Exhibition Dates: May 16th to June 9th, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16th, 2019, 6pm – 9pm
Both artists will be in attendance
RSVP: [email protected]
Location: Thompson Landry Gallery, Stone Distillery Gallery, 32 Distillery Lane, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3C4 Website: www.thompsonlandry.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm, or by appointment
Interview: To set up an interview with Amélie Desjardins or SylT, please contact Joanne Thompson at [email protected] or call the gallery at 416-364-4955
From May 16th to June 9th, Thompson Landry Gallery presents “Ephemeral Passage,” a duo exhibition by Montréal artists Amélie Desjardins and SylT, featuring new works that explore nature and femininity in their own unique styles. Both artists examine how we interact and interpret the world around us in all its beauty and complexity. They achieve this through both concept and by taking elements from the natural realm and affixing them on, or within, their artistic supports – thereby manipulating nature and turning it into works of art.
The contrasting visual languages of SylT and Amélie Desjardins will be brought together in “Ephemeral Passage.” In this exhibition, these two artists are united by common inspirations: the natural world and its physical presence as well as the impermanent essence of the relationship between humans and their surroundings.
Amélie Desjardins transports the viewer to the border between dream and reality. Her works encapsulate the departure from our everyday world to a world of poetry and enchantment. Alternatively, SylT finds his motivation from the beauty of the natural world and its feminine psyche by combining the tangible and digital worlds.
From a tree, to a shipwreck, to artwork, the creative process of Amélie Desjardins encompasses a complete life cycle. Desjardins is a nomad and in order to find the materials she has used over the course of her 15-year art career, she has travelled the world by train, motorbike and sailboat all the while seeking out lost treasures. From these vestiges of bridges and boats, Desjardins juxtaposes poetic images onto her reclaimed structures. It is the artist’s wavering between the need for adventure and the longing to be rooted to a community that inspires her life, her work and her inherent understanding that both desires are symbiotic, and ultimately necessitate each other. Desjardins consciously emphasizes the accumulation of scars, fossils, and memories through both the passage of time and the omnipresence of nature. Inspired by a recent journey to Asia and the Pacific Islands, the presence of water and the ocean is more prominent than ever before in this, Desjardins’ latest body of work. This specific projection of artworks act as a symbolic invitation to dive into the transitory, yet infinite, passages of nature and the ocean.
In contrast to Desjardins’ method, SylT's process begins in the digital realm and ends with the artist’s careful hand. Within this process, SylT transforms his images into hypnotic, ephemeral portraiture.
A print designer by day, SylT is also an autodidact painter who explores colour, texture and beauty through his vibrant collaged portraiture. Sylt creates arresting, mixed media portraits that demand the viewers’ attention, employing an array of digital applications to add motion and depth to his portraits. Then, taking a more traditional artistic approach to his work, he uses acrylic, aerosol paints and natural materials - such as tree bark, stones and feathers - and collaging techniques, to alter and enhance the physical and visual properties of his works.
There are two imperative halves to SylT’s creative process. The artist begins by finding and photographing natural forms, shapes, textures and colours that catch his eye. He then selects a striking female to be his muse, either a strong contemporary woman, a fashion icon or a remarkable historical figure. Sylt then combines all this into what can be posited as a true modern spin on the genre of portraiture.
“Ephemeral Passage” is an exhibition that promises to evoke strong emotions and challenge conceptions of the natural world through the two distinct points of view of these dynamic contemporary artists. We hope you join us for what will be a truly special spring showcase.