Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Ron Loranger
Top: Washer No. 3, 2017, watercolour on paper, 10" x 14"
Bottom: Dryer No. 2, 2018, watercolour on paper, 10" x 14"

For years Toronto-based Franco-Ontarian artist Ron Loranger has been quietly and steadfastly painting what he refers to as "blobettes," a French Canadian sounding neologism for drops, drips, and indeed blobs of wet paint. His precise harnessing of the random releases just enough paint to maximize compositional power. Action painting, or the action of painting, is calculated and spare. Yet this is not image-parched minimalism: rich colour and  fortuitous abstract encounters of paint and water playfully project themselves from the stark white backdrop of watercolour paper.

Toronto's loss, Loranger's "blobettes" are up at Galerie Youn in Montréal until July 14 as part of that gallery's sixth anniversary exhibition.

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