Vernissage on February 16, 2017, at 6 p.m.
Montreal, January 31, 2017 – From February 16 to March 31, 2017, the Espace VERRE Gallery presents Ce qu’il y a derrière l’écorce, an exhibition featuring Dominique Beaupré St-Pierre’s latest works. The opening reception will be held in presence of the artist on Thursday, February 16, at 6 p.m.
By pairing glass and vegetation, Dominique Beaupré St-Pierre fuses her two greatest passions. She creates delicate sculptures by literally grafting glass elements to dwarf trees that she cultivates herself. During their growth cycle, Beaupré St-Pierre’s bonsais adapt to the glass, just like a resilient urban tree will grow right through the meshes of a wire fence. Yet even with its incredible capacity for adaptation, vegetation does have its limits: is a balance between glass and tree even possible? How long can they harmoniously co-exist?
Beyond her works, which hide an impressive and refined glass workmanship, one can perceive a deeper reflection on the traces that we leave behind, as individuals or as a society. For Beaupré St-Pierre, the impact of our actions is at the core of our world’s current challenges, and the keys to finding a solution reside in the knowledge and respect of what exists behind any process. A perfect antidote to the winter blues and the frenzy of everyday life, Ce qu’il y a derrière l’écorce is an invitation to slow down and contemplate the gentle strength of life.
Dominique Beaupré St-Pierre lives and works in Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Quebec. She obtained a bachelor degree in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and a diploma in Fine Crafts – glass option. Additionally, she studied horticulture at the Montreal Botanical Garden. During the span of her artistic career, she has received many merits, including the prestigious François-Houdé Award in 2009. Her works have been shown in Canada, the United States of America and Korea, and are part of many important public collections. Her recent explorations were made possible thanks to a research grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Espace VERRE is a glass art creativity centre located at 1200 Mill in Montreal. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as the last Sunday of every month, from noon to 5 p.m. Take advantage of our prolonged hours on Saturday, March 4 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., during Nuit blanche à Montréal. Admission is free of charge.
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Above: Ce qu’il y a derrière l’écorce #4 (detail) | Photo: Dominique Beaupré St-Pierre
Source: Valérie Paquin