JEAN-PIERRE GAUTHIER

Stressato – Samurai Serpents

JEAN-PIERRE GAUTHIER

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Abstract:
“Stressato: Samurai Serpents” lembra as máquinas de desenho de Jean-Pierre Gauthier (como os Marcadores de Incerteza). Como muitas criações do artista, esta obra enfatiza a qualidade gráfica e o movimento de uma linha no espaço. Em um grande painel coberto por uma “action painting” (evocativa das superfícies escuras texturizadas de Borduas, Soulages ou Kline), que parece uma mesa (de desenho?), os cabos são ativados por um espectador que se aproxima e começam a serpentear por todo o lugar, se retorcendo e se entrelaçando de maneira surpreendente, como se estivessem realmente reagindo a uma ameaça. Ao se movimentar dessa forma, essas linhas prateadas sobre um fundo preto alteram continuamente a composição da “pintura” e a transformam em uma imagem animada. Como em uma improvisação musical, os movimentos desorganizados da linha criam sons que variam a cada vez.
Biography:
Jean-Pierre Gauthier, artista de Montreal ligado à cena de arte contemporânea desde meados da década de 1990, tem uma prática híbrida que incorpora artes visuais e experimentos com áudio. Vencedor do prestigioso prêmio Sobey Art em 2004 e do prêmio Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton em 2006, expõe suas instalações cinéticas e com áudio em todo o Canadá, na Europa, Ásia e América do Norte. Entre suas exposições coletivas destacam-se a Bienal de Montreal de 2000, Electrohype 2006 na galeria Lunds Konsthall, Transmediale.06 – Smile Machines na Akademie der Künste, Berlim (2006), e Tonspur_expanded em Viena, Áustria (2010). Sua obra ganhou uma retrospectiva intitulada Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines at play, que foi organizada pelo Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal e exposta em cinco museus do Canadá e no Akron Art Museum (Ohio, EUA). O artista é representado pela Jack Shainman Gallery em Nova York. Sua exposição individual mais recente em Nova York foi considerada pelo Village Voice como uma das melhores de 2011.
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source: fileorgbr
Abstract:
“Stressato: Samurai Serpents” resembles Jean-Pierre Gauthier’s drawing machines (such as Marqueurs d’incertitude). Like many of the artist’s creations, the work emphasizes graphic quality and the movement of a line in space. On a large panel covered by an “action painting” (that is reminiscent of the textured and dark surfaces of a Borduas, Soulages or Kline), which looks like a (drawing?) table, cables are activated by an approaching viewer and begin to wiggle all over the place, twisting and intertwining in a surprising way – as though they were actually reacting to a threat. In moving about in this way, these silver lines on a black ground continuously change the “painting’s” composition and transform it into an animated image. Like a musical improvisation, the line’s disorganized movements create sounds that vary each time.
Biography:
Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier, who has been active on the contemporary art scene since the mid-1990s, has a hybrid practice that incorporates visual arts and audio exploration. He was the winner of the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2004 and recipient of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in 2006. He has exhibited his audio and kinetic installations across Canada, in Europe, Asia and North America. Notable among his group exhibitions are Montreal’s Biennale 2000, Electrohype 2006 in Lunds Konsthall, Transmediale.06 – Smile Machines at Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2006), Tonspur_expanded in Vienna, Austria (2010). A retrospective of his work entitled Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines at Play was organised 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 exhibition in New York was considered by the Village Voice as one of the best shows of 2011.
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source: jackshainman
Jean-Pierre Gauthier, a conceptual artist, sculptor and musician makes kinetic sculptures and installations complete with sound. His materials are every day cast off industrial objects. His work seems organic and like a new form of life. Gauthier explores the boundaries between order and chaos and his playful installations transport the viewer into a crazy world of singular experiences. His work often pokes fun at the viewer while it is, at the same time, somehow poetic.

In a 2006 interview Gauthier said, “My intention is to identify and build a system to control every detail in the production so that once installed and presented in public, the installation reorganizes and transforms itself. Losing control is to let things go by themselves.”

Of Gauthier’s exhibit Recent Work at Jack Shainman Gallery, in a June 17th article in the New York Times, Roberta Smith wrote “The most plentiful sculptures, collectively titled “Hypoxia,” are kinetic wall pieces consisting of dangling tangles of twisted metal tubing and cables combined with expandable braided sleeving, small motors, speakers, microphones and amplifiers as well as aquarium compressors. (The work of Sarah Sze and occasionally Judy Pfaff may come to mind.) Many of the elements move in circumscribed ways, suggesting delicate insects or forms of sea life. The attempt to match up the actions of any single work with the hissing, chirping and clicks emanating from its speakers can result in a very concentrated experience of visual-audio perception.”

Gauthier was born in 1965 in Quebec and lives and works in Montreal. In 1990 he was awarded a B.A. in Visual Arts and in 1995 an M.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Quebec. He was the winner of the prestigious Sobey Art Award (2004), the Victor Martyn Lynch-Stauton Award (2006) and Louis-Comtois Award (2012). He has exhibited his audio and kinetic installations across Canada, in Europe, Asia and America. Notable among his group exhibitions are Biennale de Montréal (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), Alive/Éveil, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2013) and Electrohype (2013), Värnhemstrogets Elektroniska Skulpturpark, Malmö, Sweden. A retrospective of his work Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines at Play was organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and was showed in five Canadian Museums and the Akron Art Museum, Ohio.

Jack Shainman Gallery has represented Gauthier since 2003 when he had a solo show called Sporadic Exchange followed by Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Rut in (2005) and Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Recent Work in (2011).