Virginie Mercure - Prismes, symétries et autres séductions

Galerie BAC is proud to present « Prismes, symétries et autres séductions » by artist Virginie Mercure. The exhibition will be held from July 3 to July 26. The opening reception begins at 5pmThursday, July 3 with the artist in attendance.

Virginie Mercure works to represent the complexity of reality, as a series of apparitions or events randomly reconcilable to our understanding of the world. Her paintings are composed of elements and concepts that she seeks to render more or less compatible. While they meet under some circumstances; they are antithetical in others. Mercure questions what creates the illusion of proximity or distance, and queries the emotional, intellectual, social or personal structures that attempt to bring order to the chaos that is reality.

Through color, shape and various ways of relating them, Mercure examines what causes ideas to connect or break down. She plays with various degrees of comprehension by using or contradicting certain pictorial precepts. “At times I make an effort to satisfy the requirements of a “good” painting; at others, not. My compositions incorporate what is, and isn’t, expected”. In summary, her paintings express a will to both construct and deconstruct. She attempts to activate logic in order to subsequently topple it. The artist seeks to keep reflection in motion by making it difficult to come to a final definition.

Mercure’s recent production, the series Isométries, comprises paintings composed of several canvases, assembled with a slight space between each. The result is a network of lines representing geometric forms in isometric perspective. The series tests the cohabitation of elements that present various optics. Indeed, the perspective that results from assembling canvases in this way automatically positions added interventions in a positive or negative relationship to it. Analyzing certain components of the image, which have their own perspective, therefore obliges one to disregard that of the support. In order for the network of lines that make up the support to be perceived as an integral part of the composition, the support must become a shape without relief.  This forces a displacement of attention akin to that of certain optical illusions, provoking discontinuity in our take of the image and rupturing our comprehension of it.

Virginie Mercure obtained her BFA (2005) and her MFA (2012) from Université Laval in Quebec City. In the past few years, she exhibited her works at Centre en art actuel Regart, Lévis (2011), at Centre d'artistes Caravansérail, Rimouski (2012) and at the Biennale de Québec where she was awarded the prix Videre Création en arts visuels  (2013). She recently  exhibited her latest body of work during her Rétro-prospetive solo exhibition (2014) at Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal (Montreal). Her work can be found in many private collections in Canada and more recently in the Collection Loto-Québec. Virginie Mercure lives and works in Quebec City.