Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Yechel Gagnon. This is Gagnon's Western Canadian debut.
For Yechel Gagnon, plywood contains an enormous potential as an artistic medium. Fascinated by the composite nature of the material, she believes it holds many possibilities, many secrets in its multiple layers. Similar to a sculptor who chooses a specific block of marble to carve, Gagnon is guided by the make-up of each piece of plywood. Using routers, sanders, chisel knives and grinders, she strives to unravel the existing information within the wood.
Gary Michael Dault writes this is The Globe and Mail: "What, in the end, gives Yechel Gagnon's works its power is her respect – indeed her veneration – for her material."
Gagnon likens the marks she cuts into the wood to the ones made with a brush. Each work is a meditative reflection that often suggests landscapes, oneiric spaces or topographical maps. Within these different realms, the image making flows from occidental tradition to Chinese landscape painting. Some elements are more literal than others but the final perception is always different for each viewer depending on their own predisposition. Similar to the layering of the plywood, the final product contains different levels of interpretation and the utilitarian material disappears in favor of a work of art.
Yechel Gagnon completed a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Concordia University after receiving an AOCAD with Honours in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design.She exhibits her work in commercial galleries, artist run centres and museums across Canada and already has two major publications to her name. Her work has received reviews in the Globe & Mail, Canadian Art, Vie des Arts, Espace magazine and Circa International magazine.Gagnon has also received grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Gagnon's work is widely collected and is part of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Osler Hoskins &Harcourt collection, Le Centre-d'art de Baie-St-Paul and in other high profile corporate and private collections.