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September 23 - December 24, 2017
Le Labo is a project dedicated to creation, exploration, experimentation and reflection in contemporary art jewellery.
Le Labo is the result of a request by students of the École de joaillerie de Montréal, who had taken part in workshops I presented there. The goal of the project is to develop approaches in conceptual, aesthetic and visual research in order to open up new creative avenues. I called it Le Labo to illustrate the “laboratory” aspect of the experience, both for the participants and for myself.
Le Labo takes place over two years, with small groups meeting on a monthly basis. The first year is devoted to the exploration of materials, experimentation and reflection on the nature of the discipline. During these meetings, participants create objects or jewellery on a theme, idea or concept, or from materials that inspire or present particular constraints. The goal of these workshops is to break any routines related to research and production by using traditional or unusual materials to explore new possibilities. In the second year, the goal is to develop a collection, which may take the form of individual pieces or a limited edition, through a process of questioning the choice of materials, expressive intention, symbolic value, or degree of refinement. These young artists have, for the most part, received excellent technical training; Le Labo offers them an opportunity to carry out research, something that is often lacking due to the demands of the college program.
Le Labo has allowed many of the participants to gain an understanding of contemporary jewellery and to identify the creative and expressive potential of this field. In order to expand their knowledge, during or following Le Labo, a number of participants signed up for workshops in creativity and experimentation, led by international artists who had been invited to exhibit their work at my gallery. These workshops were organized jointly with the École de joaillerie de Montréal. Still other participants pursued their studies by attending university or by doing internships in international schools specializing in contemporary jewellery.
Over the years, this project has led to encounters, reflection, and animated and stimulating discussion about the field of contemporary jewellery. It has also drawn young artists from the Montréal area, as well as from Québec City and Abitibi-Témiscamingue, who were interested in taking part in this experience. These monthly gatherings created a feeling of belonging to a new and vibrant community. Before long, the work produced during the workshops was showing up frequently on social media and on specialized websites. In just a few years, this new generation has made its mark on the national and international scene, with the artists taking part in exhibitions in Québec, Canada, the US, Europe and Asia, and winning prestigious prizes, in addition to making valuable professional and artistic contacts.
This exhibition features work produced during the Le Labo project.
– Noel Guyomarc’h, Owner, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h – Bijoux et objets contemporains
Noel Guyomarc’h has been active in the field of jewellery for over 25 years. In 1996, he opened his own gallery dedicated to promoting national and international contemporary jewellery. He has organized or curated over 100 solo and group exhibitions, some of which have traveled throughout Canada, Europe and the US. A member of a number of international associations, Guyomarc’h is regularly invited to sit on juries and to lecture, and has recently acted as an appraiser for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Le Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec among others. Since 2002, he has been a board member of the Montréal Jewellery School and served as president from 2006 to 2012. His work in the field of contemporary jewellery has received international recognition while his activities have been the subject of numerous articles. In 2014, he curated an exhibition with Diane Charbonneau, curator of decorative arts at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. A review has been published in the museum magazine. Since 2010, he organizes creative workshops for young emerging artists in Montreal and Quebec city.
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Marie-Maude Brunet, Emilie Dell’Aniello, Gabrielle Desmarais, Catherine Granche, Annie Loiseau, Katia Martel, Isabelle Métivier, Lidia Raymond, Anne-Marie Rébillard, Karine Rodrigue, Nazanin Rostami, Véronique Roy, Marianne Séguin, Catherine Sheedy, Magali Thibault Gobeil, and Émilie Trudel