PREMONITION | the glass of the future

From September 16 through October 31, 2021, the Espace VERRE gallery will present PREMONITION, a collective exhibition featuring the works of five glass artists and one creative designer. 2021, we’re already there. Planet Earth is degrading; the atmosphere is polluted, the overconsumption, the global warming and the unforgettable all-pervading pandemic that continues its ravages. With a technology that is creeping more and more into our lives, our fingerprints digitally encoded into our screens. Throughout the continuous flow of images and information, glass artists re-imagine glass by dissecting what it once was and presenting it from a fresh perspective, in the light of a new era of transformation. Rooted by reflective and innovative artistic processes, Jean-François Boivin, Dylan Duchet, Sécrétion Féline (a duo including Nicolas Forlini and Diane Champagnat-Becker in collaboration with Jules Boissiere) and Jessie Tesolin propose progressive works in an outstanding exhibition where colors, forms, consciousnesses and lights collide to form a predetermined future.

After dabbling with painting and sculpture, Jean-François Boivin discovered glass that he then associated with 3D printing. His spontaneous artistic approach holds a strong social stance. His passion for glass and technology led him to experiment with smart and mobile lighting. An added light source goes through a fused glass piece which then acts as a messenger. The glass piece is multiplied by a lighting effect which demonstrates the existing harmonies and tensions of our environment. Furthermore, this illumination completely transforms the glass in his installation Verre et nouvelle ère. The glass immerges within us; while implanting itself in our memories, vibrant and unforgettable.

Dylan Duchet imagines the future and the evolution of mankind through the creation of blown glass pieces that are then embellished with sandblasted engravings. This is achieved by transferring his drawings onto photoresist films permitting the engravings. His ethereal universe transports the spectator’s gaze onto the glass bodies’ abstract lines that find purpose within the creases of the material. By imagining the living in symbiosis with technology, the artist testifies on this future change by creating Homo Vitro Futuris. Immobile silhouettes seem to demonstrate an uncertain tomorrow, but, simultaneously, exalting.

Glass is a reflection of the past, present and future of society. This is the thought process that guides the work of Sécrétion Féline, a duo of glass blowers composed of Nicolas Forlini and Diane Champagnat-Becker. For this artistic endeavor, they are accompanied by Jules Boissiere, a creative designer that specializes in interactive and immersive installations in the new technology realm. Throughout nonutilitarian glass pieces, many connected fluids are placed propagating into a projection mapping. This work questions the present and future challenges of society. The omnipresence of technology becomes essential to the liveliness of the Intuition binaire artistic installation.

Jessie Tesolin creates glass pieces that are in tuned with the natural environment. Her work Cohabitation represents a massive grid invaded by flowers and vines. The abstract and repetitive lines are reminiscent of the infinity of technology and the nature elements represent the organic structure from which artists work from. They come into contact and acclimate themselves with each other in harmony. The artist places great importance on the details that she enhances with her torch. She believes that long after the disappearance of living beings, the vestiges of technology will resonate in an apocalyptic world where nature will constantly renew itself.

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.

Photos: Jean-François Boivin, Dylan Duchet, Jules Boissiere and Jessie Tesolin
Graphic design:

Narges Qurban, Communications Manager

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