Jean-Pierre Gauthier

A virtuoso of everyday reality, an artisan of contemporary art, an entomologist of sound, he sees, and hears, all the acoustic and metaphorical potential of the found object, his kinetic installations incorporate humour and poetry in a highly rigourous artistic approach. With rare ingenuity, his works embody contrasting ideas such as order and chaos, permanence and fragility, orchestration and randomness. These composite installations produce a wide range of visual, kinetic and auditory stimuli, resulting in an intense,almost dizzying experience. It is this feeling of vertigo, almost exultation, that embodies the full power of his works. – Pierre Landry, curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Born in Matane (Québec, Canada) in 1965, Montreal-based artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier has been active in the contemporary art scene since 1995. He has a hybrid practice that incorporates visual and audio arts. He was the winner of the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2004, also the recipient of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Stauton Award in 2006 and the Louis-Comtois Award in 2012. He has exhibited his audio and kinetic installations across Canada, in Europe, Asia and America. Notable among his group exhibitions are Montreal’s Biennale 2000, Electrohype 2006, Lunds Konsthall, and Transmediale.06 – Smile Machines, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2006), Tonspur_expended, Vienna, Austria (2010), Manif, Québec, (2012), FIMAV (2012),Victoriaville, Québec, File Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012 – 2014) and Electrohype 2013 (Värnhemstrogets Elektroniska Skulpturpark, Malmö, Sweden. A retrospective of his work Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines at Play was organised by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and toured to 5 Canadian museum and the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, USA.

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