October 12, 2023

Sarah Stevenson: A Minor Catastrophe

With guest artist Holly King
Opening Saturday, October 14, 2023
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


TrépanierBaer is pleased to present Sarah Stevenson: A Minor Catastrophe. This exhibition is anchored by new and recent sculptures by Sarah Stevenson, and collaborative photographs by Sarah Stevenson and Holly King.

Sarah Stevenson uses vibrant metal wire and fabric thread to create voluminous and geometric sculptures. Stevenson transfers two-dimensional grid diagrams into three-dimensional skeletons, which are suspended from the ceiling, and in their weightlessness, spin ever so slightly as the movement of viewers circulates the air around them.  Recalling Ruth Asawa’s woven mesh works, Stevenson’s sculptures compel the viewer to circumnavigate them to comprehend their entirety. Her airy sculptures are both conceptually dense and visually delightful.

As a compliment to Sarah Stevenson’s gossamer constructions, this exhibition includes new collaborative works by Sarah Stevenson and Holly King. Holly King has been making meticulously staged images from miniature theatres, groups of small sculptures composed of plants in the foreground, paintings as a backdrop and cleverly reflected lighting, to give rise, once photographed, to large-scale landscapes through which King hopes to reveal the beautiful and sublime. The result of their joint efforts places Stevenson’s sculptures within King’s constructed landscapes, and provides the viewer with a sense of awe and wonder.

Op. Cit. Hannibal de Pencier, Sarah Stevenson: Before the Storm, Fonderie Darling, Esse, 2021
Image Credit: Sarah Stevenson, Blue Heart, 2022

Luanne Martineau at TrépanierBaer

A major new work by Luanne Martineau is on view now in our Promenade. Titled Harder Kloster, it is a meditation on time, the use of abstraction in periods of trauma and conflict… This wall-based textile is composed of a multi-panelled fabric ground, with three rectangular sections of light pink, black and olive green. A series of embroidered shapes are either stitched directly into each section, appliqued onto the surface of the fabric, or affixed to its edges. The composition recalls bands of colour on a flag, and the placement of embroidered elements is reminiscent of commemorative banners or the inherited heraldry that conveys association with a particular group or nationality…

The embroidered sections recall Hardanger lace embroidery, which is notable for its repeating square holes, a series of spaces that create a pattern for light to shine through. In the permeability of these shapes then, is also a suggestion of hope and transparency, an encouragement to look through and past existing structures and boundaries in the same way that we might peer through lace curtains to look past the confines and comforts of home to engage with the world around us. With Harder Kloster Martineau reminds us that distinct spaces, bodes and forms of making might not be as separate as they seem.

Op. Cit. Nicole Burisch, Luanne Martineau: Harder Kloster, essay, 2023
Image Credit: Luanne Martineau, Harder Kloster, 2023


Chris Flodberg in the Viewing Room
Fresh off the heals of his inaugural exhibition, TrépanierBaer is pleased to present new paintings by Chris Flodberg in our Viewing Room. He continues to explore abstraction and the myriad of possibilities it offers, with many nods to works by Surrealist painters. Many works feature geometric forms that seem to float effortlessly in ethereal spaces, or interpose themselves in minimal and abstract settings. These paintings serve as a portals for the viewer, so they may to step into the dreamlike worlds depicted on canvas and experience their hypnotic effect, visually and viscerally.

Rounding out this section are paintings from Flodberg’s Ossuaries series. As he recently noted:

I had an impulse to make a long, narrow painting of a single branch or stick.  In my mind, I wanted to find a way to bring objects I found in the landscape into the studio.  This idea led to months of searching for and collecting every stick I could find.  I started paying attention to the amazing diversity and aesthetic beauty of this particular type of found object.


Image credit: Chris Flodberg, August 27, 2023

Most of the sticks I gathered came from my neighbourhood.  I gathered them from the banks of the bow river, from construction sites, alleys, abandoned lots, and dead gardens.  I came to think of these sticks as bones.  They are the bones of dead trees, the discarded off-cuts from building projects, broken handles, and any manner of man-made objects that have been tossed in the trash.

I found that like the ancient symbol of the Fasces, a bundle of sticks made strong through their number, the sticks I was gathering gained aesthetic beauty and compositional strength by grouping and arrangement.  I didn’t want to have any kind of a back-ground or context for the still still-lifes, so I created a number of long boxes to arrange them in for the purpose of direct observation and photography.  When I finished and framed my first painting, I was instantly reminded of Hans Holbein’s The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb.  The sculptural architecture of the frame became an extension of the box the sticks rested in, much like the portico of a crypt.

Chris Flodberg, Sultana, 2022

This realization led me to think of these paintings as ossuaries, tombs, crypts, and modern representations of the Fasces.  They are reliquaries of natural and urban decay.  Seen through another lens, they remind me also of landscapes.  In my mind, romantic depictions of post-apocalyptic cities and empires….


We look forward to seeing you at the gallery this weekend.

Carol Waino: Réenchantement
October 13, 2023 – January 21, 2024
1700 La Poste
1700 Notre Dame Street W., Montréal (QC)


As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, 1700 La Poste presents an exhibition dedicated to Canadian artist Carol Wainio.

The exhibition Carol Wainio: Réenchantement highlights paintings and drawings primarily created in recent years. They explore the folktales and fables that populate our collective memory and testify to the persistence and resonance of stories through time. Linked to both grand and small narratives, they depict the threats facing future generations and evoke the hope for renewal.

Wainio’s paintings, inspired by centuries of art history, offer a pictorial language of rare beauty and an original and inventive technique that defies all conventions. In a single painting, various elements are introduced in a collage-like mix of images rendered in different styles. As we register these paintings-within-paintings, tensions establish themselves among the subjects. Motifs function like rebuses, revealing themselves through a dreamlike dialectic. *

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an introduction by Isabelle de Mevius, curator and director of 1700 La Poste; an essay by Marie-Eve Beaupré, art historian and field practitioner, as well as an interview between the artist and Jessica Bradley, curator and author.

* Isabelle de Mevius, Carol Wainio: Réechantement, exhibition catalogue, 2023
* Image credit: Carol Wainio, Le Chien et L’Ombre, 2021

Art Toronto
TrépanierBaer – Booth B13

Featuring new and recent works by:
Jen Aitken
James Carl
Alicia Henry
Luanne Martineau
Ron Moppett
Evan Penny
Ryan Sluggett
Margaux Williamson
Featuring mid 20th century works by Jack Bush and Oscar Cahén