Final show of season at Vieux Forgeron
Ourstories as women unify us; shared experiences of our most vulnerable and transformative moments in life is where we find our strength and ultimately, knowledge of the self. For Montreal artist Hollis Klein (“Between Heaven and the Blues” Vieux Forgeron Art Gallery, Stanstead – August 21-Sept 7) , experience and emotion are vividly expressed through painting, each canvas a colourful reflection of what she has lived, what she has learned. “I often use the female form, which for me represents the earth, organic, mysterious, and infinitely layered. With its undulated lines, hills and valleys, shadows and light, the feminine form becomes a road inward, leading me to explore the unknown worlds of my own unconscious.” Klein paints to “find truth, myself, and beauty”, and she has a way of drawing us in to listen and perhaps, learn.
The so called ‘Corner Gallery’ as its name implies - around the corner from the Vieux Forgeron gallery – will concurrently present the work of Lennoxville resident Dimitri Vouliouris. Vouliouris is the living example so to speak, of the passion and humanity that we also see in his primarily black and white photographs, an intriguing mix of “self-reflective” portraits and street photography from around the world.
In “The Reflective Gaze”, Vouliouris explores portraiture from the perspective of the photographer as “psychologist” taking precedence over actual skill with the camera; the ability to capture on film that brief moment that reveals to us a certain reality the subject is living. To expand further, Vouliouris maintains that the “gaze of the subject, the look she gives the camera/observer is in itself a mirror into the character of the photographer and the nature of their relationship.”
What stands out in this fourth and last exhibi-