ARTspace presents Karen Bourassa

Untitled painting by Karen Bourassa that is already exhibited at ARTspace. Photo ARTspace.

ARTspace is proud to announce a new exhibition The Process of Spontaneity by local artist Karen Bourassa. It opens Thursday, March 8 at 7pm.

Bourassa’s paintings begin intuitively. She allows brushwork and coloured paint to accumulate on the surface of the canvas and develops a rich ground, many times working over old canvas, obliterating and reconstructing with all manner of pictorial material,  repeated motifs, curvilinear lines, and organic shapes. Bourassa purposefully maintains contact with the painting, testing the limits of how much pattern, style and texture might be contained in a single painting. Her artwork addresses Modernism practically as a process of essentialism. To work from the outside in. To take away until you arrive at the substance that you’re interested in. To throw the thrust of the painting onto its meaning or truth.

Karen Bourassa graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Sociology. She is a visual arts teacher at Chatham-Kent Secondary School and exhibiting member of ARTspace.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 8 at 7pm at ARTspace.  The artist will be present to speak about her work. The exhibition will be on display from March 7 to April 14, 2012. Admission is always free. Come join us and enjoy free snacks and punch.

ARTspace is open Tuesday through Saturday 12pm – 5pm and is located at 165 ½ King  Street West in Historic Downtown Chatham.

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