Somewhere beneath the surface of her paintings, Laurence Pilon secretly records histories. Her interests include the effects of humankind and time onto the world, in particular, its wear. Vacillating between abstraction and figuration, her works are the outcome of an experimental process whereby investigations and accidents leave their traces on compositions in which each fragment is carefully considered. Through an accumulation of dissimilar motifs, shifting colors, and forms at first unknowable, places and things emerge. Environments that we believe represented could as well be natural or constructed. In all cases, they are subjected to the work of time. A calculated indetermination leaves us in doubt: are those spaces from the past or from the future? Deserted or intimate? By sustaining uncertainty, Laurence Pilon forces us to take a critical look at convictions of modernity. Her paintings appear to us as polluted, dusty, but nonetheless captivating. References to traditions, art history, conventions, and contemporary problems, are associated to form an equivocal image. This engages us in an archeology from which familiar histories are uncovered.
Born in Montreal, Laurence Pilon lives and works in Guelph, Ontario. She is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Guelph and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts from Concordia University, which she obtained with great distinction in 2015.
2018-20 - MFA in Studio Arts, University of Guelph, Guelph (ON)
2015 - BFA in Studio Arts, Great distinction, Concordia University, Montreal (QC)
GRANTS AND DISTINCTION
- University Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph
- Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Guelph
- Dean’s Material Bursary, University of Guelph
- Young Volunteers grant, Emploi-Quebec
- Betty Goodwin Prize in Studio Arts, Concordia University
- Lise-Helene Larin Award, Concordia University
- Cecil Buller et John J.A. Murphy Scholarship, Concordia University
- Faculty of Fine Arts Development Fund Bursary, Concordia University
- Faculty of Fine Arts Development Fund Scholarship, Concordia University
+ Solo Exhibitions
- Spongieuses, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montreal, (QC)
- It Once Was a Garden, McClure Gallery, Montreal, (QC)
- Comme si de rien n’était, Ymuno Exhibitions, Montreal, QC.
+ Group Exhibitions
- New Energy, Boarding House Gallery, Guelph (ON)
- Coetus Floerus, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montreal (QC)
- Laboratoire Peinture, curator: Benjamin Klein, Deux Poissons Gallery, Montreal (QC)
- Grâce au dessin, part 1, curator: Jason McKechnie, Nan Rae Gallery, Burbank, CA, USA
- Grâce au dessin, part 2, curator: Jason McKechnie, Art Mûr, Montreal (QC)
- Deçà Delà, with Rosamunde Bordo, Ymuno Exhibitions, Montreal (QC)
- Settling the Ghost, Standard Projects, curator: Kate Mothes, Hortonville, WI, USA
- Matières en suspens, POPOP Gallery, Montreal (QC)
- Figurative Reflections, VAV Gallery, Montreal (QC)
- Off Kilter, Espace Fibre, Art Matters Festival, Montreal (QC)
- Endroits / Passages, Galerie Onze, curator: Leopold Plotek, Montreal (QC)
- ImPressEd, Atelier-Galerie Alain Piroir, Montreal (QC)
- COMBINE 2014, FOFA Gallery, Montreal (QC)
- Art and Other Organisms, VAV Gallery, Montreal (QC)
+ Press and Publications
- CHARRON, Marie-Ève (2018). «Prometteuse Laurence Pilon à la Galerie Nicolas Robert», Le Devoir, [Online], published December 22, https://bit.ly/2GigX3Y.
- ENGLAND, Sarah Nicole (2018). «It Once Was a Garden de Laurence Pilon, vernissage le jeudi 3 mai à 18h à la galerie McClure», Réseau Art Actuel, [Online], published May 3, https://bit.ly/2Uqqj2u.