The gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Leclerc, the recipient of the 2017 Sylvie and Simon Blais Award for Emerging Visual Artists. Gallerists Sylvie and Simon Blais created the award in 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of their gallery.
The exhibition, À Mystic Rill, will include some twenty works (paintings and sculptures) that are interrelated through a web of hidden associations, offering the viewer a reinterpretation of the “history” by taking as a starting point the Dominion amusement park, and more specifically its “Mystic Rill” ride, the site of a tragic fire in August 1919. By means of open-ended stagings, Jean-Michel Leclerc recreates a place that becomes a fantasized field of possibilities. Taking an interest in the narrative details, documents and objects of a bygone location, the artist attempts to create, in the here and now, a world in which signs and other skeletons of the past are brought together to form a new whole.