proposed a series of intimate and personal portraits, dominated by profound and complex shades of grey, which appear to emanate from successive layers of oil based paste. The striking color contrasts, which have almost become the artist’s signature, have been greatly subdued. This may be the result of the new coloring and etching techniques with which Besner has been recently experimenting.

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Location: Galerie MX 333 Av. Viger O. Montreal 514-315-8900 art@galeriemx.com
Opening: Friday, November 6, 2015
Date: from November 6 to December 1st, 2015


 

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New Besner Exhibition at MX Gallery

COVER_Catalogue_expositionIn 2013, after a creative career spanning more than 20 years, including more than 2,000 works exhibited in 9 different countries, Canadian artist, Dominic Besner, retired as an active exhibitor, in order to enter into a period of research and reflection.

Besner spent the last two years studying new techniques in engraving and aqua fortis, both to improve his line sketching and to develop a new approach to subject composition. In his studio, he began to create new art work with no specific objective or intention in terms of eventual dissemination. His only motive was to paint and to sketch as freely and as simply as possible.

However in view of a new exhibit at the MX Gallery, scheduled for November 2015, Besner began to reflect seriously on the creation of a series that would be designed specifically for the gallery. He has proposed a very personal exhibit entitled “Human Nature in the Singular”.

The first unique feature of this new collection in the return to smaller format, a clear break with his projects in the past, mainly in China, where he worked on formats of more than 2 meters.

Besner has proposed a series of intimate and personal portraits, dominated by profound and complex shades of grey, which appear to emanate from successive layers of oil based paste. The striking color contrasts, which have almost become the artist’s signature, have been greatly subdued. This may be the result of the new coloring and etching techniques with which Besner has been recently experimenting.

The characters in his paintings also have a different presence and attitude. There is less stoicism; there is a greater sense of peace. They develop close bonds with their environment and their attention focuses on objects, by which they appear to be preoccupied. It may be a mirror, a kite, a child’s toy, an airplane, a boat; the paintings are replete with a variety of objects that introduce a point of common interest that is shared by the viewer, the characters and the artist. This introduces a new perspective, which is less influenced by the dynamic of the observer observed. The characters painted by Dominic Besner invite us to enter into their private world, while revealing the profound sensitivity of the artist.

The scenes depicted are less grandiose, there is a greater sobriety among the characters and far less of the adornment, which typical of Besner. In general fashion, this new simplicity expressed by the artist reveals a high level of maturity and authenticity in his painting technique. As Besner shows us, less is always more.

There continues to be a definite continuity in the new parade of characters that Dominic Besner has developed. The chromatic universe is different and even if the colors and forms distinguishing this universe are ever present, it is their role that has changed.

– Martin Bundock

Traduction : Joseph Blain