#Toulon, Galerie du Canon: in search of artistic freedom!

Jean-François Lacalmontie, Sisyphe, 2013, acrylique, fusain, huile et collages sur toile, 195 x 130 cm © Camille Bonnefoi

Jean-François Lacalmontie, Epiderme 1, 2017, fusain et huile sur toile, 46 x 38 cm © Geneviève Loizeau

Michèle Desterac, Très baroco tout baraka, 2013, huile sur toile, 146 x 114 cm © Alberto Ricci

Marie-Claude Bugeaud, Été, 2018, huile et papiers sur toile, 190 x 150 cm © Marie-Claude Bugeaud

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Jean-François Lacalmontie, Sisyphe, 2013, acrylique, fusain, huile et collages sur toile, 195 x 130 cm © Camille Bonnefoi
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Jean-François Lacalmontie, Epiderme 1, 2017, fusain et huile sur toile, 46 x 38 cm © Geneviève Loizeau
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Michèle Desterac, Très baroco tout baraka, 2013, huile sur toile, 146 x 114 cm © Alberto Ricci
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Marie-Claude Bugeaud, Été, 2018, huile et papiers sur toile, 190 x 150 cm © Marie-Claude Bugeaud

Bright colours, aerial forms and expressive gestures: this tripartism qualifies the new exhibition offered by the Galerie du Canon. An exhibition that contrasts with the previous one, where the works of Klavdij Sluban and Aliska Lahusen brought monumentality and calm. AppointedThree Freethe works of Marie-Claude Bugeaud, Michèle Destarac and Jean-François Lacalmontie carry in triumph colour, movement, dynamism and an abstract style that sends them to buried mirages. A title that has not been given at random because, as Gilles Altiéri, curator of the exhibition, explains, “these three artists have an obvious freedom, whether in their work or the titles they give to their works”. To confront them in this immaculate space, where light filters through the canopies, is interesting because it makes it possible to bring out their singular invoices. Everyone has this way of bringing out emotion through an asserted abstraction, a suggested formal trace, whose subtle evidence penetrates our imagination.

Marie-Claude Bugeaud is an artist with an important career path. She has exhibited in many galleries and art centres. His painting is very free, as much in its conception as in its gestures. A style inspired by Henri Matisse with bold colours, collages, light gestures. But beyond these formal aspects, it is a deep trace that can be found in his work. The worked backgrounds and collages of silhouettes evoke American minimalists. Do a lot with little, evoke emotions in restricted and suggestive tones.

Michèle Destarac is also an internationally renowned artist who has exhibited in many galleries and fairs such as FIAC. His dynamic painting is to be compared to American expressionists and members of the painting action. The dynamic, colorful brushstrokes and the thickness of the material show a false chaos of a fight where the medium defeats the white canvas. It delimits a surface on the canvas that a few splinters and stains overflow. This balance between flatness and plastic volume, between immobility of the support and freedom of movement gives Michèle Destarac’s works spaces for successful experimentation.

Jean-François Lacalmontie is an artist whose works seem mysterious. Suggesting Magritte, surrealism but borrowing the repetition of forms from the artists of Supports/Surfaces, his work is distinct from those of these two female colleagues. More reserved, his painting calls for introspection and visits the dreamlike thoughts of each person. His enigmatic traces are guided by a sure and mastered hand, and he offers sets of images that telescoped, floral and human forms, emptied of their singularity, of what makes them identifiable. Playing on different planes of the canvas, playing with the supports, and differentiating the textures, he creates a delicate trompe-l’oeil, allowing us to enter the ideal space with intimacy.

 

Until 29 November 2018

Three Free

Canon Gallery

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Nocturne the first Thursday of the month until 9:30 pm.

Marlène Pegliasco

Graduate of a Master in Art History and living in Toulon, I created the blog Art In Var (www.artinvar.fr) to share with my readers, the rich artistic news of this beautiful department. This passion...

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