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Equinox Vernissage by Yvan Genest
2017-09-14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Equinox is the moment of the year, at the beginning of spring and fall, when day and night have the same length, everywhere in the world.
For Yvan Genest, equinox is also an inner change of season, the happening of autumn in his life as a painter.
« I just left the summer of my art, for whom I had left, a long time ago, the spring of my art », says now the artist who paints for more than 30 years and whose works are part of numerous private and public international collections.
The Equinox Serie is peopled with characters in mutation, who adapt their rhythms to their own inner changes of season. Sometimes the painter has added, close to theirs, the head of a beloved one, or, still, their « other » head, the one that sleeps and dreams, unconscious. Wires are drawn from their bodies, like leaves fall from their trees to get mixed with the earth, regenerate and feed others.
These characters, the painter has observed them from the windows of the cafés in the hip Montreal area where he now lives.
« These people erupt in my paintings like graffitis. They never stop. They come and go and carry with them their emotions and words, leaving a wake of feelings and ideas. That’s what I paint. »
To those passerby, the painter has added some sketches he was jealously keeping for many years.
« I entrust them to these people, as if I was putting a drawing pad under their arms, to carry it away from the painting, the equinox, up to the next season of my life. »