De l'un à l'autre
Ianick Raymond lives and works in Montréal. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Visual Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal. His research focuses on the perceptual contribution of painting and he is interested in the different ways to apprehend a painting. He received the Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2014), the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et culture Graduate Scholarship (2016) as well as the Artiste de la relève Prize by the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (2009). He was also a finalist at the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2011). Over the past ten years, he has exhibited throughout Canada. Last September, he completed his first project of integrating art into the architecture and environment for the Édifice Wilder – Espace Danse, located in the Quartier des spectacles.
Galerie B-312 is pleased to present De l’un à l’autre, Ianick Raymond’s latest exhibition, which also marks the end of his Master’s degree.—Taking place in both spaces of the gallery, De l’un à l’autre reflects the thoughts of the artist on painting. Throughout his academic research, he focuses on problematics related to the reception and the perception of a painting. He explores both the materiality of painting – the work of the surface, the primacy of matter, with its contingencies and its accidents – and the illusory aspect of representation – meticulous and thoughtful work playing on phenomena of perception. His explorations lead him to develop various tactics to make viewers see differently. The artist pays as almost as much attention to the place and conditions of presentation as to the painting themselves. He strives to eliminate the boundaries between the pictorial space and the exhibition space by imitating the grainy texture of the wall in his paintings. He aims to create a complex visual trajectory where each painting informs the next in a game of repetitions and comparisons where representation and material presence intertwine, questioning what we perceive. Are we in front of a trompe-l’oeil? The artist’s paintings encourage us to move in the space to multiply the points of view on the works, approaching, moving away. De l’un à l’autre incites the viewer to linger a little longer for a full experience.
—Summary of text by Isabelle Guimond