Kinetic and sound installation: steel pipes, electric cables, audio cable, robotized mixing console, piezoelectric microphones, speakers, motors, microcontrollers, and various objects
Jean-Pierre Gauthier (CA)
This installation evokes a sort of organic mechanism that is able to reveal the hidden dimension emanating from things. Springs, pie plates, plastic tie-wraps, metal files, pétanque balls and other objects become animated in a random manner. As they wriggle, vibrate, or spin they produce surprising sounds that transport the viewer into strange worlds. The gap between the objects’ banality and the richness of the resulting sound triggers a fascination and poses a sort of riddle to the visitor who attempts to trace the origin of the sounds. This installation more specifically highlights the animal references of the sounds and the plant references of the structures. The differential gap between the sounds and objects recreate a pseudo-natural environment in which species originating from absurd assemblages cry out.
The image “JPG-37 tiff” has the credit:
Photo by Richard-Max Tremblay
Other images do not need crediting (photographed by the artist)
Born in Matane (Quebec, Canada) in 1965, Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier, who has been active in the contemporary art scene since the mid-1990s, has a hybrid practice that incorporates visual and audio arts. He was the winner of the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2004, and was also the recipient of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Stauton Award in 2006 and Louis-Comtois Award in 2012. He has exhibited his audio and kinetic installations across Canada, in Europe, Asia and America. He has notably participated in major group expositions such as the Biennale de Montréal (2000), Electrohype (2006) in Lunds Konsthall, Transmediale.06 – Smile Machines at Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2006), Tonspur_expanded in Vienna, Austria (2010), Manif d’art in Quebec City (2012), FIMAV (2012) in Victoriaville, Quebec, File Festival in São Paulo, Brazil (2012) and Electrohype (2013) at Värnhemstorgets Elektroniska Skulpturpark in Malmö, Sweden. A retrospective of his work entitled Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines at Play was organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and was shown in five Canadian Museums and at the Akron Art Museum (Ohio, USA). The artist is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. His last solo show in New York was considered by the Village Voice as one of the best shows in 2011.