Curator: Jakub Zdebik
Abstract Networks explores the emergence of a modernist formalist aesthetics in contemporary culture through the art of Luce Meunier, Sarah Rooney, and Monica Tap. These three artists capture multiple facets of the modernist style: geometry, abstract landscape and an engagement with reproducibility. The works in the exhibition create networks of association and meaning through painted representation, photography as painting, abstract photographic strategies and landscapes dissolving into abstraction. All these variations on representation are connected through an engagement with digital technology.
– Jakub Zdebik
Luce Meunier uses a bare minimum of visual and graphic language to create her works. The artist is concerned with original application processes, and finds non-classical methods to apply her subject. Formed by prominent folds, superimpositions and illusions of transparency, her pictorial compositions explore space and highlight organizational structures in a formal organic geometry. Luce Meunier lives and works in Montreal. Her work has recently been presented at Antoine Ertaskiran Gallery (Montreal), Galerie R3 de l’UQTR (Trois-Rivières), Christie Contemporary Gallery (Toronto), Dunlop Art Gallery in (Regina), and Birch Libralato Gallery (Toronto). She was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2006. Her works can be found in many private, corporate, and institutional collections. The artist is represented by Antoine Ertaskiran Gallery.
Sarah Rooney makes paintings and photographs through a process of the layering of registers. She seeks to become witness to subtle spatial conundrums, and her works present reflections on shifts in distance, immediacy, and time. A Montreal-based artist, she was born in South Africa and spent her formative years in Brazil. Rooney studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England, before obtaining a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA from York University in Toronto. She has taught at York University, the University of Toronto, and she is currently a part-time professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. Rooney’s paintings are included in the Canada Council Art Bank Collection, as well as in private collections in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe.
Monica Tap’s many artistic activities involve exploring questions of time and representation in painting. Her practice opens up a space between landscape and abstraction, and navigates the terrain between painting and other media. Her canvases are conceptual and systematic investigations into the codes of pictorial illusionism and perception. Over the past fifteen years, her work has been exhibited in Canada, New York and London, England. She has received many grants and awards, including one from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her project, “Translation as a Strategy of Renewal in Painting.” She is a professor in the School of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Guelph.
Jakub Zdebik is an assistant professor of Art History in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. His work has been published in RACAR, The Brock Review, The Semiotic Review of Books, English Studies in Canada and Deleuze Studies. He has released two books: Deleuze and the Diagram: Aesthetic Threads in Visual Organization (Continuum Press, 2012) and Deleuze and the Map-Image: Aesthetics, Information, Code and Digital Art came out in May (Bloomsbury Press, 2019). He has also curated art exhibitions at the Kennedy Museum of Art in Ohio and Gallery R3 in Trois-Rivières, Quebec.