May 3, 2012

TrépanierBaer Presents Luanne Martineau

Exhibition opens Thursday May 10 from 6 to 8 pm in the company of the artist and runs through to Saturday, June 9, 2012

TrépanierBaer is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent work by Luanne Martineau.

Luanne Martineau’s works are witty and sad, beautiful and grotesque, savy and simple, smart but also kind of dumb. They are vulnerable but also defiant. The pathos inscribed in their very fabric evokes empathy, but their brutal corporality is unsettling. Martineau’s historical fictions are not an easy read, but they are undeniably satisfying.

Lesley Johnstone, Luanne Martineau catalogue, 2010, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, p. 46

My work has been my own historical fiction. Luanne Martineau

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1970, Martineau studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before transferring to the Alberta College of Art +Design, where she received her Fine Art Diploma in 1993. She completed her MFA at the University of British Columbia in 1995.

In addition to her solo exhibition at TrépanierBaer Gallery, Martineau’s works will be included in numerous group exhibitions in North America this summer including Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts; Freedom of Assembly at Oakville Galleries in Oakville, Ontario; and The Shape of Things at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art in Toronto, Ontario. In 2010 Lesley Johnstone curated a solo exhibition of Martineau’s work for the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; this exhibition travelled to Rodman Hall Arts Centre and to the Art Gallery of Windsor. Her work figures in private and public collections across North America, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, to name a few. Luanne Martineau currently lives and works in Montréal, Québec where she is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Concordia University.