Gallery Anthony Curtis
Marie-Josée_Roy: Enfin

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Marie-Josée Roy: Enfin / At Last
Sponsored by Québec Delegation in Boston

Boston—August 15th—2007 Gallery Anthony Curtis is pleased to announces its upcoming exhibition: “Marie-Josée Roy: Enfin”. Hailing from Quebec, Marie-Josée Roy is an exceptional figure in the vibrant Montreal art scene and a strong force in the attention-grabbing art movement that was first underground and is now steering mainstream. This art movement has been pushed forward by a new generation of emerging young artists exemplified by Marie-Josée Roy, who expands on her European heritage and breaks both new ideological and technological grounds to establish a new Quebecois identity. Marie-Josée Roy has exhibited widely in Canada. “Enfin” is her US debut that establishes a new beginning for both the artist and our gallery. Marie-Josée Roy is the first of several contemporary artists invited by Gallery Anthony Curtis (GAC) in an exhibition series that introduces Quebecois art to Boston. GAC would like to thank the Délégation du Québec à Boston, which has been an enthusiastic supporter and sponsor of this endeavor.

As a multi-disciplinary artist, Marie-Josée Roy creates both paintings and sculptures. To understand Marie-Josée Roy’s work, one needs to understand metal, the only medium she works with. Marie-Josée Roy has always been fascinated by the formidable nature of metal: its cold tonality and hard texture. As an artist, her ambitious mission is to breathe life into metal. Through welding, engraving, etching, inking and image transferal, her protagonists emerge from the surface of the metal, as if they were always imprisoned underneath and are now simply being set free. For inspiration, Marie-Josée looks into her own life and the lives of the people close to her. She uses herself, her lover, friends and family members as models and she superimposes the bodies, limbs, and eyes with nostalgic photographs, often taken in their childhood. Conceptually, Marie-Josée Roy examines perhaps one of most complex question we face: what make us the way we are. Appearing urbanely sophisticated but unclothed, the bodies she creates are often covered with a skin of iconographic images of the Romantic and Renaissance periods that symbolize the personal histories engraved in us. These histories may be positive or negative. Viewing her work, one cannot help but wonder: is the body, just freed from the lifeless metal by the artist, trapped again by its past? Or conversely, is the body armored by the experience and protected from the fear symbolized by insects? Is there an inner struggle when the body attempts to move forward, suggested by a hint of discomfort in the elongated limbs? Or is the body simply overwhelmed by a new sense of empowerment? In her sculptural work, these bodies finally stride out of the 2D surface and come into a full life by gaining a third dimension. They stand, gaze and stroll in Giacometti’s silhouette. They reach out and embrace each other. They desire. They fall in love. They get their hearts broken. Like most of us, Marie-Josée Roy’s sculptural figures live with their past, their anticipation in the future and a full spectrum of emotions. The exhibition “Enfin” is about coming of age and invokes in the viewers a sense of self-realization. The artist tells her version of the story regarding our perplexing existence. It’s up the viewers who decide how the story should be read and what the story is really about.

The exhibition will be on view from September 5 – October 6 at Gallery Anthony Curtis, 186 South Street, Boston, MA 02111. An artists’ reception will be held on September 7th 5-8 pm.

Quebec Cultural Delegation of Boston