Galerie Simon Blais

Juneau Retro — The Geometric Years: 1955–1980

Juneau Retro — The Geometric Years: 1955–1980

Wednesday, February 29, 2012Saturday, March 31, 2012

Montreal, QC Canada

The exhibition Juneau Retro — The Geometric Years: 1955–1980 brings together an extensive selection of acrylics on canvas and gouaches on paper representative of the approach taken by Denis Juneau, an artist belonging to the second generation of the Plasticien movement. The works on view feature rhythmical, simple and precise geometric forms, bright, flat colours, an economy of means and a grid-like division of the pictorial space. In them can be seen the formal preoccupations that marked an entire era, not only in the area of the fine arts, but also in the world of design and advertising. Indeed, they are indicative of an aesthetic that is still at work in our contemporary visual universe.

Juneau Retro offers a new view of Denis Juneau’s art by spotlighting a body of work that grew out of his involvement in graphic and industrial design. Following his training in those fields in Novara, Italy from the summer of 1954 to the fall of 1956, Juneau designed a number of advertising posters, logos, and objects, as well as commercial packaging, mainly during the 1950s. Through the presentation of this little-known side of his career, the exhibition will show the influence of modern design on Juneau’s practice of painting.