Beaulne Mu­seum of Coat­i­cook presents

Alena Pli­hal & Brigitte Da­han

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TheBeaulne Mu­seum of Coat­i­cook is de­lighted to pre­sent the ex­hi­bi­tion “De la fig­u­ra­tion à l’ab­strac­tion “by the artist Alena Pli­hal from the 1st of Fe­bru­ary to the 8th of March 2015. The grand open­ing will be held on Sun­day the 1st of Fe­bru­ary at 2pm. The pub­lic and the press are cor­dially in­vited.

Alena Pli­hal’s artis­tic ap­proach fo­cuses on the trans­mis­sion of spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal en­er­gies that sur­round us. Her vi­sion of re­mod­el­ing plas­tic forms be­tween ab­strac­tion and fig­u­ra­tion is stim­u­lated by the cur­rent society that con­tin­ues to evolve. It is the re­al­iza­tion of an in­ner strug­gle to es­cape the con­cil­ia­tory con­form­ity. The fig­u­ra­tive painter can tran­scend re­al­ity through its re­al­ism, and make a no­tion other than de­scrip­tive. Whereas the ab­stract painter may have erased the sug­ges­tive el­e­ments of re­al­ity with­out for­get­ting to be pre­oc­cu­pied with what is real. In both cases, one may say that the bor­der is an area of free­dom: the one of creation.

Sat­u­rated with color, her work ex­plores the in­ter­ac­tion of medi­ums within the creation of im­ages. Each shape stands out in its own space. The fig­ure and the shape rep­re­sent for her a way to en­ter into a di­a­logue with the on­looker. She trans­mits an emo­tional range in this world that she cre­ated. Thus, the im­age be­comes a book of emo­tions which the on­looker will feel the ef­fect when look­ing at her work. She would like to of­fer the viewer an un­usual ex­pe­ri­ence, a chance to open new chan­nels to her per­cep­tion and at the same time re­live her creative process.

Of Czech ori­gin and liv­ing in Que­bec for over 26 years, Alena Pli­hal re­al­ized within 8-years of her ca­reer, 17 solo ex­hi­bi­tions and par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous group ex­hi­bi­tions, sym­posia and fes­ti­vals in Canada and abroad.

Her work is in many pri­vate col­lec­tions in Que­bec, France, USA, Czech Repub­lic and Tu­nisia. Three of her cre­ations are the sub­ject of po­ems in il­lus­trated books. Alena has ben­e­fited from sev­eral pub­li­ca­tions in art mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers in Que­bec and the US. She also did in­ter­views on TV and ra­dio. Since 2013, she has de­voted her­self ex­clu­sively to paint­ing.

Atthe same time the Beaulne Mu­seum presents the ex­hi­bi­tion “ ou ement per­pétuel “ y the artist Brigitte Da­han from the 1st of Fe­bru­ary to the 8th of March 2015. The grand open­ing will be held on Sun­day the 1st of Fe­bru­ary at 2pm. The pub­lic and the press are cor­dially in­vited.

Brigitte Da­han de­tains a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in fine arts from the Univer­sity of Que­bec in Mon­treal. She has been paint­ing and tak­ing dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy for a while now. For sev­eral years, she has also been work­ing with three-di­men­sional shapes, par­tic­u­larly through ce­ramic sculp­tures. She has par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral solo and group ex­hibits in Que­bec but mostly in the East­ern Town­ships where she has her studio.

Her ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled “Per­pet­ual Mo­tion” presents thirty of her sculp­tural cre­ations and ce­ramic mu­rals, some­times in­cor­po­rat­ing wood, metal or dig­i­tal print­ing. Fig­u­ra­tive and ab­stract rep­re­sen­ta­tions min­gle in her works of art, which are also char­ac­ter­ized by a strong pres­ence in the sub­ject: shaped, tex­tured and of­ten per­fo­rated, she refers to liv­ing tis­sue (hu­man, vege­tal or min­eral) tes­ti­fy­ing on the mark of time.

From medium to life-size cre­ations, char­ac­ters, half hu­mans, half an­i­mals, half vege­tal seem to en­gage in a di­a­logue be­tween them­selves and the on­looker. Oth­ers which are more ab­stract re­fer to the trans­for­ma­tion of the ma­te­rial gen­er­ated by the pas­sage of time.

The artist’s main idea for this ex­hibit raises ques­tions about our hu­man con­di­tion, an in­di­vid­ual’s re­la­tion to­wards a group and our re­la­tion­ship with na­ture and its un­chang­ing cy­cle. Town­ships artist ations at the Beaulne.

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Brigitte Da­han

Alena Pli­hal, of Czech ori­gin, cre­ates works sat­u­rated with color.

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