York professor’s work on exhibit in Montreal


Above: Michel Daigneault’s Voir rouge (2002-2003) 

Michel Daigneault, professor of painting at York, has some new visions for abstraction in painting today. However, you won’t have to try to read his mind – he has put his views on paper, so to speak.

Daigneault’s work is being shown during July in a group exhibition called Summer at the Gallery, at the Galerie Christiane Chassay in Montreal. He is also participating in the group exhibition, Painting Unbound: Looking at the Nineties, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. This show runs to Sept. 7.

In both exhibitions, Daigneault says, he proposes new paradigms by insisting on the social and linguistic coding of visual signs. Questioning what constitutes abstraction today and thereby exploring how abstraction relates to larger social forces has been a core inquiry of his for many years, he notes.

Daigneault has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows across Canada, and in the United States and France. His work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec Museum, Joliette Museum and Canada Council Art Bank.

Joining York’s Faculty of Fine Arts Visual Arts Department in 2002, Daigneault held previous appointments at universities and schools of art and design in the United States, France and other parts of Canada.

Right: Pour l’oeil (2002-2003)