Exhibition

The Gallery at Victoria Hall is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring artists Caroline Benchetrit, Hubert Cachat, and John Reimann.

Exhibition: January 17 to February 15, 2019

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info: 514 989-5265

 

The Gallery at Victoria Hall is pleased to feature the work of three artists – Caroline Benchetrit, Hubert Cachat and John Reimann.  The selected works range widely from large format realism and pictographic markings to playful, almost dreamlike imagery.  Each artist’s individual aesthetic emerges forcefully from the gallery walls.

Caroline Benchetrit presents a series of brightly coloured canvases that explore an imaginative child-like world. Recurring long-legged girls with flowing red locks frolic across the canvas, arms and legs conjoining in linear rhythms against an imaginary landscape. The pointillist application of paint covers the surface in lively clusters of dots that overlay each other to create texture and a vibrating surface. Born in Casablanca Morocco, Benchetrit received an MBA and PhD from McGill but in 1996 abandoned her academic career to pursue her art practice full time.  Benchetrit is a self-taught painter, sculptor and designer. She is widely known for her “Girls” series, five of which are exhibited here. Her work – in painting, sculpture and design – has been shown in North America, Europe and Asia and forms part of many collections.

Hubert Cachat presents a series of small watercolours and larger canvases focused on the horse. The most dramatic works zoom in close to the animal’s head and body as it moves freely against a stark landscape, the body edging off the canvas such that it seems to enter the viewer’s space. The detailed rendering of the horse’s mane and facial features are accomplished and seem to endow the animal with an almost human presence. As the artist notes, “Horses have a glimmer in their eyes that suggests they are more than merely beasts. . . They have intelligence and character.” Smaller watercolours and pencil sketches are also sensitively rendered. Cachat works professionally as a pilot but has been involved in his artistic pursuits for several years which include both painting and sculpture.

John Reimann’s works are defined by a rigorously personal iconography. The white canvases are covered edge to edge with what at first seem take-offs on ancient hieroglyphics. Closer up, however, they read as a much more contemporary sign language. The artist’s unique markings, mostly black angular forms with the odd patch of colour, are more akin to emoji’s or other high-tech graphics; they convey a sense of an urban labyrinthine terrain with all its myriad signage that must be deciphered, navigated. The works thus balance between flow and congestion as we wind our way through the glyphs, diagonals and the odd phrase such as, “No circle is perfect.” The titles themselves further evoke both social awareness and angst. Reimann, better known as “Scribbles,” is most active on Instagram.

Victoria LeBlanc
Curator, The Gallery at Victoria Hall