Tiburón

© R.-M. Tremblay, 2014

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© R.-M. Tremblay, 2014

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Tiburón

Exhibition
September 12 – October 17, 2015
 * the artist will be present on Saturday, September 19 and 26, and Saturday, October 17

Opening
Saturday, September 12 at 5 pm

Artist Talk
Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 pm

Journées de la culture
the artist will be present from noon to 5 pm, Saturday, September 26

Presented in OBORO’s small gallery, the monumental yet intimate project Tiburón deals with the great white shark, in danger of extinction due to human impact. This work seeks to provoke ways of thinking about our values and fears, and their underlying reasons. The artist’s intention is not to romanticize or demonize this animal, but rather to emphasize the uniqueness, as well as the primeval and mystifying beauty of this rare species.

For over 25 years, Anne Ashton’s art practice has explored the interdependence of natural phenomena, creatures and cycles. Many of her subjects (tornadoes, spiders, skeletons) reveal a profound affection for things that are considered dangerous or lacking inherent beauty. In spite of their apparent simplicity, the resulting paintings display an array of formal, scientific and cultural references, including Surrealism, Luminism, cosmology, music, folklore and myth.

Through her art, she attempts to evoke the spectator’s own sense of connection—with the artwork and art in general, but especially with the natural world that surrounds us and to which we belong. By showing the great beauty and vulnerability of nature—and even of elements that repel and frighten us—her practice approaches more socially engaged art, especially in the current global context.

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Anne Ashton

Born in California, Anne Ashton studied visual art at San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been active in Montreal’s art community for almost thirty years. A founding member of Centre Clark, where she was also the Vice-President of the Board of Directors, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of Plein sud gallery. She has had over twenty solo exhibitions in Quebec, Canada and the United States, including at OBORO (2004), the Musée régional de Rimouski (2007) and Plein sud (2010). Her works are part of many public, corporate and private collections in Canada and the United States. A mid-career monograph, edited and published by Éditions Plein sud, appeared in 2011. Since 2009, Anne Ashton has been teaching painting to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education at McGill University. She lives and works in Longueuil.