McClure Gallery presents

Madeleine Mayo – Rules of Mantis

Exhibition: June 3 to 23, 2022
Virtual Artist-Guided Tour: Thursday, June 2 at 5 pm
Vernissage: Thursday, June 2 at 6 pm
In-Person Art Hive with Madeleine Mayo: Saturday, June 18, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Painting as Meditation Workshop:
Sunday, May 29, 10 am to 1 pm

Connecting everyday experience with mythical imagination, strangeness and beauty, Madeleine Mayo’s artwork reveals metaphorical abstractions of reciprocal states such as childhood and maturity, secular and spiritual, fantasy and reality. Her series of paintings playfully explore the power of abstraction to provide meaningful ways to approach ambiguity and the unknown. The inherent idealism of abstraction can express, as the artist states, “a critical feminist desire to be lifted up, to move forward, to envision and want more of something felt or imagined”.

Madeleine Mayo is an interdisciplinary artist who works with painting, sculpture and installation. Her works ride the edge between abstraction and figuration expressing sensuality and an often mythical imagination. Using humour and openness, she strives to challenge moralistic biases in a playful way by imbuing a vision of uplifting imagination with contradiction and imperfection. Mayo holds a BFA in Painting from OCADU (The Ontario College of Art and Design University) and an MFA from Concordia University. She currently lives and works in Montréal, Québec.

About the Visual Arts Centre and the McClure Gallery
The Visual Arts Centre is an art school, a sought-after contemporary art venue and an outreach programme, where art is taught, made, exhibited and shared seven days a week, all year round. Founded in 1946 as a women-run ceramics collective and now in its 75th year, the Centre is a thriving cultural hub whose programmes support an essential artistic community and contribute to the intellectual and emotional well-being of individuals. The School of Art draws thousands of people annually from across the city to attend its art courses and workshops. Through its ARTreach outreach programme, the Centre continues to work with teens, seniors, at-risk populations, youth with special needs and community centres to enrich everyday lives in transformative ways.

The McClure Gallery features approximately ten exhibitions of emerging and established artists each year, along with artist lectures and guided tours, regular ‘art hives’ and other special events.

For each exhibition, an artist- or curator-guided gallery tour will be recorded and made accessible online on the McClure Gallery’s Facebook page and the Visual Art Centre’s YouTube channel. The gallery’s monthly ‘art hive’ mini-workshops, usually hosted by the exhibiting artist, are held the last Saturday of the month, in person if public health restrictions allow, and otherwise on Facebook Live.

McClure Gallery
50 Victoria Avenue, just south of Sherbrooke Street, in Westmount (QC), H3Z 2N4
Gallery opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 6 pm and Saturday from 12 to 5 pm.
514-488-9558 ext. 226

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