The latter’s series of paintings, titled Mammalia, is wilfully derivative of a number of classical and contemporary styles, while placing a variety of animals, from cats to otters, centre-stage in a pantheon of ‘animal selfies’. The execution is spot on, the facial expressions of the models wonderfully stoic, and the underlying commentary impossible to ignore. Puffing on a cigarette or bobbing on water with a beach toy, while staring earnestly into the invisible camera, the creatures in Caines’ portraits are a gentle takeoff on our self-consumed society. Caines has exhibited his work in numerous public, artist run and commercial galleries in Canada and the United States.

MacDonald’s works are a tad more difficult to place; unbearably cutesy, both in the choice of medium and style of execution, her shimmering porcelain figurines of fawns and unicorns belong to some odd, slightly warped, children's fantasy. Dreamy-eyed, they are posed in glowing environments, dioramas at once playful and foreboding, as we question the message these iconic, mythic beings convey. In this, her latest series titled Lux, the artist is ostensibly parodying «the kitsch and fantastical elements of traditional paintings», and by replacing the personages with porcelain versions – thus giving them a three-dimensional presence – she has imbued her subject matter with an entirely other energy. MacDonald, an emerging artist with a BFA from OCAD University (2013), held her first solo exhibition, Up in the Clouds, focusing on her acrylic on canvas paintings, in 2014. She continues to exhibit her work in Toronto and Montreal.

 
Michael Caines: Mammalia
Megan MacDonald: Lux

January 31 to February 22, 2015

 
Galerie Youn
5226 Saint-Laurent Blvd. (corner of Fairmount)
Montreal
514.270.8588
www.GalerieYoun.com(lien externe)

www.michael-caines.com(lien externe)
www.meganellenmacdonald.com(lien externe)

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Michael Caines
Untitled (cat smoking)

 
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Michael Caines
Untitled (otter)

 
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Megan MacDonald
Weiner

 
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Megan MacDonald
Sea Legs