Exhibition Dates

October 1 – 14, 2015


Thursday, October 1st, 2015  5:00pm to 8:00pm

Galerie St-Laurent + Hill is proud to showcase a new body of work by the artist Étienne Gélinas.

My research focuses on the ambiguity of codes and language systems in a semiotic space, in painting today. It is a reflection on the duality of plastic and scientific codes, and on the concept of space and the paradoxical aspect that emerges. I endeavor to link systems, to make them coexist and dialogue. The result generates an interaction between artistic forms and representations of scientific languages.

Different languages become one within the same space.

Space and architecture are central concepts of my approach. Space presents itself abstractly through a detachment of the plans, an overlap of delineated areas, and assemblies of multipoint perspectives which dig into the surface of the painting to give it a sense of depth. An objectively two dimensional space, that becomes three-dimensional rather subjectively through our interpretation of the codes that are presented.

The compositions suggest continuity of the image beyond its physical limits. An approach that helps to highlight the notion of space in my work and which implicitly refers us to the world of cinema and photography by including the concept of framing.

The glossy and glazed finish of some areas in my paintings is reminiscent of the screen by its transparency. The screen is probably what best represents the transformation of our technological culture, propelling us into a new age of “écranique” (screen) prosthesis. This appendix has become, increasingly, that through which we see and transform our environment. By their ubiquity, screens redefine our space references. The multiple screens within our environments profoundly alter the sensitive area we are able to perceive and our perception of the still image.

In a world where the screen has taken the place of reality and tends to make it disappear
(Fischer 2008), has painting, which was originally a window to the world, become the still picture of the “écranique” reality?

Fischer, H. (2008). Les métaphores de l’écran, Prolifération des écrans/Proliferation of screens. Québec

[Que.], Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Born in Maniwaki (Québec), Etienne Gélinas pursued college education in “visual and media arts” at the Collège de l’Outaouais in Gatineau, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in art and design from the UQO (BA) in 2006, and later graduated with a master’s degree in project management (MPM) from the UQO in 2012, and also a Master in visual art (MA) at the UQO in 2015. He has staged numerous solo exhibitions, including at AxeNeo7, at the Art-Image and Espace Odysée galleries of the Maison de la Culture de Gatineau, at the D’Avignon Gallery in Montréal, at the St-Laurent+Hill Gallery in Ottawa, at the Galerie Montcalm of the Maison du Citoyen de Gatineau, at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto, at the Lanlande & Doyle Gallery of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, at The CACPC of Chelsea as well at the Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or.



SUNDAY                          12-5
MONDAY                         CLOSED

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