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SEPTEMBER 12 - OCTOBER 22, 2008
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 13, 2008 6 - 8 PM

JACQUES LOUIS VIDAL: I MAKE MY OWN LUCK

PAUL WADDELL: YOU KNOW YOU'RE RIGHT

untitled 1994

JACQUES LOUIS VIDAL

LAMONTAGNE GALLERY is pleased to open the fall season with a new exhibition of work by Jacques Louis Vidal in the main gallery and Paul Waddell in the project room. The exhibit opens on September 13th and remains on view through October 14th.

Vidal's current body of work deals with resiliency of an idea or object, as the most important part of its success. The artist mines the wells of superstition; pulling from a culture of gambling, romance, and entrepreneurship. Through the obsessive collecting and collaging, together of images, Vidal illustrates the humorous and heroic attempts to connect to the world around us through sturdy objects and works on paper.

It has been said that “if artists Mike Kelley, Bill Traylor and Kiki Smith were to have a love child it might be Jacques Louis Vidal.” Like those artists, Vidal's work has many of the characteristics of folk art – a rejection of academic technique, a preference for centralized or all-over compositions, and a prioritization of the local rather than the general. Vidal’s use of folk idioms has very little to do with the populist and wholesome values that underpin the majority of the work, which usually bears that name.Vidal’s work is a complex intermingling of "wayward forms and subjects" treated with both reverence and skepticism.

Jacques Louis Vidal (b. 1982) received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he received numerous awards including the Museum School Student Annual Painting/Drawing Prize (2002), the Stephen D. Paine Scholarship (2000-2004), and the Katherine Lane Weems Merit Scholarship (2000-2004). Vidal is currently an MFA candidate at the Yale University School of Art.

Paul Waddell's project room installation, You Know You're Right, Waddell creates dense groupings of paintings of varied style and size. These paintings generate provocative and obscure relationships through the relentlessness of the artist's layered installation. The juxtaposition of formal figurative works alongside thickly applied crude text paintings conjur up playfully unnerving questions.

Paul Waddell received his 5th year diploma from the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he produced many performance events with "Test" and "Contaminate". Recently reviewed in Art Papers, Waddell also just completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and currently instructs at Idyllwild Arts Academy (CA).

Founded in 2007, LaMontagne Gallery is a 2,300 square foot exhibition space located in South Boston on East Second Street. Russell LaMontagne was previously co-Founder of LFL Gallery in New York City.

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