Oeuvres récentes de / Recent Works by Miguel-Angel Berlanga
OTTAWA, ON – Oeuvres récentes de / Recent Works by Miguel-Angel Berlanga at the L.A, Pai Gallery, 13 Murray Street, Byward Market
Du 27 septembre au 18 octobre jeudi; vernissage, du 17h a 20h, jeudi, le 27 septembre.
September 27th – October 18th; met the artist Thursday September 27th from 5-8 pm.
Je conçois l’art comme un moyen d’accès à l’esprit. Il peut sonder l’âme, l’être et les objets tout à la fois, nous offrir une vision autre de l’Univers et nous inciter à remettre en question nos perceptions courantes du réel. Dans cette perspective, l’oeuvre ne signifie pas, elle “est”. “La poésie est l’exercice de l’éveil” nous rappelle le poète chinois Wei k’ing-tche (XIIe siècle). L’art n’a de sens que dans la mesure où il nourrit l’esprit de celui qui le créé et, par extension, celui du spectateur en les obligeant, à force d’observation, à modifier leurs habitudes de perception.
I consider art as a means to access the mind. It can explore the soul, the self and objects, all at the same time; it presents (or it can present ) an alternate vision of the universe, and prompts us to question our ordinary perception of reality. In this perspective, a work of art does not mean, it “is”. According to the Chinese poet Wei k’ing-tche (12th century), “Poetry is an exercise of Awakening”. Art carries meaning inasmuch as it feeds the mind of the one that creates it and the one who engages with it by forcing, through observation, a change in his or her habits of perception.
“The work of Miguel-Angel Berlanga is marked by the constant search for the essential, the quest for knowledge that will lead him to a clearer grasp of the buddhist notion of emptiness, a notion that refers back to ourselves as being indistinct, finally in harmony with the world and participating in it.” – Richard Gagnier
Berlanga has been a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts since 2004 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre d’art contemporain Axe-Néo 7 in Gatineau, Quebec from 2002-2010. Most recently, Berlanga was part of the inaugural exhibition, Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We’ll all become stories at the Ottawa Art Gallery with two works on display.
Born in Madrid in 1951, Miguel-Angel Berlanga is well known throughout the National Capital Region for his major public works. Co-founder of the artistsʼ collectives A&B associés and Groupe Agri-culturel, his works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad.
Since 2000, L.A. Pai Gallery has made important contributions to the presentation and dissemination of contemporary Canadian sculpture and jewellery, both in Canada and around the world. Committed to discovering and contextualizing emerging and established artists, the gallery has gained recognition for its art installations for public as well as private collectors.
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