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Sylvain Bouthillette

Dharma Bum

November 11 to December 23, 2006

Curator _ Bernard Lamarche

Since 1987, Montréal artist Sylvain Bouthillette has been developing a highly distinctive corpus of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and graphics. Initially inspired by the American “Bad Painting” movement and borrowing from popular punk imagery, his work has since opened onto spiritual considerations stemming from the active practice of Buddhism. While retaining the “trash” look, it distills punk rock into a singular form of spirituality. In an otherwise shapeless world, a fascinating bestiary prompts awareness of the surrounding flow of energy that the artist seeks to make palpable in the works' materiality. Coproduced by EXPRESSION and the Musée régional de Rimouski, this exhibition curated by Bernard Lamarche and accompanied by a publication surveys a prolific creator in mid-career.

Opening Saturday, november 11 at 3 pm.
Presentation by Sylvain Bouthillette and Bernard Lamarche Wednesday, november 22 at 7 pm.