Francoise Sullivan, Blind Scribble No.2, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 in.
Tribute to Sullivan
December 11, 2014 | Jerome Delgado - Collaborator | Visual Arts
She danced, sculpted, painted, and continued to paint almost 90 years. Wednesday, Sullivan received praise from an entire community at the 3rd Gala of visual arts. After a break of one year, the event to celebrate the best of creation in Quebec revived through a first collaboration between the Association of contemporary art galleries, artists' grouping in visual arts and Consolidation the artist-run centers in Quebec.
Many accolades, including the 1987 Borduas prices and in 2003 a retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Sullivan boarded the train of modern art while he put on. She just turned 23 years old when Publication Refus global(1948), aesthetic and social unrest which it is one of the 16 signatories.
With her work danced it enters the automatiste movement of the time. Her first choreographic work as Dance in the Snow(1947), are considered the building blocks of Quebec modern dance.
" Dance is a reflex, a spontaneous expression of emotion keenly felt , " she says in " The dance and hope " , Conference made history when it was published in Refus global. " [must not ] afraid to go as far as necessary in the exploration of the whole person " , even one that claims to oppose the only expression of the legs.
In 1950 and 1960, the sculpture she indulges, guided by Armand Vaillancourt and Louis Archambault. In the 1970s, she turned to conceptual art that combines performance, architecture and photography.
Since the 1980s, painting is her favorite medium. Her signature is carried by strong accents of monochrome. Galerie Simon Blais is currently exhibiting her latest production, the 2014 tables that drive tension between form, gesture, color and limits the frame.
Wednesday's tribute was also delivered by Simon Blais, and by Louise Déry, director of the Galerie de l'UQAM, associated with the artist especially during Seasons Sullivan (2007), long project designed to time of Dancing in the snow. The both of them emphasized the ardor of her creation, as evoking the " vibration " of her paintings as her commitment " to the idea that [painting] to be lived."
Married the painter Paterson Ewen (1925-2002), mother four times, Sullivan has also worked in education at Concordia University until the early 2000s.
The gala was also the occasion to award the scholarship career Jean-Paul Riopelle. It is the artist Diane Landry of Quebec, known for its kinetic installations magical hues, that was received.