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Dominique Gaucher, Delta (2012), oil on canvas

Dominique Gaucher, Delta (2012), oil on canvas [Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 5-14}


Dominique Gaucher: Hybris Nemesis

Douglas Udell Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 4-15

Dominique Gaucher, Paint Scape

Dominique Gaucher, Paint Scape (2010), oil on canvas
[Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 5-14}

For his current exhibition of paintings, sculpture/installations, works on paper and video, Dominique Gaucher has drawn on two Greek words that speak of extreme pride (hybris) and its regulatory adversary (nemesis). In this instance, the dialectic relates to humankind’s ongoing game of chicken with the natural environment, a condition that greets us every time a heat record is broken or an earthquake upsets a nuclear power plant in Japan.

But these are extreme examples. In this show, Gaucher has chosen a more subtle form of engagement. In his Sisyphe series of smaller (14- by 14-inch) oil paintings, realistically rendered figures explore the abstracted landscape of what looks to be the inside of a cave. “Outside” these works hang a number of larger, more forbidding landscapes that, in their aggressive rendering, display more structural signs of “cultural modification.”

The largest installation is Plantation (2014), a 10- by 15-foot elevated floor sculpture that features a “forest” of over 60,000 matchsticks and one of the wallworks is an even more impressive 35- by 15-feet.

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Dominique Gaucher, Cliff

Dominique Gaucher, Cliff (2012), oil on canvas [Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 5-14}


Dominique Gaucher, Vague
Dominique Gaucher, Vague (2012), oil on canvas [Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 5-14}



 Wed, Oct 1, 2014