Originally from Quebec, Annie Descôteaux lives and works in Montreal since 1998. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in sculpture at Concordia University. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions, including AXENÉO7 (2012) and l'Œil de Poisson (2015). She completed a creation residency at Ateliers Mommen in Brussels (2011) and participated in the 33rd International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul (2015). Her works are part of several private collections in Quebec and abroad.
Galerie B-312 is pleased to present Annie Descôteaux's exhibition Vista in its small space. The works of this Montréal based artist originally from Quebec City are a reflection of herself: lively, endowed with a subtle humor and a sharp intelligence. Annie Descôteaux employs the technique of cutting. Although her first works were narrative, she gradually turned to a more formal research, expressing her attraction to pure lines, yet without neglecting the figure. Plants, fried eggs, cigarettes, are all everyday objects present in her images. Their simple outlines associated with solid colours border between the figurative and the abstract. Despite the apparent simplicity of her technique, seemingly DIY, her realisations are the result of a combination of shapes and harmonization of colours. If they start from topics and know-how from everyday life, the popular, the modest, these collages in coloured Canson paper are at the same time a real encyclopedia of art history to the trained eye; they are full of modern and contemporary references. Justin Bieber, an Ikea cushion, the Dollarama shelves, can be the trigger elements, pretexts for her delicate compositions, just like Daniel Buren's motifs, Henri Matisse's palette or Piet Mondrian's structures. Her exhibition at Galerie B-312 presents five works on paper with particularly saturated colors and an on-site installation. Annie Descôteaux quickly felt the need to transpose the visual languages she explores into volumes adding an architectural dimension to her work where rationality and poetry intertwine.
Original text in French by Ophélie Chalabi