ADRIAN NORVID ET MARCELA SZWARC | BEST FRIENDS FOR NEVER
From January 18 to March 2, 2024.
McBride Contemporain is pleased to present "Best Friends for Never," a duo exhibition featuring the work of Montreal-based artists Adrian Norvid and Marcela Szwarc.
Adrian Norvid's contribution to the exhibition is a new monumental drawing entitled "The Cadaver Cafe," like a depopulated noir set, possibly his bleakest work yet, but also a contender for most fascinating and compelling. The usual zany punning and overstimulating but productive visual stresses are here, alongside the more darkly apocalyptic than usual potential that, maybe all of the figures are not merely offset but off world, for one reason or another.
Szwarc's works, on both canvas and paper, combine the best aspects of art movements such as Bad Painting and Naive art with a kind of gutsy and direct primal spirituality. Their paintings depict giant, goddess-like figures, seeming to do things that are both mythic and monotonous, ambiguously sexualized, calling our attention to the figures' nudity and suggestive movements. The artist’s world proposes an animistic reality in which the supposed binary between nature and human beings is dissolved. These are highly enjoyable works, that seem to recklessly declare themselves, only to then require a good amount of thought from the viewer to understand.
- Opening on Thursday, January 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.