David Bolduc, "Abstract Painting," 2003, oil on canvas, 32" x 30".
By Shawn Van Sluys
The influence of the 1960s Plasticien movement in Montreal is an important component in David Bolduc's easel-sized paintings. His abstracted, geometric, and minimalist works combine intense colour with detailed brushwork to emphasize the visual interpretation through the tactility of the canvas. Bolduc works with a vocabulary of visual signs that have no particular order or existence in our world, but somewhere in our subconscious we intuit the significance of the markings. The artist depends on the viewer to understand the signs in an epiphanous moment of recognition. To achieve this, the paintings are meant to hang in intimate places in the home rather than on the walls of a museum. Bolduc has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally since the 1960s and his work is held in major collections across Canada. An exhibition of his work will be held at the Giordano Gallery in Edmonton from May 24 to the end of June, 2003.