We always love when new art spots open around our city, so when we heard of a new player settling down in the Mile End, we had to share the news. The trio behind Espace 40 (4844 Boul. Saint-Laurent) include Claudine Blanchet, a renowned stylist, Pierre Choinière, an internationally renowned photographer, and Denis Dulude, a leading graphic designer, all of whom cherished this project for a very long time.
“The Mile-End particularly interested us,” said Dulude. “This area is in full swing. Furthermore, four of the artists we represent have their studios in the area.”
“Every artist we represent in the gallery, we’ve fallen in love with their work in an instant; they’re people with a strong and vibrant approach,” added Blanchet.
Located at 160 St-Viateur East, Espace 40 has a stripped and industrial look spread over 2700 square feet with sculptural and warm lighting, the signature of Choinière’s artistic eye. “I tried to stage the works of the artists in a chiaroscuro set,” says Choinière.
Choiniere had already carefully designed this right mix of light in 2006 at the Gallery boutique Comptoir d’ailleurs, on blvd. Saint-Laurent, where the duo he and Blanchet were selling lanterns from Amira bougies, crafted from coloured graphic formed candles made of paraffin sourced from Morocco. The signature lighting concept was subsequently confirmed and transported to the Gallery in the Quartier Dix30, which opened in 2008, and has since made its mark as a place of choice for savvy collectors.
Espace 40 will no doubt become a staple for art lovers, promising a future filled with beautiful exhibits and interactive shows.
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