Montreal, Canada, 2013-09-24 -
The N.D.G. maison de la culture presents from August 29th to October 20th 2013, L'écorce du temps, a solo exhibition by Alexandre Masino. The artist’s paintings border between mimesis and invention; responding to observed reality, memory and imaginative perception. For the present exhibition, the painter proposes a series of landscapes in which the versatility and the richness of encaustic painting are put forward in various works painted on panel, on mounted books and of monotypes on japenese paper.
Alexandre Masino’s paintings border between mimesis and invention; responding to observed reality, memory and imaginative perception. The transition between what is real, remembered or imagined creates a fertile territory for the artist, fully understanding that art derives from art. The journey undertaken by the artist is not only a journey through the world but beyond time. The continent that we travel is the continent of art where human history and experience are fundamental.
Masino’s approach is foremost pictorial and is deeply rooted in the constant metamorphosis inherent to the physical act of looking. A painting must offer many different realities according to the distance from which it is viewed and the ambient lighting hitting the surface. Many painters have evoked this very instant when the painting “rises”, when it “happens” and suddenly takes all its meaning. In Masino’s work this moment may only happen when one takes the time to look and place the subject in relation with the background, the light with the shadows, the image and the surface, and all these elements in relation with the complete picture.
Masino creates encaustic paintings where the richness, sensuality and versatility of the medium echo a minimal and contemplative imagery. Whether he uses landscapes, still lifes or nudes, we can relate his subject matters to some “intimate immensity”. His use of encaustic, with its physicality, impasto and transparencies, allows him to create figurative works in which the gesture, the actual act of painting, is just as important and meaningful as the depicted subject. In this regard we can feel that he is compelled by the inevitable dualism between matter and meaning that we find at the core of painting. Consequently his work focuses on this infinite moment where these realities oscillate.
Over the past twenty years, Alexandre Masino's works have been presented in more then fifty solo and group exhibitions in public and commercial galleries across Canada, the United States and Europe. Born in Montreal in 1972, he was awarded a B.F.A. with honours in Studio Art from Concordia University in 1996. His tableaux and monotypes are recognized as references in the field of encaustic painting, having been included in curated shows and publications. Masino regularly teaches at the International Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts. He has also been invited to exhibit and teach a masterclass at R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, New York. Masino’s works can be found in various public and private collections throughout North America and Europe. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition in 2014 at the Christine Klassen Gallery in Calgary.