Saturday, November 26, 2005

Stuff Seen - Pierre Gauvreau



Now this was a very pleasant surprise. For those of you who know me, you know how I feel about government sponsored art. And Loto Quebec's "Espace Creation" is like the mostest in government sponsored art. It was 5 o'clock on a Friday night and we didn't have high hopes for the building being open, nor did we think we'd be able to find parking. But lo and behold, the building was open (EC keeps regular gallery hours) and parking was right there in front. So we walked in.

Now the art itself wasn't anything mind blowing (we didn't get to blow our minds at all last week). But what made the exhibit so wonderful was that besides the de-rigeur paintings by the aforementioned M. Gauvreau, they had also installed a whack of ephemera about his life (some of the TV shows he made, his typewriter, his copy of the Refus Global, etc). OK, so this is what you come to expect with a historical/sociological retrospective. Still it is nice to see in a place that is not on the "A" list. The what made it super spectacular, and took it to the next level (I don't give out A+'s willy-nilly) was that in the back room, right beside some paintings by M. Gauvreau were pieces that he owned, or had been made by his wife or kids. Now, that gave me a big smile.

And then on top of it, in the handy dandy flyer that goes along with the exhibit, there ain't but one tiny, itty-bitty mention of who the curator of the show is. The whole taken together, it just made my day. Posted by Picasa

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