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17 January - 7 March 2009

Luc Courchesne

 

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent works by Luc Courchsene, featuring the premiere of a new video piece created in collaboration with renowned choreographer and artist Marie Chiounard, with the special participation of dansers Carol Prieur and Mark Eden-Towie.

Having dealt with landscape and the idea of immersion for the last decade, Luc Courchesne’s photographic work has drawn out the visual and symbolic significance of boundaries, abrupt transitions, thresholds. In the last two years, adapting his panoramic optical systems to video, Courchesne has focused his attention on seashores—the locus, he finds, of perpetually changing boundaries, a kind of continuous negotiation between two states, the dynamic meeting of two emphatically different and mutually transformative substances. Here, Courchesne tells us, one may read a metaphor for interpersonal relationships and the occasion for a fascinating artistic experience that consists in observing a line formed and transformed in a process at once repetitive and random.

Courchesne is presenting in parallel three series of works side by side. The first is inspired by thoughts on the motivations underpinning his investigations into visual immersion, which led him to Jean-Jacques Rousseau and some of Rousseau’s late 18th-century contemporaries: while Rousseau, in his Confessions, gave birth to the “introspective subject,” others—Barker and De Saussure—developed the very first techniques of immersive imagery. A second series presents nocturnal scenes pointing back to Courchesne’s work in the 1980s on light and darkness and the connections between imagination and lighting. The third series presents the initial results of collaborative work that Courchesne began in 2008 with artist and choreographer Marie Chouinard.

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Luc Courchesne took part in the emergence of media arts twenty-five years ago, when, as a video artist inspired by a generation of experimental filmmakers including Michael Snow and Hollis Frampton, he discovered 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 the spectator into a visitor whom he leads, like Alice, through the looking glass.

Luc Courchesne was born in 1952 in St-Léonard d’Aston, Québec. He 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). Courchesne began his explorations in interactive video in 1984 when he co-authored Elastic Movies, one of the earliest experiments in the field. He has 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) and Where are you? (2005).

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, Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal, National Gallery of Canada, Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona. For more information on Luc Courchesne's work, please visit his page on the website of the Daniel Langlois Foundation.


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WORKS FOR SALE

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Ocean Beach   Ocean Beach B

2007/10/21 – Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California
Bords de mer series
2008
looped video, lcd screen, plastic, wood and computer
60 cm diam. x 16,5 cm
3/3
 
U2007/10/21 – Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California
(detail)
     
Jones Beach  

2008/04/14 – Jones Beach, Long Island, New York
Bords de mer series
2008
looped video, lcd screen, plastic, wood and computer
60 cm diam. x 16,5 cm
1/5
 
     
Bei Dai He   Bei Dai He B

2008/06/12 – Bei Dai He, China
Bords de mer series
2008
looped video, lcd screen, plastic, wood and computer
60 cm diam. x 16,5 cm
1/5
 
2008/06/12 – Bei Dai He, China
(detail)
     
Kujukunihama   Kujukunihama B

2008/06/16 – Kujukurihama, Chiba, Japan
Bords de mer series
2008
looped video, lcd screen, plastic, wood and computer
60 cm diam. x 16,5 cm
2/3
 
2008/06/16 – Kujukurihama, Chiba, Japan
(detail)
     
Madelaine   Madeleine B

2007/08/06 – Pointe-aux-loups et Gros-cap, Iles de la Madeleine, Québec
Bords de mer series
2008
looped video, lcd screen, plastic, wood and computer
60 cm diam. x 16,5 cm
1/5
 
2007/08/06 – Pointe-aux-loups et Gros-cap, Iles de la Madeleine, Québec

(detail)
     
Madelaine   Oleron B

2008/11/22 – La Grande Plage, Île d’Oléron, France
Bords de mer series
2008
looped video, lcd screen, plastic, wood and computer
60 cm diam. x 16,5 cm
1/5
 
2008/11/22 – La Grande Plage, Île d’Oléron, France
(detail)
     
     
St Pierre   St Pierre

2004/04/25 – Île-Saint-Pierre, Lac de Bienne, Switzerland
Postures : du sujet introspectif au sujet délocalisé series
2008
glass, inkjet print, metal
30,5 cm diam. x 17,5 cm
 
2004/04/25 – Île-Saint-Pierre, Lac de Bienne, Switzerland
(detail)
     
Panoscope   Panoscope B

2005-06/24 – Panoscope 360° (T’es-où?) et Chicago
Postures : du sujet introspectif au sujet délocalisé series
2008
glass, inkjet print, metal
30,5 cm diam. x 17,5 cm
 
2005-06/24 – Panoscope 360° (T’es-où?) et Chicago
(detail)
     
Panoscope  

L'origine du monde
2009
glass, metal
31 cm diam. x 29 cm
 

     
Nocturnes Femme Endormie   Nocturnes Desordre

2008/12/18-1 – Intérieur désordre
Nocturnes series
2008
inkjet print, plexiglass, metal
60 cm diam.
1/5
 
2008/12/18-2 – Femme endormie
Nocturnes
series
2008
inkjet print, plexiglass, metal
60 cm diam.
1/5
     
St Trojan 1   St Trojan 2

2008/11/22-1 – Saint-Trojan les Bains la nuit
Nocturnes series
2008
inkjet print, plexiglass, metal
60 cm diam.
1/5
 
2008/11/22-2 – Saint-Trojan les Bains la nuit
Nocturnes series
2008
inkjet print, plexiglass, metal
60 cm diam.
1/5
     





Ipod Stand  

Ipod Close

 

 

 

 


Marie Chouinard and Luc Courchesne
Icônes, homme
(3:20)
Icônes, femme
(4:25)
diptych version
mixed media
26 cm x 160 cm
2/10
 
Marie Chouinard and Luc Courchesne
Icônes, homme
Icônes, femme
diptych version (detail)




IN THE VIDEO ROOM



Words take on a life of their own   Words take on a life of their own
Marie Chouinard and Luc Courchesne
Icônes, homme

2008
digital video projection
3:20 min.
2/10
  Marie Chouinard and Luc Courchesne
Icônes, femme

2008
digital video projection
4:25 min.
2/10



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VIEWS OF THE SHOW

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LINKS

Video excerpts of the Bords de mer series click here
Official website of The Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Mathieu-Robert Sauvé. "Le panoscope 360 un projet de recherche permanent" U de M Nouvelles (online) 19 January 2009 (in French)
Tristan Malavoy-Racine. 'Un travail à quatre mains signé Marie Chouinard et Luc Courchesne' Voir (online) 21 January 2009 (in French)
Eloi Desjardins. 'Interview with Luc Courchesne' Un show de mot'arts, CHOQ.FM(Radio) 3 February 2009 (in French)
Christine Redfern. 'Courchesne brings seashores to the city' The Gazette (online) 21 February 2009
Jocelyne Lepage. 'Champion du 360 degrés' La Presse (online) 21 February 2009

The official website of Luc Courchesne
Luc Courchesne's artist page on PFOAC website



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ARTIST'S C.V.

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