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Naked in Paradise (2014)

Luc Courchesne

Vue d'ensemble

March 29 - May 17, 2014

 

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VIEWS OF THE SHOW

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ABOUT THE SHOW


"It was while observing one of my professors 30 years ago that the idea came to me: instead of trying to figure out what he was trying to say, I started to watch how he said it. Since then, I started to travel through all life's layers of signs and meanings, drawing pleasure from the discovery of the incongruous in the familiar and the similarities between new or unusual contexts.

This game of tripping between the levels of reality magnified both my love of traveling and the pleasure I took from just standing still before an ordinary and familiar window. Gradually, my perception shifted from the object toward the context, from isolation toward immersion, from the portrait to the landscape, from the framing to the entire horizon beyond.

In Voyage dans les Alpes, Horace Benedict De Saussure described the importance of wholistic views, as opposed to the excessive details that mask them. Inspired by the vista from the peak of the Buet Glacier, the instructions De Saussure left for the illustrator Théodore Bourrit embodied Saussure's all-encompassing view. Saussure's observations, penned 237 ago, helped clarify the usefulness of this process for me.

Today, this sense of the whole takes shape through a fresh reading of ordinary textures and the spaces that emerge. The true subject of this exhibition is the virtual and conceptual space that envelops the gallery then unfurls through several windows placed within the space. Physical objects are sign posts, clues, keys that unlock this space and lend it coherence. Thus, the artefacts, some 30 years old, provide a measure of the transformations that, over time, forge an artistic process."

- Luc Courchesne


WORKS

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20130202-2 New York City
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20130226 Montreal
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20130302 Toronto
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3


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20130321 Durham NC
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20130417-1 Montreal
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20130417-2 Montreal
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3


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20130425 Vienna
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20130426 Vienna
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20130712 Shelburne
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3


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20130919 Liverpool
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20130921 Liverpool
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20131214 Paris
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3


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20131215 Creteil
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20131226-1 Stanbridge Station
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  20131226-2 StanbridgeStation
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3


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20130417-3 Montreal
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
   


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20120114-1
Nice
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20120123-7
Tagliolo
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20120124-1
Menton

2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20120422-1
Montréal
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20120623-2
Taipei
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3





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20120630-2
Tokyo
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20120710-1
Grand Rapids
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20120722-1
Stanbridge Station

2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20120911-1
Liverpool
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20120911-7
Liverpool
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3





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20121025-4
Montreal
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20121118-2
Stanbridge Station
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20121118-7
Stanbridge Station

2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20121228
Stanbridge Station
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20130105
Stanbridge Station
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3





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20130128-2
Stanbridge Station
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20130303
Toronto
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20130324
Stanbridge Station

2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20130426
Vienna
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20130721
Shelburn
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3





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20130826
Plum Island
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20130827
Plum Island
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20130915
Thonon LesBains

2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20130922
Geneve
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20131025
Bonne FeteArto
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3





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20131102
Montreal
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20131213-1
Paris
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
20131213-2
Paris

2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20131213-3
Paris
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
20140123
Montreal
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3




BIO


Luc Courchesne took part in the emergence of media arts thirty years ago when, as a video artist inspired by a generation of experimental filmmakers such as Michael Snow and Hollis Frampton, he adopted computer technologies. First delving into interactive portraiture, a great artistic tradition re-articulated in a new mould, his work has recently turned to another important genre, that of landscape. With his installations, "panoscopic" images, and a device of his own making used to create a sense of visual immersion, he transforms spectators into a visitors, actors and inhabitants of his experiential crafts.

Born 1952 in Québec, Courchesne received a Bachelor's degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (1974), and a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (1984). He began his explorations in interactive video in 1984 when he co-authored Elastic Movies, one of the earliest experiments in the field, and since produced about 30 installation works and image series including Encyclopedia Chiaroscuro (1987), Portrait One (1990), Family Portrait (1993), Hall of Shadows (1996), Landscape One (1997), Passages (1998), Rendez-vous... (1999), Panoscope 360° (2000-), Panoscopic Journal (2000-), The Visitor: Living by Numbers (2001), Untitled (2004), Where are you? (2005-2010), Horizons (2007), the Shores Series (2007-), Icons (2009) in a co-creation with artist and choreographer Marie Chouinard, the Posture platform for immersive telepresence (2010-), You are here (2010-) and McLuhan's Massage Parlor (2011).

His work is part of major collections in North America, Europe and Asia and has been shown extensively in galleries and museums worldwide including: Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales, New York's Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo's InterCommunication Center (ICC), Paris' La Villette, Karlsruhe's ZKM/Medienmuseum, Montreal's Musée d'art contemporain, the National Gallery of Canada, Barcelona's Fundacion La Caixa and Beijing's National Art Museum of China.

Based in Montreal, Luc Courchesne is professor of design at Université de Montréal, founding member of the Society for Art and Technology [SAT], board member of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

 




LINKS

  Of note on the work L'invention de l'horizon presented in the exhibition
- Éric Clément "L'horizon d'une rencontre" La Presse, Febuary 1, 2014
- "Luc Courchesne : Vue d'ensemble" Montréalistement, April 29, 2014
- "Around L'invention de l'horizon" Ciel variable no. 96, 2014
- Luc Courchesne's page on the PFOAC website
- Luc Courchesne's website

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