MICHEL BOUTIN - Afterglow
January 27 - February 22
Art Placement is pleased to host an exhibition of paintings by interdisciplinary artist Michel Boutin, presented by Regina's Sâkêwêwak Artist Collective as part of their annual Storyteller's Festival. Click the image to learn more.
The tradition of Western Landscape painting can be traced to late 17th century Britain. This "Age of Enlightenment" initiated science and rational thought as the governors of the "New Society." The Royal Society of London described nature as a machine and man as its engineer. Landscape paintings became a way for patron landowners to exhibit their dominion over land and nature.
During the romantic period of the 19th century the landscape became allegory. Early modernist painters began to utilize landscape painting as an armature for abstraction.
The works in this exhibition also utilize landscape as an armature for abstraction. Not of light but of place. Not of image but of essence.
Each work attempts to capture the essence of landscape painting overlaid with an echo of what has come before...of what could be again. They reference past, present and future simultaneously. Like a graffiti artist would mark a wall, or a cartographer a map, the skies become the ground for images left as trace, a sense of being beyond and without the human.
They are part of a series of works investigating the relationship between real and constructed ideas of time and place. They are meant to stimulate our subconscious understanding of the infinite as the afterglow of the finite.