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Lost and Found Ideas (I See You)
2016
48 x 30 x 16 inches
Spray paint, canvas, plaster, silicone, bronzed mirror, pins, plywood, acrylic

Jennifer Lefort’s abstract paintings practice garnered her the prestigious Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award in 2005. In recent years she has shown her work in several solo and group shows in Canada and internationally. Of significant note are solo presentations at the New York and Basel VOLTA fairs, a temporary public artwork commission for the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides as well as solo exhibitions with Patrick Mikhail Gallery and at the Galerie UQO in Gatineau. Following a recently completed artist residency in Los Angeles, Lefort also has an upcoming exhibition in that city in 2017. Born in Montreal, artist currently lives in Gatineau.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT: 

My work explores contrast, space and the use of colour through abstract painting and sculpture. I use these elements to explore the coexistence and codependence of formalism and expressionism, color field and pattern, space within space, structure and disorder, and accidents and intuition in abstraction. These contrasting qualities take us to a place of comfort and strangeness, beauty and disorder. Over time, a visual vocabulary has developed in the work and this lexicon of shapes, symbols and signs collectively help to construct each piece. Used throughout a body of work, these visual cues serve to create familiarity in a terrain that is otherwise unnameable. Combined, the dialogue between of all theses visual elements weaves a kind of abstract narrative in the image or sculpture. The open-ended potential of abstraction towards meaning, narrative and the imaginary is what keeps me searching for new outcomes.

EDUCATION
M.F.A. York University, Toronto, On, Canada 2006
B.F.A. with distinction, Concordia University, Montreal, Qc, Canada 2002


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2017 (Untitled), PES Limited, curators Corinne Bernard & Chelsea McCarthy, Los Angeles, CA,USA
2016 The Anecdotal and The Abstract (after L.A.)Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Qc CAN
2016 Le nouvel atelier, Galerie UQO, Curator Marie-Hélène Leblanc, Gatineau, Qc,CAN
2015 Solo presentation PMG@ VOLTA BASEL, Basel, Switzerland
2015 Proposition pour monument potentiel, Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, St-Jérôme, Qc, CAN
2015 Dire Oui, Patrick Mikhail Galery, Montreal Qc, CAN
2015 Chromdose, GNO, curator Cheryl Rondeau, Sudbury, On, CAN
2014 Full Spectrum (duo with Dominique Pétrin), OPTICA, Montreal, Qc,CAN
2014 Lefort, solo presentation PMG@ VOLTA NY, New York, NY, USA
2014 Repères abstraits, Espace Odysée Mdcl Gatineau, Gatineau, Qc, CAN
2013 R+Y+B if ever there was, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, On, CAN
2013 Balise (en couleur) Beacon (in colour),Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2012 Lefort, solo presentation PL@ ART TORONTO, Toronto, On, CAN
2010 Make-Believe, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2007 After Berlin, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2006 Spots & Fabulisms, Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, On, CAN
2006 Pretend You’re Here, Galerie Trois Points, Montreal, Qc,CAN
2004 Juicy, Galerie Trois Points, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2004 The Systematic Arrangement of Pretty, SKOL Centre des arts actuels, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2003 Titillation, Maison de la culture NDG, Montreal, Qc, CAN


GROUPE EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
2015 How’s it going?, P.E.S. Limited, Avenue of the Americas project space, New York, USA
2014 Preview, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, On, CAN
2014 Ten years of Plaskett, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Bc, CAN
2013 La jeune peinture et ses collectionneurs, curated by Réal Lussier, Plein Sud, Long.Qc, CAN
2012 New work, the BUNKER, Parisian Laundry , Montreal, Qc, CAN
2012 Abstraction in Canada, curator Otino Corsano (online), LLP
2012 Mois de la culture, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2012 Spill, The Drake, curator Mia Nielson Toronto, On, CAN
2011 Between the Cracks (picturing the fourth dimension), curator David Elliott , Oboro, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2011 State Of The Art, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, On, CAN
2010 Beyond/In Western New York, Castellani Art Museum/Albright-Knox, Buffalo NY, USA
2010 Summertime in Paris, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2008 The first five years, Emily Carr Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, Bc, CAN
2007 Introducing, Bjornson Kajiwara, Vancouver, Bc, CAN
2007 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition (TOURING), Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto; Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton; MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ont.; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Emily Carr Institute Art + Design, Vancouver BC, CAN
2006 Summertime in Paris, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc , CAN
2006 CollectArt: La collection, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2005 Small Comets: A New Class of Interplanetary Bodies Confirmed,64 Steps Contemporary Art, Toronto, On, CAN
2005 Chromopholie, Gallerie Trois Points, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2002 Tribute to Yves Gaucher, Leaonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Qc, CAN


RESIDENCIES
2016 P.E.Z. Limited invitational residency, Los Angeles, USA
2006-7 Joseph Plaskett self-led residency, Paris + Berlin, EU


