Published on Brock University (http://brocku.ca)
The work of Visa Drawing Instructor Lorène Bourgeois is featured in a solo exhibition at the Harbourfront Centre this summer. Vestiaire/Cloakroom presents a series of large-scale drawings and a video, based upon the subject of clothing and its relation to the human body and head.
"Recently, I have been exploring the territory of head and face protection, including gas masks and military helmets. I am interested not only in the social and utilitarian functions of these artifacts, but also in their qualities as physical objects - the way they frame or envelop the body, and the way they disclose or conceal the human form."
"Isolated from their original context, these objects seem to oscillate between functionality and theatricality, between absurdity and threat. It is this tension, the moment when the function of clothing slips into something less recognizable, that I wish to investigate."
Lorène Bourgeois lives and works in Toronto. Her work in drawing, painting, and printmaking has been exhibited across Canada, as well as in France, Korea, Russia, and the United States. She is represented in private and public collections, including Canada Council Art Bank, Banff Centre for the Arts, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ernst & Young, MOCCA, National Bank of Canada, Richmond Hill Public Library, University of Toronto (Donovan and Hart House Collections). A member of Loop Gallery and Open Studio in Toronto, she teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University.
The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Many thanks also to the London Imperial War Museum and Noreen Marshall, Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, for granting special access to their collections.
Harbourfront Centre, project room
June 18 - September 25, 2011
Friday, June 17, 6 -10 pm
235 Queens Quay West
Canada M5J 2G8
(416) 973 4000