Join us for the opening reception Thursday, August 8th from 6-8pm.
This will be the first abstract art exhibition at Colborne Street Gallery! We are thrilled to feature these three artists working in contemporary Canadian abstract painting while also introducing their work to our community.
Jennifer Lefort’s fresh approach to abstraction combines bold gestures, electric colours and spontaneous biomorphic forms together in a playful dance of her own distinctive style. Aptly examining the coexistence and codependence of formalism and expressionism, Lefort places the viewer in an open-ended narrative of colour field and pattern, structure and disorder – embracing intuition and accident in a chromatic exploration of abstract space. An ongoing play between chaos and order, the weightless compositions offer a place for poetic speculation, for fantasy and freedom in a fleeting transformative exchange.
At once pre-tech and post-virtual, Lefort’s abstractions mirror the paradoxical nature of our current age. Sampled from urban culture and spiked with the tart, acidic colours of digital media, her gestures evoke the urgency and immediacy of abstract expressionism as well as of our fluid and fast-moving media landscape. Solid backgrounds brim with irregular lines. Emotive colour bursts across the canvas in lakes of blue and bubblegum pink. Through layering and repetition, Lefort’s process conveys a deep curiosity about form, colour and space, as well as a reassessment of oil painting traditions. With mists of spray paint and roiled impasto, Lefort conjures liminal spaces poised on the verge of ecstatic transformation – vigorous explorations somehow both capricious and bracingly resolute.
Jennifer Lefort lives and works in Gatineau, Quebec. Her work has been exhibited at Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), Equinox Gallery (Vancouver), Art Toronto and VOLTA. Lefort was a 2007 RBC Painting Competition finalist and received the prestigious Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award in 2005. The artist was honoured with the CALQ "Artwork of the year Award" in 2016 for her sculpture and painting exhibition entitled Le nouvel atelier, Curated by Marie-H/l'ne Leblanc at the Galerie UQO. The same year, she was invited as the first international artist-in-residence with PEZ Limited, a curatorial collective based in Los Angeles.
Robert Davidovitz is an artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. Best known for his ‘Woven Paint’ series, Davidovitz has been featured in various publications and press including the Huffington Post, ArtToronto, Moco Loco, and Bizarre Beyond Belief. Davidovitz would like to acknowledge the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. He would also like as acknowledge the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council.
Davidovitz has a Bachelor of Arts from York University and has participated in a residency at Spark Box Studio, Prince Edward County. His work has been exhibited in various cities across Ontario, including at the Gallery at Sheridan Institute, Museum London, Thames Art Gallery, Textile Museum of Canada, Harbourfront Centre, Gladstone Hotel, and Durham Art Gallery.
Darcie Kennedy’s work explores the relationship of predetermined methodologies and their application to contemporary painting. Her system of painting combines control and the element of chance. She favours an implied simplicity created through a mechanical process of paint application: painting in a most elemental state. She has found line paired with colour to be visually stimulating — so much so that any additional elements would only diminish the straightforward composition of the paintings. Theories on approaching painting as a process of accrual, by working in mechanical, anonymous-authored layers are of interest to her. Investigating and isolating one aspect of the creative process, how it might suggest the paintings’ later stages, and the impact on the final outcome. Her paintings incorporate and work to further this approach, while also hinting at the undeniable presence of the human hand (in favour of chance) in the overall composition.
Kennedy grew up outside of Fenelon Falls, Ontario. She has an MFA from the University of Ottawa and an Honours BA in Art and Art History at the University of Toronto, as well as a diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan College. Her work has been exhibited in Ottawa, Gatineau, Hamilton, Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto, and Japan.