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Melanie Authier : Contrarieties & Counterpoints / Contrarietes et contrepoints (Bilingual) (Paperback)
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This first monograph on the work of an exceptional Canadian artist accompanies a nationally touring exhibition. Melanie Authier’s paintings are a heady rush of free-form improvisation that draw upon an expansive archive of expressionist and hard-edge histories within the lineage of Harold Town, Jack Bush and Joan Mitchell. Elegantly morphing and layering shapes, lines and textures, she creates a deep visual space that bridges abstraction and representation to offer improbable environments that generate new insights and pleasures upon sustained viewing. Authier’s practice is a perpetual play between chaos and control, the synthetic and the organic, the technological and the natural, flatness and depth, the atmospheric and the geological. These heterogeneous forces co-exist in a dynamic exchange that stretches referential limits, resulting in works that are disjunctive yet convincing. With dense compositions and lush, saturated colors Authier inverts formal hierarchies and blurs the lines between abstraction and representation. In English and French.
Number of Pages: 75
Publisher: ABC Art Books Canada Distribution
Author: Robert Enright & Sky Goodden & Sarah Milroy & Ola Wlusek
Street Date: November 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-52-7460
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