TALKS-PANELS
2016 Artist talk, Université du Québec en Outaouais , Galerie UQO
2015 Panel, PAINTING THE PRIZE; Awards and Consequences, Musé d’art contemporain, Montreal, Qc
2014 Painting Position Place, Emily Carr
2013 CANFAR panel discussion, National Gallery of Canada
2013 RBC painting competition panel discussion, NGC+Axeneo7
2013 Artist talk, Carleton University Art Gallery
2011 Artist talk, Patrick Mikhail Gallery
2010 Artist talk, Parisian Laundry
2010 Artist talk, Concordia University


CURATING AND COLLABORATIONS
2013 Painting Perspectives, CURATOR, artists include: Kristine Moran, Carol Wainio, Jeanie Riddle, Janet Werner, Jinny Yu, AXENEO7, Gatineau Qc, CAN
2013 Northern Scene, COLLABORATOR with AXENEO7, SAW gallery and National Arts Center Ottawa, On, CAN
2013 Sakahan, CURATOR-COLLABORATOR with National Gallery of Canada and AXENEO7, CAN
2012 AmourAnarchie (LoveAnarchy), Assistant to CURATOR, artist include: Jean-Luc Verna, Diane Borsato, Mathier Beauséjour, Nicolaj Dudek, Manon de Boer, CAN


MEDIA-PRESS
2017 Seeing is forgetting with host Jason Bailer Losh, podcast, July 2016
2016 Téléjournal Ottawa-Gatineau, Interview with Emilie Tremblay, January 17
2016 Ici Radio-Canada Première, Interview with Anne Michaud, January 14
2015 Border Crossings, James D. Campbell, Mai 2015, vol 34
2014 The Wall Street Journal, Friday March 7 2014, Art-fair survival guide, D2
2014 Canadian Art, Bill Clarke, http://www.canadianart.ca/features/2014/03/12/nyc-armory-fairs-report-2014/
2014 L’art autrement, Agnès Gaudet, Le journal de Montréal, April 19, 2014, p.12
2014 An art-fair survival guide, Kelly Crow, The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2014, D3
2013 La jeune peinture te ses collectionneurs, Réal Lussier, Les Édition Plein Sud (catalogue)
2013 L’art et la vie, Fondation HMR (catalogue)
2013 Tricks of light, James D. Campbell, Magenta Mag, 2013
2013 La jeune peinture et ses collectionneurs, Réal Lussier & Hélène Poirier, Plein Sud (catalogue)
2013 New light at Parisian Laundry, Rachel Levine, Cult Montréal, Jan. 16, 2013
2011 Jennifer Lefort Abstraction feintes, Christian Roy , Vie Des Arts vol 222, p98
2010 Beyond/In Western New York: Alternating Currents, Louis Grachos, John Massier, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, (catalogue)
2010 2010 Schooldesks and Motherhood, Stacey de Wolfe, Mirror, October 14 ,2010
2008 The First Five Years, Joseph Plaskett Award Foundation, (catalogue)
2008 RBC Canadian Painting Competition 10 Years, Laurel MacMillan, Friesens, (catalogue)
2007 After Berlin-Jennifer Lefort, Jeanie Riddle, Meredith Carruthers, Parisian Laundry, (catalogue)
2007 Each work a new la-la land, Christine Redfern, Montreal Gazette, November10
2007 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Leah Sandals, Royal Bank of Canada, (catalogue)
2006 Yay Paris, Christine Redfern, Montreal Mirror, August 8
2006 Le vent dans les toiles, Nicolas Mavrikakis, VOIR, August 24
2006 Jennifer Lefort: Pretend You’re Here, James D. Campbell, Modern Painters ,May , p119
2006 On maps, birds and a rising star’s solo show, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, April 8, pR16
2005 Toronto painting student wins rich art prize, The Globe and Mai, December 8
2005 Abstract artist wins $25,000 travel grant, CBC Arts News Online, December 7, www. cbc.ca
2005 Small Comets, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, September 3, pR9
2005 Des généalogies qui parlent, Bernard Lamarche, Le Devoir, April 16-17
2004 En Forme, Lyne Crevier, Ici, March 4-10, p30
2002 A fitting Tribute, Henry Lehmann, The Gazette, July 20, pI3


PRIX-AWARDS
2015 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, research and production grant
2015 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, bourse de déplacement
2015 Canada Council for the Arts, travel grant
2014 OAC, exhibition assistance grant
2014 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, bourse de déplacement
2014 Canada Council for the Arts, travel grant,
2012 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, research and production grant
2009 Canada Council for the Arts, creation grant
2007 Finalist -- RBC Painting Competition
2005 Winner--Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award


COLLECTIONS (selected)
Abbott Laboratories Lmt.
Aldo Group Inc.
BMO
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Global Affairs Canada
City of Ottawa
Concordia University
CollectArt
Hydro-Quebec
Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec
RBC Dexia Collection UK
Schulich School of Business
Stephen R. Pile Architects Inc.
Private collections, Canada, USA, Switzerland, Germany..