Beaulne Museum of Coaticook presents
Alena Plihal & Brigitte Dahan
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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Alena Plihal, of Czech origin, creates works saturated with color.