CYNTHIA-REEVES presents an exhibition of new projects by Canadian artist, Yechel Gagnon. The show runs from
Saturday, June 3 – July 8 at CYNTHIA-REEVES, located on the campus of MASS MoCA at 1315 MASS MoCA Way. As part of the gallery’s new project initiative, the artist will work on-site from June 11-18, to create a final iteration of works in progress. This will be the first exhibition of the gallery’s new program, which emphasizes both art-making and exhibition. Gagnon will be available to visitors to discuss the works in process, and to demonstrate the handwork and thought process behind her final installations.
Yechel Gagnon’s close engagement with the textural and tactile qualities of her media serves as the foundation for her
inquiry. Projects include plywood bas-reliefs, embossed prints, frottage drawings, cast-aluminum works and largescale
architectural installations. Working in mixed-media creates a forum for cross-pollination: she employs tools and
techniques devised for unfolding, layering and excavating imagery, incorporating the multiple textures to great effect.
Often, the resulting works have a beautiful, unforced reference to the natural world, while communicating an innate
tension and dynamism. Her most recent works take her process to the next level: Gagnon uses the plywood bas-relief as a beginning point for free-form drawing directly onto the walls, elaborating the lines suggested in the sculptural work and extending them beyond the confines of the material. All at once, the wall-based objects become a nodal point of tremendous activity in the midst of fluid, gestural drawing.
Born in Longueuil in 1973, Yechel Gagnon holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree (Studio Arts) from Concordia University and an AOCAD with Honors in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her works are exhibited in galleries, art institutes, and museums in Canada, the United States, France and China. Her public artworks and exhibitions have attracted reviews by noted critics and curators. Commissions of public artworks have been awarded to her by Bishop’s University, Licorne Theatre, Jean-de- Brebeuf College and the University of Montreal, among others. She is recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Longueuil. Gagnon’s works are represented in public, corporate and private collections, including the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), 4 World Trade Center (New York), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), City of Montreal, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt Collection (Toronto), and the Gotlands Konsmuseum (Sweden).