The Painting Project

Creator(s): Galerie de l'UQAM

The Painting Project proposes to delineate the practice of recent painting in Canada for a wide audience, based on exhaustive research in a didactic register and with a selection of 60 works by as many artists. The ambition is to provide a broader view of painting by founding a "panorama in the making", according to a survey of the categories observable today. Four became the basis for selections: the "figure of reality," emanating from the procedures of figuration, in line with the great painting traditions; "fictional worlds," arising from figurative undertakings with content that is either symbolic-inspired by cartoons, comic strips, graphic novels, the media or commercial illustration-or 100 per cent computer-based; "painting as the subject," where, by means of quotation, gesture and abstraction, "how to paint" becomes the subject matter; and, finally, "hybrid practices," in which painting develops in osmosis with other art disciplines to produce object-paintings, writing-paintings and photograph-paintings.

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