EXHIBITION OF ESPACE VERRE’S 30TH CLASS OF GRADUATES
From June 3 through September 3, 2021, the Espace VERRE Gallery presents Onirique, an exhibition featuring the works of the 30th Class of Graduates of the Fine Craft – Glass Option programme offered in collaboration with the Cégep du Vieux Montréal. Following three years of studying and exploring the many glass art techniques, Élianne Banville, Gabriel Dubé, Jean-Philippe Dumais and Jeanne Létourneau will make their grand debuts as professional glass artists.
After dabbling with painting and wood sculpting, Élianne Banville was compelled by the luminosity and lustre of glass. Particularly gifted in flameworking, she excels at recreating floral glass elements, familiar to her, which she then embellishes with a dose of her unique imagination. After being grafted to her kiln casted lost-wax sculptures, these elements become source of wonderment, adding to the supernatural eeriness of her vision, perfectly conveyed with glass.
From the very onset of his studies at the studio-school, Gabriel Dubé was seduced by the elegance of Venetian techniques. He is captivated by the paradoxical nature of his creative process: from a hard-working, extremely hot and demanding environment are born the utmost delicate, refined and subtly-curved goblets. Forever in quest for the absolute when creating his pieces, an insatiable thirst for perfection keeps the young glassblower on the road to success.
It was while manipulating and sculpting with hot glass that Jean-Philippe Dumais found his true passion. Inspired by all kinds of creatures from the animal kingdom, real or imaginary, his sculptures are constantly evolving and are a true testimony of his burgeoning artistic style. Fascinated by the world of Manga and comic books since his childhood, the act of creating in the intense heat of the studio allows him to reminisce back into his past and explore its most playful facet.
For Jeanne Létourneau, the city and its environment are the source of her inexhaustible creative pulse. Between the cold concrete, screeching steel and rusty metal, the roughness and beauty of urban surroundings intermingle and are transposed within her works. Through the filter of glass, she reinterprets scenes from her everyday life as to dive deeper, into derelict abandoned buildings, bold graffiti and street wear.
Espace VERRE is a glass creativity centre located at 1200 Mill Street in Montreal. The gallery is open for visits upon reservation Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as the last Sunday of every month, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
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