Vibrant colour, classic forms and dreamy landscapes are often reworked by artist Joani Tremblay to urgent—and not just representational—ends. “In these times of fear, hate, populism, historic anxiety and despair, how can pleasure and utopias emphasize what makes life worth living?” the Montreal- based Tremblay writes, and her work pursues this type of politic with notable power. “I paint utopias, illusory places imagined as pleasure states, or a feeling of a place, tangling between abstraction and representation. Landscapes and their utopias are invariably correlated to the question of culture.” she asserts. Tremblay is responding to the uncertainty of the current political climate by emphasizing the escapism of utopias and the related necessity for beauty.
In 2016, Tremblay graduated from the MFA program at Concordia University, and in 2012 she received her BFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Tremblay’s work has been shown in New York City (NADA NY), Romania (Bucharest Art Week), Mexico City (Material Art Fair), Tokyo (3331 Arts Chiyoda), Boston (The Museum School of Boston) and throughout Canada in Ottawa (The National Gallery of Canada), Toronto (Open Studio Gallery), Montreal (Projet Pangée) and Edmonton (Latitude 53).
She has participated in residencies in Berlin and Tokyo, and has upcoming solo exhibitions at Pony Sugar (Stockholm) and Niels Kantor (Los Angeles) and an upcoming residency at Eastside International (ESXLA) (Los Angeles). She was the recipient of the Vladimir J. Elgart Graduate Scholarship and the Quebec Research Grant “The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture” (FRQSC). She operates the artist project space Projet Pangée with Julie Côté in Montréal.