April Happy Hours
A discussion with artists Ileana Hernandez & Lionel-Réal Guibord
Thursday, April 11, starting at 5 p.m.
Join us for our double-feature April edition of the Happy Hours! On the menu, the launch of Les ponts [Bridges], Ileana Hernandez’s ongoing installation in L’Écrin, as well as a presentation by Lionel-Réal Guibord on his continuing long-term project in our studio.
Presented as part of the Montreal Printed Art Festival, Les ponts was inspired by the Mexican tradition of hand-painted signs called rotulos. With this project, Ileana Hernandez proposes to use L’Écrin to create a bridge between L’imprimerie and Saint-Catherine Street ). L’Écrin’s storefront thus becomes a giant flat screen TV that, through an interplay of reflection—mirrors and camouflage, opaqueness and transparency, appearances and disappearances—, transforms a private space into a public one. Visible by day, but also by night, certain elements of the installation are revealed whereas others remain hidden depending on the time of day.
Ileana will be occupying L’Écrin from April 1st to June 30, 2019.
Some people spend their retirement down south, others prefer spending it in the studio. After leaving his “professional life” that artist Lionel-Réal Guibord started a several-years-long project. Fascinated by the field and stories around stamp collecting, Guibord started work on a body of 300 pieces that together integrate a total of around 3000 stamps. Combining many styles and techniques, this series, which started out using mostly acrylics and mixed media, has now grown to incorporate more and more printed art elements.
Bring drinks and a dish to share if you feel like it. Kids welcome!