Montreal artist Kai McCall is as versed in art as he is in words. His figurative paintings are marked by myriad influences that dance and weave through his oeuvre. Literary, mythical, musical and classical, are but some of the many references that tease the viewer, already captivated by the visual narrative that is at the root of his production.

There is something disturbing, however, in McCall’s pastel-toned landscapes and figures. The shapes are not quite right, neither are the features, and before long the viewer is desperately seeking some thread to guide the eye and the mind. No such luck, and therein lies the wicked pleasure of looking at these paintings, that odd itchy feeling of liking something that is not really that likeable, but what the heck!

In his latest exhibition (and it’s been a while) the enigmatic models appear in theatrical settings, or in empty rooms, further confusing the reading of the compositions. In these unusual portraits, the poses seem to say little but by now it does not really matter, for once in McCall’s outré universe we are in a parallel dimension where logic and judgement must be suspended. Have fun!

 
Kai McCall
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

May 13th to June 4th, 2015
The opening is Wednesday May 13th, from 5 - 8pm.

 
Galerie LeRoyer
2170 Mountain St
Montreal, QC
514 419-2194
www.galerieleroyer.com(lien externe)

www.kaimccall.com(lien externe)

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Bridging The Gap, 2015
Oil on canvas
167.64 x 116.84 cm

 
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Plausible Illusions, 2014
Oil on canvas
147.32 x 91.44 cm

 
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Late Night Reconciliation, 2015
Oil on canvas
182.88 x 137.16 cm

 
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Time Made A Fool Out Of Me, 2015
Oil on canvas
147.32 x 91.44 cm