This project consists of a series of creations that are based on reflection and criticism on the requirement of performance within the North American culture. A true paradox, performance is essential for survival while achieving increasingly demanding objectives leads to physical and mental suffering that causes exhaustion, disease and suicide. These creations want to confront this notion of performance which is seen as a straight path that we must absolutely realize the progress without failing and proposing another way of seeing it. Life is not a linear sequence, but a series of accidents, oppositions, fortuitous events and sudden encounters.
The pictorial language used here explores these notions of performance and translates these concepts in several ways. First, the use of lyrical abstraction in conflict with the very regular geometric shapes evokes the duality and the violent opposition of the paradox of performance. Marks, sometimes subtle sometimes strong, evoke paths traveled and some to go and travel. The duality of black and white also expresses this paradox of performance while the tones and variations of grey express a place of transition, a passage, a way to adapt. The colors and splashes of paint are a translation of the suffering experienced by humans, and the physicality and presence of the body which cannot be ignored. The interaction between forms and colors speak of contradictory impulses that cause explosions and implosions. This is the result of landscapes with paradoxical forms, with borders which are defined as well as denied. This process allows the discovery of new visual effects using gravity and by altering the substantial characteristics of paint. Various materials are used: acrylic paint, spray paint, pencil crayons and acrylic markers, ink and collage.
Born in New Brunswick, Sylvie Adams has mostly lived in Montreal since 1980. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Concordia and a Master’s Degree in Applied Science (architecture) at the University of Montreal. For nearly 15 years, she has made a career in the field of design but her passion for visual arts inspired her to return to painting. She has her own studio in Montreal where she paints. Her creations have been exhibited in both private and public galleries. She has also participated in many national and international collective exhibits in Quebec, in Ontario and particularly at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, in the United States, in Europe and in Asia. Her work was also exhibited in numerous international fairs of contemporary art in London, Miami, New-York, Seoul and Stockholm.
The grand opening will be held on Sunday the 20th of November at 2 p.m.