M for Mosaic connects ancient and modern art forms

Cassandra Kerwin
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Over the next eight months, visitors will be able to experience the creative techniques of 12 Canadian mosaic artists who took this millennial European art form to the next level and brought it back across the Atlantic Ocean. The initial exhibition took place in Burgundy, France during the summer of 2021.

Artists have assembled thousands of tesserae (small pieces of specially made ceramic, glass, stone and even plastic) to create unique works that take ancient art to an innovative and contemporary level.

These pixelated works cover the walls of Villa Bagatelle, adding modern beauty and interest to the 19th century neo-Gothic cottage. The moment visitors step inside, they notice new interpretations of an ancient art form. One would have expected to see large flat panels of market scenes, with ancient Roman or Greek gods and goddesses; instead, the walls are decorated with works of various shapes, some of which almost pop out of frame.

Communion (2019) by Julie Sperling was made with various materials donated by 71 artists from around the world. The shapes represent the continental plates of the Earth.

Some of the artists created three-dimensional pieces in an attempt to imitate nature with a touch of the imagination, such as Julie Sperling’s Communion. Others have opted for a literal interpretation of life, such as A Breath of Fresh Air by Terry Nichols and Jasper Residence by Chris Sumka. Some artists have turned to the figurative, such as hard outfits such as Au fil du temps, nos 1 and 2, and La guerre des tuques by Ginette Lussier, or to the abstract route, such as GG-Gs (Arrière-Arrière-Grands- parents). ) by Erin Pankratz.

The exhibition is divided into 12 sections, one for each artist. After admiring the various works, visitors can read the information panels about the artists who made them. Canadian mosaic artists traveled to Europe to learn their craft, as this art form is rarely taught in North American art schools. Some of them are now teaching in North America. They have participated in various collective and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe.

A final section on the second floor is reserved for the experimentation area. Here visitors can learn basic mosaic techniques, play with stone tesserae at the table, or use magnetic foam pieces on a blackboard. This space is ideal for an artistic learning experience. By following the instructions, anyone can create a work of art after being inspired by the mosaics on display.

Villa Bagatelle, located at the corner of avenue James-Lemoine and chemin Saint-Louis, is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., until the end of June. During the summer, it will be open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry.

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