Evergon + Jean-Jacques Ringuette
Begun by the duo during a period in which Evergon was housebound, the work by the Chromogenic Curmudgeons (Evergon + Jean-Jacques Ringuette) is painterly in both form and content, as the series of still lifes/landscapes, volcanos and Rorschach’s create psychological spaces that serve as portraits of both the artists and of the viewers.
‘’For years I spent my creative time globe trotting in search of Ramboys, Cruizing Grounds and/or Homo-Baroque/Rococo productions in the Polaroid studios of New York, Boston and Frankfurt.
Three years ago my body failed me. I became ill and with this I was confined to my home/studio i.e. housebound.
But in an act of defiance and remembrance, I started to work in tandem with Jean-Jacques Ringuette, my long-time collaborator. From memorabilia, we produced a series of photo/paintings of still-lifes/landscapes titled Two Old Friends Play Chess.
We danced around each other, we parried, we counter-charged, we trumped each other as queen fiends – no time for a king. It was a courtship of physicality, equality, creativity, and good fun.
Our creative process is well beyond a simple collaboration: our works would not exist without the contribution of the both of us.”
– Evergon, Summer 2017
Evergon (b. 1946, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada) lives and works in Montréal. He holds an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his work has been the subject of numerous major solo exhibitions. His work is found in private and public collections in Canada, the United States and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, The Photographer’s Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Princeton Collection, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Jean-Jacques Ringuette (b. 1961, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada) is a Montréal-based photographer whose work has been shown throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. He holds an MFA in Photography from Concordia University and his work is found in numerous private collections, as well as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Evergon and Ringuette have been working together since 2015 under the name Chromogenic Curmudgeons (Celluloso Evergonni and Gigi Angeletti) and their work was first shown at Galerie Trois Points in Montréal in 2016.
WITH EVERGON + JEAN-JACQUES RINGUETTE: THE CHROMOGENIC CURMUDGEONS
December 22, 2017