All Rise gallery presents a slice of the graphic, hip, emerging art talent carving out their mark in “Montréal tout garni: The City Puts Everything On.” Alice Jarry and Jason Cantoro, both printmakers and mixed media artists, founded Sérigraphie Cincqunquatre in the Centre-Sud neighborhood of Montreal. Jarry’s silkscreens combine hard, sleek lines of passenger planes with the faded, graphic florals and arabesques of a worn Morris-upholstered wingback; while Cantoro’s overbearing, yet sexy “St. Catherine” may be a wink to Montreal’s gallery-lined street of the same name, presenting her as a Madonna della Misercordia-type, a forgiving protectress watching over a stencil-like outline of a all-male group. The tall, compressed format and high-gloss finish of Sebastian Lapointe’s “Edges” series turns audio into visual. The Montreal artist and DJ arranges and rearranges the architectonic, thin, bold stripes of album cover spines in various combinations, creating a visual set-list of colors, titles and torn edges. John Londono’s large-format photographs juxtapose the harsh, blown-out images of young hipster/urbanite night-life under the brief light of the camera flash, with the daytime scenes of isolated introspective twenty-somethings along a gray, temperamental coastline. An eclectic group, these artists’ works do not have much of a dialogue with each other, but manifest the pulse of a city that fosters and supports a breadth of creative talent. (Kate Tierney Powell)
“Montréal tout garni: The City Puts Everything On” shows at All Rise Gallery, 1542 North Milwaukee, (773)292-9255, through November 2.