30 OCT — 21 DEC 2014


“By the word ÉGRÉGORE, as used by the ancient hermeticists,
I mean a group of humans endowed with a personality different
from that of the individuals forming it. Though studies on this
subject have, in the past, been either obscure or secret, I believe
it is possible to understand the conditions necessary for the formation of an égrégore. I would point out immediately that the indispensable (though not sufficient) condition lies in a powerful emotional shock.
To use the terminology of chemistry, I would say that synthesis brings about intense energetic action.”
-Pierre Mabille

A collective consciousness, a result of powerful emotional by desires. This is Égrégore.
First introduced by Pierre Mabille, the term was reappropriated by the surrealists who charged it with strong subversive potential. French Canadian painter and poet, Claude Gauvreau then expanded upon the work of Mabille, advocating obedience to our deepest corporal needs as a means towards Égrégore. Reincarnated once more, this exhibition marks the largest group show ever hosted by Yves Laroche. Égrégore will run for the entire Fall/Winter season at Yves Laroche and is comprised of new works by a roster of lowbrow & pop surrealism’s most celebrated artists – Yves Laroche’s personal favourites.
This show is a reflection of how powerful the sum of various parts can be: a concept symbolic of this multi-faceted gallery.


From its origins in the Old Port of Montreal, to its current location at the junction of the Mile End and Little Italy, the gallery’s mission remains the same: to showcase the avant-garde in contemporary art. YL has positioned itself at the forefront of Canadian art and remains committed to promoting artists both internationally-established and emerging. Rooted in the underground worlds of tattooing, graffiti, comics, cartoons, pop art, illustration, and surrealism, the art exhibited at Yves Laroche feeds off of an eclectic blend of cultural influences. Supported by its reputation and its presence at several international art fairs, YL offers an urban gallery fundamentally connected to international contemporary production.

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