Charles Gagnon: Observations

21 Jan 2000 - 14 May 2000

Though Charles Gagnon is known primarily for his painting, his assemblages and his films, photography has always been an important aspect of his art. The first exhibition devoted exclusively to this artist's photographs, Charles Gagnon: Observations brings together an impressive body of images selected from his work over three decades. Gagnon ignores chronological order, sequencing his photographs of ambiguous and fragmented urban spaces with complex, strongly contrasting textures. Striking in its austerity and purity, this exhibition takes an intimate look at the symbolic, and even metaphysical, aspects of the urban North American landscape. Says Gagnon, "Art is not a means of communication. Rather, it is a form of communion." Exhibition organized and circulated by the Musée du Québec.