Solo Show: Share, 21/5/15 -20/6/15 at Galerie Graff, Montréal
Through this new production, Véronique Savard reflects on social media’s specific language. After having re-contextualized in her painting emails from spams, texts found on online dating sites and links to pornographic websites, she now focuses on the ubiquitous “interactive” words of the digital culture. By displacing unto the canvas these commonplace online expressions (Like, Share, Comment), she highlights the gradual loss of their collective meaning (affection, communication, the exchange of ideas), thereby pointing out the limitations of our online interactions with others, as well as the normalizing effect social media has on our own identity. In this new series, Savard’s imposing and densely-colored hard-edge paintings undergo a further breaking down of their composition that go beyond the horizontal and vertical rastering effects of previous works. Indeed by at once multiplying and amplifying the obstruction of text by the pictorial structures or vice-versa, Véronique Savard paints a thoroughly insightful portrait of the precarious supremacy of digital culture. (Payer and Forcier, 2015)
The creation of some works that have been presented in this exhibition was made possible through the financial support of the Quebec Council for Arts and Letters.