Angel of Needs

Work by Gilles LeBlanc (1970)

Photo: Marc Paulin
1995
Dry lithograph
40.64 x 57.15 cm
© Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton.


The Earth has been declared a disaster area. St. Peter has locked the pearly gates, the Archangels have given the order and the Angels have strung up the barbed wire. It’s time to give up, start a new project, break out the construction paper again.

Julie, 5 years old (or is it 5000?) dreams of her mother one last time before entering Eternity.

Michel M. Albert
The Earth has been declared a disaster area. St. Peter has locked the pearly gates, the Archangels have given the order and the Angels have strung up the barbed wire. It’s time to give up, start a new project, break out the construction paper again.

Julie, 5 years old (or is it 5000?) dreams of her mother one last time before entering Eternity.

Michel M. Albert

© 1997, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

Gilles LeBlanc (1970)

Born on May 30, 1970 in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, Gilles LeBlanc has lived in Moncton since 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts from Université de Moncton (in printmaking, sculpture and photography) before attending various training workshops given by the likes of Saskatchewan’s Nick Semenof, inventor of dry lithography. He has worked at an artist and master engraver at the Imago studio for four years.

Gilles LeBlanc’s lithographic works clearly belong to the imaginary world even as they reflect genuine human considerations. They are notable for their juxtaposition of photographic elements and a very expressive painter’s touch illustrating this paradox of fantasy and reality with surprising subtlety.

LeBlanc was recently received a creative grant from the province of New Brunswick. His works gracce several collections, including the Cohen Fund, Hôpital Dr. Georges L. Dumont and the Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton, as well as many private collections.

Michel M. Albert (1971 Read More
Gilles LeBlanc (1970)

Born on May 30, 1970 in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, Gilles LeBlanc has lived in Moncton since 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts from Université de Moncton (in printmaking, sculpture and photography) before attending various training workshops given by the likes of Saskatchewan’s Nick Semenof, inventor of dry lithography. He has worked at an artist and master engraver at the Imago studio for four years.

Gilles LeBlanc’s lithographic works clearly belong to the imaginary world even as they reflect genuine human considerations. They are notable for their juxtaposition of photographic elements and a very expressive painter’s touch illustrating this paradox of fantasy and reality with surprising subtlety.

LeBlanc was recently received a creative grant from the province of New Brunswick. His works gracce several collections, including the Cohen Fund, Hôpital Dr. Georges L. Dumont and the Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton, as well as many private collections.

Michel M. Albert (1971)

Born on July 6, 1971 in Quebec City, Michel M. Albert spent most of his childhood in Edmundston, New Brunswick. He has lived in Moncton since 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Literary Studies from Université de Moncton and then created his own micro-company, Ag! Press, to produce poetic cartoons and fanzines. His titles include Dada, Stripper, Improvision and the forthcoming Fast-Draw Comix, King James Comix and Cookie-Cutter Blake.

Michel M. Albert is primarily a poetry artist. He has built and now published his magazines himself, bypassing traditional publishing companies. He consistently draws his inspiration from great (and popular) literature, and his texts are almost essays on the subject authors. As a documentary film-maker, Michel M. Albert seeks to educate as well as entertain, with a very unusual mix of image and text.

All his magazines are listed in the documentation centre of the Galerie d’Art de l’Université de Moncton and boast subscribers in Texas as well as Ontario.

© 1997, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

"Les aînés éparpillés"

Work by Harlan Johnson

Artwork: Harlan Johnson
1995
Oil on canvas
71.5 x 109 cm
© Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton.


(Excerpt)

2n. [...]

3a. Phillum aranea can range in size from a fraction of a millimetre to about 25 centimetres, and has poisonous barbs and silk-producing glands. See: orange garden spider, turret spider, trap-door spider.

3b. Phillum blatta has thick wings and long antennae (dictyoptera); many species live in human habitations. See: cockroach.

3c. [...]

(End of excerpt)

Michel M. Albert
(Excerpt)

2n. [...]

3a. Phillum aranea can range in size from a fraction of a millimetre to about 25 centimetres, and has poisonous barbs and silk-producing glands. See: orange garden spider, turret spider, trap-door spider.

3b. Phillum blatta has thick wings and long antennae (dictyoptera); many species live in human habitations. See: cockroach.

3c. [...]

(End of excerpt)

Michel M. Albert

© 1997, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

Harlan Johnson

Harlan Johnson, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, now lives in Montreal, Quebec. After earning a Bachelor of Plastic Arts from Concordia University in Montreal in 1979, he entered the masters program at this same university in 1985, majoring in painting. He now teaches painting at his alma mater, Concordia University.

His work draws in part on the history of natural science. The dictates of science manuals-order, classification, illustration-are distorted from their purpose. Detached images, simply juxtaposed, have been stripped of their characteristic order and utility.

