Lorène Bourgeois: A Party of Sorts / Large Drawings


Gallery model, Lorène Bourgeois

Lorène Bourgeois
A Party of Sorts / Large Drawings

January 18 – January 30, 2020

Cedar Ridge Gallery
225 Confederation Drive
Toronto, Ontario

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 19, 1-3 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cedar Ridge Gallery presents: A Party of Sorts /Large Drawings, a solo exhibition by Canadian artist Lorène Bourgeois.

Please join us for the opening reception on Sunday, January 19 at 1 p.m. The artist will be in attendance. Light refreshments. Parking and admission are free. All are welcome.


Profondeurs, 2019, Conté on paper, each panel, 102 cm x 108 cm, photography: Peter Legris.

In A Party of Sorts / Large Drawings, Toronto artist Lorène Bourgeois presents an exhibition of large-scale representations of humans and animals.

Like a gathering of unexpected “guests,” humans and animals depicted in these works are positioned in the once domestic spaces of Cedar Ridge, both to engage visitors, and to allow conversations between animals and humans to blossom in all directions.

“As an artist, I have a long history of looking for sources in public archives and museums, but my artwork also evolves from contacts with the world around me, and from such diverse places as a swimming pool, a war museum, or an agricultural fair. My way of being a contemporary artist is by comparing the world as I find it with the particular histories and cultural influences that have shaped me on this continent and in France, where I grew up.

Facing a world that is increasingly chaotic or precarious, I do not wish to construct literal interpretations, but to express something of the awe and the anxiety that I feel.

I am interested in clothing for its social and utilitarian functions and as a protective envelope that can endow its wearer with authority and status, while also containing the body and head in ways that may be restraining and sometimes absurd.

My drawings also reflect daily encounters with humans and animals whose appearance and gestures often intrigue me and move me. I see surprising connections between humans and animals, and between states of dress and nakedness, that extend beyond emotional or anthropomorphic considerations.

I wish to create drawings reflecting not only the unique physical appearances of my subjects, but also their dignity and the singular gravity they seem to project.”

Born in France, Lorène Bourgeois studied in Paris, Philadelphia and Halifax. A Fulbright recipient, she holds an MFA from NSCAD University. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada as well as in France, Korea, Russia and the United States. Her work is held in numerous collections, including Canada Council Art Bank, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Department of Foreign Affairs, National Bank of Canada, Richmond Hill Public Library, Medicine Hat College, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Ernst and Young, Hart House and the Donovan Collection.

Lorène Bourgeois gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Cedar Ridge Gallery
225 Confederation Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M1G 1B2

Free admission and free parking

The Gallery is Partially Accessible (ramp access to gallery, narrowest entry is 29″ wide.)

Karen Harkins, Cultural Outreach Officer, 416-396-4026

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