Carrie Perreault: The silence between two thoughts

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drawing #23 and drawing #34, 2020. Mixed media on Stonehenge, 15 x 22 inches.

Carrie Perreault
The silence between two thoughts

The Corner Gallery at the Mews
September 16 — 26, 2021

The silence between two thoughts is an exhibition of drawings and sculptures that use material inquiry to reframe childhood trauma into a state of investigation. In Perreault’s drawings, there is a playfulness in the shapes brought forward with the often-bright use of colour but not at a cost to their sensitivity. The floating forms that sit centered on the page conjure up almost recognizable architectural elements. Her sculptural works are of plaster infills of HVAC duct registers, transitions and connectors. The casts are unpolished and imperfect—the rawness of the finishing and the softness of the muted colours alludes to a domestic space that is unbuilt.

Perreault’s practice involves a mode of creation—embodied disassociation at times—that sits between emotional immediacy and a process of gathering what has been lost. Using repetition and the multiple as a meditative mechanism provides grounding. The groupings of objects help to fend off ideas of scarcity and provide manageable space for frightening experiences.

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drawing #16 and drawing #21, 2020. Mixed media on Stonehenge, 15 x 22 inches.

Carrie Perreault’s recent exhibitions and projects include Pacing the House, UWAG, Waterloo and period of adjustment, Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines. In 2019, she published period of adjustment, a poster/pamphlet with essays by Sky Gooden and Lucy R. Lippard, and The Artist Cookbook Vol. 1, featuring 52 artist’s favourite recipes, with Vol. 2 set for release in Fall 2021. Perreault won the Best of Art Fair, 2021, at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and has received grants from the OAC, TAC, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She also serves as a member of the York South-Western Tenant Union.

Thursday — Sunday
1 — 6
Or by appointment

The Corner Gallery at the Mews
408 Delaware Ave.
Toronto, ON M6H 2T9

There are two steps to enter the gallery and there is no ramp access.

289-687-1000 (call or text)

carrieperreault.com
@carrie_perreault

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drawing #37 and drawing #38, 2020. Mixed media on Stonehenge, 15 x 22 inches.

Image Descriptions:
1. Two drawings sit side-by-side on white paper. The drawings float in the centre of the page. Left: A horizontal irregular pink rectangle with horizontal red lines that run through it except for the center outlined in yellow. There is a blue vertical rectangular shape on the right with a yellow and small pink rectangle vertically inserted. This blue section is outlined along the right and bottom with a dark green/ gray marking. Right: The dominant shape of the drawing is a fairly flat rectangle outlined in pink lines and filled in with oranges, mauves, dark mustards. On the bottom left side of the primary shape, many very close bright yellow lines come down vertically and follow along the rectangle’s base for almost half its length.

2. Two drawings sit side-by-side on white paper. The drawings float in the centre of the page. Left: This drawing is primarily composed of four rectangles stacked vertically in two rows—the rectangles on the bottom are arched. The rectangles on the left are soft yellows smudged with some green and gray, and the rectangles on the right are various shades of gray with a green line between them. Right: The dominant shape of the drawing is a black rectangle at a forty-five-degree angle. Below the black rectangle’s bottom is a smuggle of pink, yellow and gray. Rising from the upper corner of the black rectangle is a pink vertical line, and extended from it is a slight yellow horizontal smudge.

3. Two drawings sit side-by-side on white paper. The drawings float in the centre of the page. Left: There are two soft yellow rectangular shapes and above the one on the left side is a thin pink rectangle, and above the one on the right is are two pink rectangles stacked. In the foreground, there are two bright green semi-circles outlined in blue with a cutaway in the center. A jagged gray line moves from vertically across the drawing. Right: There are four irregular squares on the left – two on the top, two on the bottom. The furthest left is bright olive green with a smear of yellow with an arched line of red across it. The square below is gray. The square shape beside it (on the bottom) is only outlined in black. Above it is a green square with a band of black. On the right side, there is an outline of an orange square and rectangle stacked.