Friday, November 27, 2009 - 5:00am - 6:00am
Recita Hall November 27, 2009
Etienne Zack is an emerging painter living in Montreal. “Known for his wild palette and crunching of form, history and realities within the picture plane, Zack’s work explores the physical act of art making. He does so through the use or re-interpretation of fictitious possibilities and iconic symbols - specifically those of the painter as a centre piece i.e., paint, brushes, theoretical books, canvasses, and scenes from the studio. Zack’s paintings feature staged sculpture-like scenes from the artist's studio and frequently reference well known historical paintings taken up in historical and contemporary critical debates. Essentially, he constructs his imagery by thinking the artist as mythical isolated subject while rendering the tropes of art history analysis as conceptual devices.
Etienne Zack is a graduate from Emily Carr Institute in 2000 with a diploma in Fine Arts and attended Concordia University between 1996 and 1997. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions including Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway; Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England; Marina-Miranda, Madrid, Spain; Artcore Gallery, Toronto; Equinox Gallery, Vancouver; Art45, Montréal; survey exhibition at the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. His work has also been included in: East International 2004, Norwich, England; Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, United States; Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna, Austria and the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver; The Quebec Triennial in 2008. He is currently preparing a solo exhibition for the Musée d’Art Contemporain of Montréal for 2010. Etienne Zack was the winner of the RBC Painting Competition in 2005 and the Pierre-Ayot prize in 2008.
Etienne Zack’s work is collected in the United States, Europe and extensively throughout Canada by many corporate collections and many private and public institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’Art Contemporain of Montréal and Musée des Beaux Arts of Montréal. He is represented by Equinox Gallery in Vancouver and Art45 in Montréal.
attached image: Spills in Safe Environments