Harlan Johnson has obtained many grants over the past 15 years, including four Canada Council "B" grants. His work is found in many collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the art lending collection of the Musée du Québec, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery collection in Charlottetown, PEI, McGill University and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Michel M. Albert (1971)

Born on July 6, 1971 in Quebec City, Read More
Harlan Johnson

Harlan Johnson, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, now lives in Montreal, Quebec. After earning a Bachelor of Plastic Arts from Concordia University in Montreal in 1979, he entered the masters program at this same university in 1985, majoring in painting. He now teaches painting at his alma mater, Concordia University.

His work draws in part on the history of natural science. The dictates of science manuals-order, classification, illustration-are distorted from their purpose. Detached images, simply juxtaposed, have been stripped of their characteristic order and utility.

Harlan Johnson has obtained many grants over the past 15 years, including four Canada Council "B" grants. His work is found in many collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the art lending collection of the Musée du Québec, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery collection in Charlottetown, PEI, McGill University and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Michel M. Albert (1971)

Born on July 6, 1971 in Quebec City, Michel M. Albert spent most of his childhood in Edmundston, New Brunswick. He has lived in Moncton since 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Literary Studies from Université de Moncton and then created his own micro-company, Ag! Press, to produce poetic cartoons and fanzines. His titles include Dada, Stripper, Improvision and the forthcoming Fast-Draw Comix, King James Comix and Cookie-Cutter Blake.

Michel M. Albert is primarily a poetry artist. He has built and now published his magazines himself, bypassing traditional publishing companies. He consistently draws his inspiration from great (and popular) literature, and his texts are almost essays on the subject authors. As a documentary film-maker, Michel M. Albert seeks to educate as well as entertain, with a very unusual mix of image and text.

All his magazines are listed in the documentation centre of the Galerie d’Art de l’Université de Moncton and boast subscribers in Texas as well as Ontario.

© 1997, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

"Rite du printemps"

Work by Anne Gallant (1961)

Artist's collection, Photo: Noëlla Richard
1997
Watercolour, gouache and ink
35 x 95 cm
© Anne Gallant.


Spring ritual

winter, spring
death, life

this serpent
sheds her skin
it is regeneration
the need for death
to arrive at life

the cycles of nature
surround us everyday

in the rituals of springtime
when Earth awakes

in the serpent
regenerating her skin

in the seeds
when they start to grow

in the trees
when their presence is felt

in the spring
look around you
at nature’s awakening
the beauty is so grand
it is The Spring Ritual


Anne Gallant
Spring ritual

winter, spring
death, life

this serpent
sheds her skin
it is regeneration
the need for death
to arrive at life

the cycles of nature
surround us everyday

in the rituals of springtime
when Earth awakes

in the serpent
regenerating her skin

in the seeds
when they start to grow

in the trees
when their presence is felt

in the spring
look around you
at nature’s awakening
the beauty is so grand
it is The Spring Ritual


Anne Gallant

© 1997, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

Anne Gallant (1961)

Anne Gallant was born in Abram-Village, Prince Edward Island, in 1961. She graduated from École Evangéline in Abram-Village, in 1979. She studied for two years in the Bachelor of Arts program at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, with honours in art history. In 1983, she earned her diploma with distinction from George Brown College of Art and Technology of Toronto. She won a scholarship from the P.E.I. Council of the arts.

She is very industrious and has worked in many places throughout Canada. She has opened advertising design studios and has taught visual arts. She has painted murals in private homes and now produces greeting cards, which are very popular. She has occasionally lived in Haiti and the Dominican Republic for a total period of three and a half years as a missionary working in the fields of nutrition and cooperation.

Using watercolour techniques learned at the Buckhorn School of Fine Arts, Anne Gallant developed the "wash" technique of applying three to seven layers of paint and submerging the paper in water. Spiritual and personal quests have Read More
Anne Gallant (1961)

Anne Gallant was born in Abram-Village, Prince Edward Island, in 1961. She graduated from École Evangéline in Abram-Village, in 1979. She studied for two years in the Bachelor of Arts program at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, with honours in art history. In 1983, she earned her diploma with distinction from George Brown College of Art and Technology of Toronto. She won a scholarship from the P.E.I. Council of the arts.

She is very industrious and has worked in many places throughout Canada. She has opened advertising design studios and has taught visual arts. She has painted murals in private homes and now produces greeting cards, which are very popular. She has occasionally lived in Haiti and the Dominican Republic for a total period of three and a half years as a missionary working in the fields of nutrition and cooperation.

Using watercolour techniques learned at the Buckhorn School of Fine Arts, Anne Gallant developed the "wash" technique of applying three to seven layers of paint and submerging the paper in water. Spiritual and personal quests have led her to draw inspiration from prehistoric drawings to breathe new life into the forms and spirit of ancient matrilineal civilizations that honoured women for their wisdom.

© 1997, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Understand that art can influence and reflect culture by conveying social and ethical issues
  • Be aware that the creative process is influenced by personal experience.
  • Understand that our reaction to art is based on our own experiences
  • Understand relationships between visual communication and written expression
  • Be aware that writers and artists use a range of strategies to communicate meaning
  • Be aware of the diversity of Francophone art across Canada
  • Develop an appreciation of historical and contemporary Francophone art in Canada
  • Recognize the role of the curator in choosing, researching and interpreting art for exhibition

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