PROJET PANGÉE is pleased to present André Ethier + Jasmine Reimer. In this eponymous exhibition, Ethier and Reimer's works come together both as theatrical spaces and as a play on otherworldly forms. Symbolic imagery joins the everyday experience to interlude between inside and outside: body and cavity; the grotesque and beauty.
André Ethier paints mythical images of psychological landscapes where tropical scenes come from dreams, and creatures become either self-examination or reflection, particularly around themes like parenthood. In one painting, a dog-like creature appears to snuggle a baby with care, but upon looking twice we see the creature is actually giving birth in a pet shop. Moments of beauty and tenderness like these spark throughout the works. Ethier paints with heavily thinned oils producing watercolour- like scenes submerged in the greasy, wet, sticky and runny characteristics of oil paint. This technique permits an outstanding luminosity and optical depth, which is also underlined by Ethier's dexterity and confident brushwork. By examining personal and internal views of himself and his family life, Ethier constructs narratives that become rich and layered shared experiences.
Jasmine Reimer explores the sensual, corporeal experience of the everyday. She combines found objects and visceral materials to explore the ‘primitive’ body; a state of being that situates the body outside of normative language and within an incoherent, embodied experience. Her interests reside within the traditional grotesque (including the grotesque body, exaggeration and ornamentation), fetish objects and intuition, transformation, fluidity, ritual and the female body. Through her practice, she aims to re-assert the value of embodied experience. She selects objects based upon their inherent ability to seduce and her capability to infinitely increase its power as a thing of fetish, symbol, sentience and persuasion. To degrade an object is to create an opportunity to deal with its intricacies, to know a thing only as you know yourself. For Reimer, creating a peculiar alien status through perversion or corruption is of utmost importance. Meaning is re-ordered, sometimes eradicated and re-invented, language is overcome by the silent unknown of embodied experience.