And before you know it, you're one...with some of the wackiest, brutal, in-your-gut images you can, well, imagine. Or may not want to.

Born in Israel in 1951, now living and working in Montreal, this is an artist with a lot of baggage, and all of it good when it comes to artistic expression, if not so comfy in psychological terms.

Then again, think of the 60s, the un­com­pro­mising yet benevolent stance of the gestalt of the day, and you will have found a key to some of Erban's powerful imagery. Uncompromising, and intimate all at once, these drawings are a manifesto of sorts, a call to rebellion as much personal and as it is universal.
And all executed in free flowing line drawings, creating at times grotesque storyboards that seduce as much as they repel.

To see dozens of Erban's works exhibited in one space is a dizzying experience, and not to be missed. The social commentary is explicit, the depiction of the human condition visceral.

Galerie Robert Poulin has a penchant for Art Brut, and Erban is as good as you can get. It is, however, somewhat of a misnomer in the case of this artist. For while his work certainly carries the signature of the so-called 'outsider art' - unrestrained, unencumbered, 'childlike'- its intellectual message trumps the visual, and the combination is explosive.

Total Erban
Galerie Robert Poulin
6341 St. Laurent Blvd
Montreal
May 18 to June 27, 2016

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Image

Daniel Erban
Meeting of the Minds
Oil on canvas, 2000
96 cm x 148 cm

Poulet frais
Mixed media on paper, 2005
70 cm x 100 cm

Da Big Tit
Mixed media on carton, 2004
152 cm x 102 cm

The Disenchanted Civil Servant
Mixed media on paper, 2005
152 cm x 102 cm

Unconscious Patterns In Soap Opera
Mixed media on papier, 2006
78 cm x 98 cm