André Ethier + Jasmine Reimer
Exhibition : from June 3 to July 22, 2017 Opening : Saturday, June 3 2017, 3h00 pm - 6h00 pm
André Ethier’s paintings are often surreal, mystical, and fantastically grotesque. Ethier evades specific narrative and concrete concept, and works from his own subconscious. His hybrid, folk-like fantasy, sci-fi scenes, still lifes and portraits are equally informed by Old Master paintings, Fauvism, Dutch still life, and contemporary culture, and psychedelic rock. Among the artist's lush bouquets of oozy, dripping flowers are ambiguous one-eyed Cyclops creatures, bearded and long-haired men whose bulbous features threaten to melt into obscurity, and troll people who could have escaped from the pages of the older more gruesome fairy tales. A sort of dark humor is evident in these intensely colored paintings that balance between the natural world and the mystical world of myth and fairytale.
His work has been has had solo exhibitions at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles, CA, Galeria Marta Cervera in Madrid, Harper’s Apartment in New York and Pastures Contemporary Art in Toronto, among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Montreal and Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro.
Jasmine Reimer is a Canadian artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario Canada. She completed the Master of Fine Art Program at The University of Guelph in 2015 and the Bachelor of Fine Art Program at Emily Carr University in 2009. She has exhibited internationally including exhibitions at Fondiazone Bennatton in Venice, Italy and The Art Students League in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Small Obstructions’ and ‘Coherent Disorder and Confused Arousal’ at Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto, ‘Two Kinds of Anything’ at G Gallery also in Toronto and ‘the harder softer side’ at The Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina.
Reimer has been awarded many highly regarded grants and awards including the Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant and Ontario Arts Council Project Grant in 2015, Social Sciences, Research and Creation grant (SSHRC) in 2014 and British Columbia Arts Council Professional Development grant in 2011. She recently released her first book of poetry titled, Small Obstructions in February 2017.