This is quite an eclectic presentation, showcasing the diverse talents of ten contemporary artists: Trudy Benson, Annie Descôteaux, Brian Hunter, Corina Kennedy, Chris Kline,Shawn Kuruneru, Leopold Plotek, Emily Shanahan, Russell Tyler and AmberaWellmann. Curator Benjamin Klein had his work cut out for him, arranging, visually choreographing such a versatile collection, and he did an excellent job. The works, as varied as they are in both style and medium, dialogue across the exhibition space, while at the same time offering an individual aesthetic when viewed separately.
All the artists in this show have established careers and well-honed techniques, whether it bein pop art or abstraction, or what is often called non-objective painting. The works by Tyler and Kline best exemplify this style, where a modern approach to art is infused with a distinct personal message.
Those like Plotek or Wellmann are at the other end of the pictorial spectrum, their works reaching for the figurative, and, you guessed it, image-based compositions.
In one corner of the gallery, three works seem to be engaged in a private conversation, and there is great elegance to the placing of the pieces, which include a video, a 3-D work and painting.
Reigning over this colourful miscellany, right in the middle of the gallery, is Descôteaux's installation-cum-assemblage creating a brilliant centre point.

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Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran
1892 rue Payette
Montreal, QC
galerieantoineertaskiran.com
June 15 to August 12, 2017