Cynthia Girard is a visual artist and a poet based in Montreal. In January 2010, Dunlop Art Gallery invited Cynthia to explore the Folk and Modernist Art from our permanent collection and to create new work in response to what she finds in a one-week residency. The artist also explored other private and permanent collections in both Regina and Saskatoon. The Black Glove and the Peacock is the final result of Cynthia’s new body of work. This work will be juxtaposed and hung alongside the influential works from the Dunlop collection and other collections that inspired her narrative during the residency, including the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon and the private collections of Dr. Neil Devitt and David Thauberger. The seven artists represented alongside Cynthia include Stanley Brunst, Ann Harbuz, Roland Keevil, William McCarger, Fred Moulding, Sam Spencer and Jan Wyers.
Cynthia’s new work includes six new large 5 x 6 foot paintings with colour-field backgrounds, and several smaller paintings. The artist has also created a giant black glove sculpture made from paper suspended vertically in the air by a leg of a simple chair laying its side – this is the centerpiece of the exhibition and acts like a prop. Other hanging paper sculptures include a sun clock, a pair of woman's legs, a table, and two flying doughnuts. All of these objects are derived from William McCarger’s small watercolour and gouache drawing on paper in the permanent collection, entitled Untitled (Morning After The Night Before), n.d. The artist will perform at the opening reception wearing a peacock costume and read aloud poetry that she has recently written. Dunlop Art Gallery is pleased to be working with an artist who will bring our permanent collection to life and provide a new narrative and perspective on it for our audiences!
Cynthia’s recent solo exhibitions include: Tous les oiseaux sont ici at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien(Berlin) and La secte de la souris volante at Oboro(Montréal). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as Anthem (Carleton University Gallery Walter Phillips Gallery, 2007-2008), La triennale québécoise MACM 2008. In 2008-2009 she was artist in residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, which was awarded by Le condeil des arts et des letters de Quebec, and in 2005-6, she was artist in residence at the CAC studio for visual artists in London, U.K. She has published several collections of poems, including Le soleil et l’électron at Triptyque in 2005.
Cynthia Girard, The Black Glove and the Peacock (Installation View), 2010.