Jean-Michel Othoniel Motion – Emotion

Jean-Michel Othoniel Motion – Emotion

For his first solo exhibition in Canada, the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel is presenting a series of recent works on the theme of storms and the violence of the elements. His Tornadoes in chromed aluminum or mirror-polished stainless steel are suspended in space like mobiles, surrounding those who approach them. His sensitivity to the realities of the natural world can also be seen in his black ink paintings on white gold leaf. While more subdued than his earlier works created with coloured blown-glass beads, such as the Peony Knot acquired by the MMFA in 2016 and displayed in the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, they are just as marvelous.

 

Photo credit 1. Jean-Michel Othoniel (born in 1964), Black Tornado, 2017, aluminium beads, steel. Courtesy of Perrotin gallery. © Jean-Michel Othoniel / SODRAC (2018). Photo Claire Dorn
Photo credit 2. View of the exhibition Motion – Emotion. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June 20 – November 11, 2018. © Jean-Michel Othoniel / SODRAC (2018). Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

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