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"GRAVITATIONAL DOORS" EXHIBITION BY PIERRE LEICHNER

Location Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver1551, West 7th AvenueVancouver, V6J 1S1

From August 5 to September 16, artist Pierre Leichner will exhibit his art installation named "Gravitational doors"  at Le Centre culturel. His work in this mixed media presentation is an exploration of the force of gravity. His aim is to engage viewers visually and physically in the experience. The works are imaginative representations, but each one was created by directly employing the force of gravity, and some of them can be activated by gravity.  

 From August 5 to September 16, artist Pierre Leichner will exhibit his art installation named "Gravitational doors" at Le Centre culturel. My work in this mixed media presentation is an artistic exploration of the force of gravity. My aim is to engage viewers visually and physically in the experience. The works are imaginative representations, but each one was created by directly employing the force of gravity, and some of them can be activated by gravity. My works are informed by abstract expressionism, spin art, and fluid art. In the 1950s, Eugene Pera started painting on vertically mounted spinning canvases. This technique has since been adapted by a number of famous artists, including Jean Tanguely, Alfons Schilling, Annik Gendron, and more recently Damien Hirst. Fluid painting emerged in the 1930s with the Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. Abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler popularised techniques of pouring and throwing paint. 

Art and science are two sides of the same coin, namely our attempt to understand and give meaning to the world around us. I am curious about both the visible and the invisible aspects of this world. I like to use experimentation as a method for finding new techniques and aesthetics to express myself. In this project, I use a force of nature as the artist’s paintbrush. In this way, I hope that when people look at my paintings they will be inspired to live in our universe in a different way.

 

In 2011, after 35 years of clinical and academic work as a psychiatrist, I started a new career. I had received my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2007 and my Master of Fine Arts (Plastic Arts / Sculpture) at Concordia University in Montreal in 2011. Science and art share the common goal of examining fundamental aspects of human existence. Primarily, my work explores our connexion with our environment as well as our mental health. I consider myself as an interdisciplinary artist and researcher and my work often involves cultural mediation with diverse communities. I founded the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival and have been its artistic director since 2017. I am a member of the Gallery Gachet, as well as a member of the "Art Is Land" collective and a board member of the Vancouver Arts Council and the Emily Carr Alumni Association.

Find Pierre on his website www.leichner.ca | Facebook | Instagram

Opening event on Thursday, August 5th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Drinks and food will be served.

Le Centre culturel offers you an immersive audio experience with QR codes. Listen to the artist explaining his work and artistic vision. Free.