Quartier Éphémère presents at the Darling Foundry two major works by Carmen Ruschiensky. Dramatically opposed in the manner of their making, in a monumental format and infused with a taste for culinary surfeit and excess, they make binary references to the world of gastronomy. One references drinking; the other eating. Buffet à volonté is the representation of an orgiastic smorgasbord. The thick application of pigment, pasty, sometimes dripping, generously defines the contours of the foodstuff with radiant colors which are smeared into the saturated painting plane. This figurative style is supplanted in Sept Jours à Paris by an innovative drip technique. Using red and white wines, both manner of execution and pure chance seize hold of the painting as an abstraction. The leftovers of a spontaneous consumption-performance during a stay in France, the wine-colors are balanced but delivered onto the virgin canvas without restraint to form an intoxicating feast for the eye. These two works are mounted on facing walls in the Foundry space. Polar opposites from the point of view of their making, they symbolize the magnitude of the freedom and risk-taking of the artist in affirming these pleasures and these disparities.
Carmen Ruschiensky has a diploma from Concordia University and has participated in a number of important exhibitions in Montréal and Canada. Last year, her work was included in a solo exhibition at Galerie B-312 in Montréal and she will participate in a group exhibition at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge in 2003. She divides her time between France and Montréal.
The artist wishes to thank the Canada Council and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for their financial support.