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The Festival’s posterist celebrated at the Galerie Lounge TD

Yves Archambault
Les yeux qui dansent

Montreal, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Galerie Lounge TD of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan are proud to present Les yeux qui dansent, a retrospective dedicated to posterist and artist Yves Archambault, from March 22 to May 20 2012. This exhibition celebrates 25 years of creative collaboration with an artist who has made an exceptional contribution to the visual identity of the Festival.

25 years of posters of the Festival!

This exhibition presents original works, digital and pictorial, montages, collages and sketches that have been transformed into the 25 posters Yves Archambault has created for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. It also gathers a vast number of inks and acrylics on paper and wood panels, drawings and sketches, both old and recent.

Yves Archambault

The artist has long chosen fluid media for his paintings; his favourite is ink. On paper or wood, he plays with darkness and limpidity, with a chiaroscuro that invokes the contrast between light and shadow characteristic to live venues. Having experienced the metamorphosis of graphic techniques, from analog to digital, the artist now works and creates in an endless to-and-fro between the drafting table and computer: he scans, enlarges, transforms colours, superimposes, to finally draw forth an image created of ink and pixels.

A poster is the toot of a car horn in the street, a flash of colour, a sign or signal that spontaneously elicits enthusiasm, surprise or feeling.

- Yves Archambault

Yves Archambault never had to ask himself what he would do with his life, knowing as he did that his work and career would be intimately linked to drawing. No surprise, then, that after studies in fine arts and graphic advertising, he was hired as a graphic artist by L’Équipe Spectra in 1986. Two years later, he became “artist in residence” of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, creating its official posters. He is also responsible for all drawings and designs reproduced in site décor, as well as on Festival merchandise. In 1992, he created Ste-Cat, since become the Festival’s faithful companion and good luck charm. Since the 1996 opening of the Galerie du Festival on the site, his posters have been reproduced as silkscreens, and Yves Archambault has annually imagined and created a corpus of original works for each edition of the Festival. Gifted with immense talents as a draughtsman and painter and driven by a fierce desire to explore new techniques and subjects, Yves Archambault has woven musical rhythm into the posters he has created for the Festival, giving the event an ever-evolving but nonetheless immediately recognizable visual signature for a quarter century.

The Galerie Lounge TD

Permanently installed on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, the Galerie Lounge TD, a non-profit organization, showcases the original works of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal collection, many of which the general public rarely has a chance to see. They include the creations of Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcel Barbeau, Corno, Armand Vaillancourt, Francis X. Pavy, Zïlon, Lhasa De Sela, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Frédéric Back, Miyuki Tanobe, Diane Dufresne and Yves Archambault. Limited-edition signed and numbered silkscreens are also on display, including works by Robert Lapalme and Alfred Pellan, which can be bought exclusively at the Galerie Lounge TD.

The Galerie Lounge TD also presents large-scale exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists. In summertime, the Galerie moves right out into the heart of the festivities. Furthermore, it offers precious support to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a non-profit organism, since any potential surplus generated by the Galerie is devoted to financing the free outdoor concerts presented by the event.

Your visit continues with the Bell Exhibition of the Legends of the Festival, the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse and Wednesday film screenings in the Salle Stevie Wonder… and admission is always free!

Next to the Galerie, fans can discover the Bell Exhibition of the Legends of the Festival, a little museum featuring instruments, stage clothing, trophies and personal items belonging to the greatest names in jazz who have coloured over 30 years of Festival history and contributed to its international renown: stage costumes from Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald, guitars from Jeff Beck and Ben Harper, and the legendary hat worn by Leonard Cohen… Just above that, on the 3rd floor, you’ll find the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse and its unique collection, the largest of its kind in this domain, bursting with jazz treasures, including the invaluable archives of late, lamented journalist Len Dobbin: thousands and thousands of jazz magazines, photos, and CDs, video recordings of Festival concerts, over a thousand hours of video archives… Finally, on Wednesday evenings, join us for screenings of past Festival concerts in the Salle Stevie Wonder, which adjoins the Galerie. And it’s all accessible free of charge, all year long.

Opening hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday to Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours extended until 9 p.m. during concert evenings in L’Astral

Yves Archambault

Les yeux qui dansent

From March 22 to May 20 2012

Galerie Lounge TD

Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor - 514 288-8882 - galerieloungetd.montrealjazzfest.com

Free admission

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