Sutton Quebec Was Hanging By A Thread

LA-CHUT_2008_Serge-Marchetta (installation, 13X 196cm) courtesy of Sutton GalleryMidway between drawing and sculpture, Serge Marchetta’s most recent works explore the notion of place in the act of creation.

This is an exhibition of in situ compositions that are designed with the location in mind; each work is created using coloured cotton thread. Like spider webs these threads are attached to the various surfaces of the Gallery—floor, walls, roof—allowing for endless variations.

The visitor is invited to contemplate the works from different angles and distances; in doing so, the image changes. The threads are arranged in such a way that the viewer can physically enter the work and feel enveloped by it.

Serge Marchetta left the security of a management job at Canada Post in 1993 to dedicate himself to full-time to art and finished his university studies at UQAM in 1995. He has been in more than 30 solo and group shows throughout Quebec and in the Czech Republic. He is also active in the arts community as a curator, gallery owner and member of artist associations. His work is in public and private collections.

Welcome to the exhibition opening, which will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
February 14.
The artist will do a short presentation on his work at 2:30 pm.

The Gallery is at 7 Academy in Sutton and is open from Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm
7 Academy, Sutton, Quebec, Canada, J0E 2K0
450.538.2563 • [email protected] •

The Eastern Townships are privlaged to have such contemporary artists exposing their works. An eclectic variety from modern to more classical styles is constantly coming to Sutton, Knowlton and the art galleries of the region!

Canadian Contemporary Art

New Books on Contemprary Art New Trends in Canadian and International Sculpture
Canadian Contemporary Art can refer simply to any visual art made in Canada currently or by living Canadian artists. However, it is a term that more accurately refers to Canadian visual, media, performance, video, and other artistic and/or conceptual practices that are critically and intellectually engaged and that deliberately address both a local and global context. One might further define it by the intended audience and expected venues for its exhibition and display: public galleries, art museums, artist-run centres, certain commercial galleries, etc.

Interior of the Toronto Eaton Centre showing one of Michael Snow’s best known sculptures, titled Flightstop, which depicts Canada Geese in flight.

There has been much debate over whether such a national style, philosophical outlook, or unified and cohesive culture exists or ever has existed within Canada. It is large geographically, with many distinct regions, and its population is diverse and is made up of varying national and ethnic backgrounds. Also, as traditional distinctions between “high art” and “low” and “popular” art seem to be becoming less clear, the task of locating one or even a few common characteristics of Canadian art or culture becomes difficult.

There are, however, a few notable moments when Canadian contemporary artists – as individuals or groups – have distinguished themselves through commonality, international recognition, collaboration, or zeitgeist:

The Vancouver School of Photo-Conceptualism (artists include Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, Stan Douglas, Iain Baxter)

The Royal Art Lodge (whose most famous member is Marcel Dzama, centred in Winnipeg, Manitoba)

NSCAD University or Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, where through the presence of painter Eric Fischl and other notable international visitors such as Joseph Beuys, Dan Graham and Lawrence Weiner in the 1970s a reputation was established as an innovative, radical, and theory driven incubator of new art.

The success of the career of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, who represented Canada at the 49th Venice Biennial in 2001.

The conceptually-based artistic practice of Michael Snow. See picture above.

Canadian Contemprary Art

New Trends in Canadian and International Sculpture

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