Contrarieties & Counterpoints
Contrarieties & Counterpoints: Recent Paintings by Melanie Authier is a touring solo exhibition curated by Robert Enright. Authier's abstract paintings present a brimming jostle of pictorial oppositions that draw upon an expansive archive of expressionist and hard-edge histories. This project foregrounds Authier's recent canvases as well as works on paper, and is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue that includes an interview with Robert Enright, and essays by Sky Goodden, Sarah Milroy and Ola Wlusek.
The Thames Art Gallery is one of 7 venues across Canada. The full list of venues is as follows: Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent, Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Guelph, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal, MSVU-Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax and The Musee Regional de Rimouski.
Melanie Authier was born in 1980 in Montreal. She received a BFA from Concordia University in 2002 and completed her MFA at the University of Guelph in 2006. Authier has exhibited across Canada. Recent public group exhibitions include Builders: Canadian Biennial at The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, 2012 (catalogue); The Painting Project at Gallery UQAM, Montreal, QC, 2013 (catalogue); and Young Canadian Painters, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON (2014). Her most recent public solo exhibition Melanie Authier: Grisailles at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, 2014 will launch a catalogue this Fall 2016 with essays by Jonathan Shaughnessy (curator contemporary, National Gallery of Canada), and Marcie Bronson (curator, Rodman Hall Art Centre).
Authier’s work is in numerous national collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Carleton University Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Guelph and the Government of Foreign Affairs (most recently a feature spot in the new Canada House, London, UK).
Upcoming solo exhibitions venues include a touring exhibition curator by Robert Enright in 2016: organized and circulated by the Thames Art Gallery in partnership with Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Guelph, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Galerie de l'UQAM, MSVU-Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, and The Musee Regional de Rimouski. An accompanying exhibition catalogue will include essays by Sky Goodden, Sarah Milroy, Ola Wlusek and interviews with Robert Enrigh. Represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, Authier currently lives and works in Ottawa, ON.
press and publications
"Melanie Authier: The Wholly Trinity", interview with Robert Enright; 2015, Vol. 34, Num. 3, Fall, pp. 67-70
Canadian Art . ca
"Melanie Authier on Abstraction, Painting and Going Grey", interview with Bryne McLaughlin; 2014, March 11, online posting
"Melanie Authier: Conundruming", Border View; 2015, Vol. 34, Num. 1, p. 19
"Five Contemporary Artists to Watch: Melanie Authier", by Brian Morgan; 2013, Vol. 10, Issue 10, print