Marie-Josée Laframboise + Patrick Viallet

May 13 - June 24, 2006



Marie-Josée Laframboise's exhibition Infiltration 2 combines the practices of installation and drawing. A green net investigates the gallery space using tension and volume to produce an installation based architectural landscape. This construction is based upon and inspired by such memories as the Federal Republic of Germany's pavilion at Expo67 presented in Montreal. The spectator, for his/her part infiltrates, threading their way through this transparent structure.


The notion of infiltrating and invading a continuous self-contained space with selected pictures containing references to electric cable structures and whose vector lines are directly imaged is to create or continue the idea of a utopian network. Everything that is suspended, forming an entangled web of lines etched on high intrigues me. My interests are on the phenomena that divide and hatch the sky and the landscape of our daily space.


The point of departure for Marie-Josée Laframboise's sculpture or in situ project is, above all, the manipulation and alteration of materials, as well as their flexibility in a given space. The location becomes a space to target, to invade, or to occupy with the chosen material. Network, route, web, and mesh are all reoccurring notions in her projects. Drawing is a constant engine of exploration and reflection, taking its form from previous installations, or from those still to come, and is inspired by juxtaposed images of different sites. Drawing becomes a kind of fictional extrapolation of reality. Born in Quebec, Marie-Josée Laframboise lives and works in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). A graduate of the MFA programme at Concordia University (Montreal, 2002) and the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland, 2000), she has exhibited professionally since 1992. In addition to Canada, her in situ installations were presented on several occasions in Switzerland, in Germany, in Austria in group exhibitions, residences or symposiums. Her works are in the following collections: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Foundation Christoph Merian (Basel, Switzerland) and Migros Klubschule (Basle, Switzerland).


On Patrick Viallet's work, the artist states: "My current work is an exploration between the interfaces of body and space hinging on the questions raised between the physical and psychological dimensions of the wall. To give the characteristics of space to a wall is an attempt to put in actual space. A space where one can be nowhere and everywhere at once. A way of giving sensation to architecture; its' density, its' solidness, its' volume, its' emptiness. The attempt to create the experience of the possibility of enduring an impasse. I am seeking to pinpoint , in extremis the question of no exit, no road through. Platform is a photographic work with a frontal orientation which allows access to seeing a body introduced into the wall, in a space of doubt with an accompanying use of coloured indicators. The body becomes the point of juncture for space. It becomes the expected complement. The body of photographs is a series of sequential images where an apparent mechanism of irresolution is employed."

Patrick Viallet works and lives in Montreal. He graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1998, where he completed a Masters in Visual Arts. He has previously shown his work in solo exhibitions at Galerie Basta Art Contemporain, Lausanne (2001), Galerie Horace, Sherbrooke (2000) and Centre d’exposition Circa, Montreal (1998). Viallet’s public art sculptures are integrated in three provincial public works in Sherbrooke, Farnham and Bedford.


ARTICLES, Marie-Josée Laframboise + Patrick Viallet, May 13 2006


- Marie-Josée Laframboise's website