Ian Gamache at Galerie D, Montréal, 2012. (Photo: Pierre Blackburn)
The frowning characterizations of the everyman depicted in the drawings of Ian Gamache consistently engage our sense of malaise and general discontent. The shared hopelessness that resides in the debility displayed draws on the complete range of empathy from humorous to heart wrenching. The artist’s memory archives maintain a strong sense of style derived from years of steady study and obsessive practice.
Ian Gamache, Drought, mixed media, 2011.
Gamache meditates on the poetry of the searching line. The repetition of gesture serves as a reminder that real life is not made up of entirely smooth surfaces. Our journey as humans is primed with overlapping experiences that we hope to bind together into something that floats.
2011 was the year of Gamache. Ian has begun to receive recognition beyond the normal expectations of a visual artist. Follow his heavily attended Facebook fan page to get a clear picture of the phenomena. It’s been exciting to watch his well deserved fan base build so rapidly. In many ways, 2012 serves as a new beginning for Ian Gamache. He’s holding a bright torch and this solo exhibit feels like the first step in a very long run.
Ian Gamache, Early Days (detail), mixed media, 2011.
26 January – 22 February 2012