September 15, 2014
Jean Pierre Gauthier
Artist Talk

Please join us for the opening reception and inauguration of New Media Gallery. This will be part of larger building-wide opening events for the new Anvil Centre, City of New Westminster/metro Vancouver.

We are delighted to welcome Canadian artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier who will speak on his practice, including his work in the Musicircus exhibition, the responsive electronic media installation Battements et Papillons.

Québec artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier has been active on the contemporary art since the mid-1990s. He pursues a hybrid approach in which he combines visual art and the musical conception around kinetic and sound installations, invented or automated music instruments. A virtuoso of everyday reality, an artisan of contemporary art, an entomologist of sound, Gauthier sees, and hears, all the acoustic and metaphorical potential of the found object. His kinetic installations combine humour and poetry in a highly rigorous artistic approach. In Le Cagibi, for example, a small white room contains a few lockers, various cleaning tools and products, and a dirty sink. A mechanism of some kind operates certain elements, making a locker door move and producing gurgling in the sink. The wall bears the traces of a head and a pair of arms that seem to have gone right through it; where the arms would end, glove-clad hands alternately inflate and deflate.

His installations have been shown in Canada, United States, Europe and Asia. A retrospective of his work was put together at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2007 and then travelled throughout North America until 2010. Molior presented several of his works in Sao Paulo, Brazil, notably during the FILE - Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica in 2012 and as part of Despertar /Éveil/Alive in 2014. In 2004, Jean-Pierre Gauthier won the Sobey Award for the Arts, and the following year, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton prize. In 2012, Ville de Montréal selected him as the winner of the Prix Louis-Comtois. He his represented by Ellephant in Montreal.

His work is held by major collections including Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Musée des beaux-arts and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Thanks: Battements et Papillons is on loan to the New Media Gallery courtesy of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM).