All the world began with a yes.
Yes, indeed. Our own story began by saying yes to ourselves and keeping true to that word, over and over again. This month, we’re delighted to announce our 10th anniversary! –throughout which we will be celebrating the artists and designers who have been with us from our very beginnings and also the many new talents we continually welcome into the fold. Our boutique has always been centrally devoted to showcasing the fashions and works of Montreal-based artists and listening to the ever-changing desires of clientele in the community. A personal mandate has been to find meaningful places inside the larger world of this fashion industry, by working with those whose intentions align wholly with ours: making art for the purpose of self-expression.
We have a wonderful month ahead of celebrating just such self-expression. On December 8th we’ll be triumphing the works of painter Heidi Daehler with a vernissage from 5 to 8pm. Daehler’s solo exhibition, Something Tangible, gets to the heart of things – locating our own humanity by witnessing it in her chosen subjects.
Just say yes and come on down – enjoy snacks and drinks provided by General 54 as your aesthetic sensibilities are otherwise sated by her newest artworks.
What’s on your Wish List? We look forward to showing you all the most highly anticipated designs from our favourite collaborators throughout December – arrivals range from handmade dolls by Rousskine to keep your spirit playful this winter and bath & beauty products from Leaves of Trees to keep you feeling fresh-faced all season. Hinkleville ceramics, Erin Templeton leathers and Cartouche fabric jewelry: yes to all of the above.
– Jennifer Glasgow & General 54
Something Tangible – Heidi Daehler (solo exhibition)
An artist can show things that other people have no way of expressing. Louise Bourgeois
As Daehler expresses in her own words, [she is] particularly drawn to the physicality of paint, to its contradictory slowness in the context of our increasingly fast-paced times. Her work reveals how painting does not admit of this speed; how it extends time and forces us to slow down, to tarry and look. It can also elucidate a balancing act of control against chaos, of beauty interrupted by ugly, awkward moments.
Her solo exhibition will feature her most recent work, which is rooted in conceptions of failure, vulnerability, sublimation, obliteration, resilience, and rebirth. She redeems the characters in her images and yet simultaneously lets them tell their own stories, destroyed and reconstructed. In the end, her paintings are ready to form relationships with the viewer that are wholly independent from her own wishes or intentions.
We hope you’ll join us in uncovering all the myriad aspects of our shared humanity.
Thursday 8th December
5 to 8pm
Show will be held from the 8.12.2016 – 31.01.2017
What’s on your Wish List?
I want my life to embody inherent contradictions. Kiki Smith
Throughout December, we’ll be revealing all sorts of our inherent contradictions – and relishing in each one! Sometimes we may want the bold and hard-lined metalworks and raw textiles of new Cartouche jewelry, while others we may need the gentility and light humour of Hinkleville ceramics. We’ll be embracing our tactile senses with Rousskine play dolls and taking account of our holistic needs with rejuvenating products from our newly launched line of bath & beauty products from Leaves of Trees.
Keep up-to-date with everything arriving at General 54 through our facebook and instagram posts. We can hardly keep up with all the new jewelry we have coming in from Lissa Bowie and ceramic gems from Hungarian designer Ilka Furtos of Deco Square. Candles from our long-time favourites Harlow will keep you warm this season – with scents like “Fire,” “Smoke” and “Bohemian.”
We’re always curious what makes it onto your #wishlist so share with us your personal favourites every time you like or tag us!
All December long
Usual store hours, with extended holiday hours:
December 19 – 23 open until 8pm