If all this is too wordy, forgive me. Belmore and Ashton are artists that do not mince words, or rather images, in their narrative, and neither should the writer. They present their respective stands in beauty and craftsmanship, and it’s up to the viewer to respond in kind.

For her guest solo at OBORO, Belmore takes her past works as the starting point, making Somewhere Else something of an archive-cum-performance art, a compilation of notions and research she has been involved in throughout her career. Born in Upsala, in 1960, she is a member of the Lac Seul First Nation at Frenchman’s Head, Ontario, and her art is as much a reflection of her roots, as it is a battle cry for Indigenous culture in general.

Ashton, born in San Diego, California, dives head first into nature’s spectacular, as well as the most minute, phenomena, recreating them on canvas after canvas of exquisite rendition, and invariably, breathtaking beauty. Whether it’s tiny insects in all their marvellous, colourful diversity; flowers... ditto, or water funnels and tornados, her small and large format painting are striking. In Tiburón, she takes on the case of the white shark, a magnificent creature, and, like so many others, on the brink of extinction due to human activity. It comes alive in her canvases, in all its primordial glory.

Both Ashton and Belmore are impressively true to their inner vision and moral conviction, making viewing their creative output a particularly enriching experience.

REBECCA BELMORE + ANNE ASHTON

OBORO
Rue Berri, Montréal, QC
514 844-3250
www.oboro.net/en(lien externe)

September 12 until October 17, 2015

NB:
Anne Ashton’s Artist Talk: Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 pm
Rebecca Belmore’s Commented Visit: Saturday, October 17 at 2 pm

 


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Anne Ashton

 
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Rebecca Belmore

 
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Anne Ashton
Tiburón