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Luc Courchesne, Naked in Paradise, 2013 (detail)

LUC COURCHESNE: FRAMED IMMERSIONS

CENTRE SPACE (Toronto)
65 George Street

March 2 - April 13, 2013

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ABOUT THE SHOWVIEWS OF THE SHOW  / INSTALLATION VIDEOS PHOTOGRAPHS LINKS  /  C.V.


ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain presents the first solo exhibition of Luc Courchesne at Centre Space, Toronto. Following his invitation to the Bank of Montreal Project Room in 2011 presenting an interactive portrait of Toronto's streets - this new body of work presented at Centre Space continues the artist's embrace with new technology to convey his unique point of view. 

Since space has expanded with now inhabitable virtual folds, the old questions "Where are we from?", "What are we?",  and "Where are we headed?" are coming back with new relevance. In framed immersions, Courchesne offers glimpses and sometimes invitations to enter these new terrains of experience. If the work remains photographic in essence, it embraces immersion, dimensionality and interaction in novel ways.
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Luc Courchesne took part in the emergence of media arts thirty years ago, adopting computer technologies as a video artist inspired by a generation of experimental filmmakers such as Michael Snow and Hollis Frampton. 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 visitors, actors and inhabitants of his experiential craft.

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), Panoscopic Journal (1999-), Panoscope 360° (2000-), The Visitor: Living by Numbers (2001), Untitled (2004), Where are you? (2005), Horizons (2007), the Shores Series (2008-) and Icons (2009) in a co-creation with artist and choreographer Marie Chouinard.

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


VIEWS OF THE SHOW
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INSTALLATION
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Naked in Paradise (detail)
2013
immersive installation
edition of 3


Maman Maman
2013
25 x 32 x 2 inches
Transparent LED screen, custom made
(Electronic design: Gideon May)

VIDEOS
 

Santa Barbara CA, USA
Shores
series
2010
edition of 3
looped video, lcd screen, plastic, wood and computer
152 cm diam. x 16,5 cm (60" diam. x 6.5")

 
Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
Posture Series
2009
edition of 3
looped video, lcd screen, plastic, wood and computer
60 cm diam. x 16,5 cm (24" diam. x 6.5")

For more available videos by Luc Courchesne please click here. 


PHOTOGRAPHS

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2012/12/28 Stanbridge Station
2012
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  2012/06/23-2 Taipei
2012
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3
  2012/01/18-3 Biot
2012
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3


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2013/02/02-2 New York City
2013
digital print, plexi and rotational device
60.5 cm (24") diam.
edition of 3

     


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2013/01/05
Stanbridge Station
2013
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
2012/11/18-8
Stanbridge Station
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
2012/11/18-7
Stanbridge Station

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



 
2012/11/18-2
Stanbridge Station
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
2012/10/25-4 Montréal
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3





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2012/09/11-7 Liverpool
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
2012/08/31-1 Plum Island
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3
 
2012/07/10-1
Grand Rapids
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3



 
2012/06/29-2 Tokyo

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


 
2012/04/22-1 Montréal
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3





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2012/01/23-7 Tagliolo
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
2012/01/14-1 Nice

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

 
2012/01/24-1 Menton

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

 
2012/06/25-10 Taipei

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

 
2012/06/30-2 Tokyo

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


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2012/07/22-1
Stanbridge Station
2012
archival digital print and
rotational device mounted
under plexiglass 
25 cm (10") diam.
edition of 3

 
2012/08/31-2 Plum Island

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

 
2012/09/11-1 Liverpool

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

 
2012/11/01-1 Mexico City

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

 
2013/01/28-2 Cambridge

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



For more available photographs by Luc Courchesne please click here.


LINKS

- Luc Courchesne's page on the PFOAC website
- Luc Courchesne's website

 


CV

click here to download the Luc Courchesne's recent C.V. (02/2012)

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