Ruses et ravissements, étude plus ou moins exacte du monde – Claudie Gagnon


From the beginning of her practice, Claudie Gagnon has always been able to transport us into decidedly singular universes. Ruses et ravissements, étude plus ou moins exacte du monde is no exception. The exhibition is presented as a generous journey to be explored slowly. At the entrance, three pieces each bearing an embroidered inscription set the tone for our visit: RAVISH/TIME/PARADISE.

Through multiple diversions, Claudie Gagnon generates unlikely encounters that magnify objects beyond their tangible reality. These new assemblages combine references to botany, medicine, natural sciences, crafts, art history and domesticity and end up creating objects that are as wonderful as they are strange. Oscillating between fascination and aversion, the emerging works present a universe where wonder and enchantment can tip over at any moment. The material and conceptual poetry of this corpus also emphasize a strong symbolism evoking vanity, a recurring theme in the artist’s work.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to discover the video Scènes de genre (2018) including a series of ten living tableaux, some of which are the origin of the photo-painting of the exhibition Contrefaçons presented at Galerie 3 in 2018.

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A major figure on the Quebec actual art scene, Claudie Gagnon, recycles and reuses objects of common use, concepts, famous works of art history as well as visual and sound imprints that are an integral part of our scholarly and popular culture. Playful and poetic, her multidisciplinary work unfolds in many forms: installations, living paintings, theatrical interventions, videos, photos, food art (etc.) and leaves an indelible mark in the minds of those who experience it.

Spreading over more than 30 years her artistic journey includes multiple exhibitions and museums, artists centres and festivals in Quebec as well as internationally. Her artworks are part of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and of Loto-Québec collections. She has also designed and created projects within the integration to architecture and environment provincial government policy at Robert Lepage’s Diamant theatre in Quebec City, at the Musée d’art de Joliette, at Le Carré 150 in Victoriaville and the Monique-Corriveau Library in Quebec City.

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In the media :
Le Soleil : Josianne Desloges – Ruses et ravissements de Claudie Gagnon : tirer la langue au temps
Québec Réveille – CKIA : Marjorie Champagne – Qui est l’artiste derrière l’œuvre d’intégration à l’architecture du Diamant?
L’Aérospatial – CKRL : Gentiane La France et Jean-Michel René – Claudie Gagnon expose à la Galerie 3
À l’est de vos empires : Michelle Drapeau – Claudie Gagnon, «Ruses et ravissements» à la Galerie 3
Radio-Canada – Téléjournal Québec : Valérie Cloutier – Les œuvres de Claudie Gagnon exposées à la Galerie 3
Spirale : Layna De RoyÀ hauteur de regard
Culture Club – Ici Radio-Canada : Tanya Beaumont – Parcours culturel à Québec (partie 1)