Repair and abnormality

June 6, 2017 - September 30, 2017

June 6 to 10, 2017 : 1st group of public space interventions
Saturday June 10, 2017, 2 to 5 PM : opening at DARE-DARE
September 26 to 30, 2017 : 2nd group of public space interventions

The starting point of the artwork is to locate urban furniture elements that are damaged in order to perform «repairs» on them. This operation initiates an artistic gesture where the repairing partly dictates the choice of shapes, scales and materials. The objective is to position my sculptures as prostheses replacing the missing or broken parts of selected objects.

However, as each repair/sculpture is distinguished by colors, treatments, textures, materials and anomalies stemming from my subjectivity, a hybrid effect emerges from the intervention. Despite this ambiguity, as the objective is also about restoring some kind of functionality to the repaired elements rather than deteriorating them, the overall project is positioned as reverse vandalism. My work transforms the elements on which I intervene and these elements end up with abnormalities that become positive assets.

I hope that these gestures of repair made in broad daylight will encourage meetings and discussions with the public as well as allow a sculptural research into the possibility of a work of art becoming part of another object. 



I am particularly interested in the issues associated with the presentation and perception of visual art. All that is part of the experience of my work such as where the work is located, the position of the viewer, the temporality in which the action takes place and the physical encounter with the exhibition space are my principal research subjects, from both a conceptual and technical perspective. These parameters, usually located outside the physical structure of the art object, are literally embedded in my work as a material. I consider the whole context of presentation as an inherent plastic element of the work that can therefore be transformed or modified just the same as could be any other component of the work.

By applying the sculptor's gesture, my works extend beyond the limits of the object to deploy into the fields of architecture, space, body and action. In this regard, for me, the creation process always begins with the elaboration of a presentation strategy that seeks to deconstruct the visual mechanics that normally occurs between the object being looked at and the parameters of the observation context. My work consists of staging the exhibited object as well as its immediate environment according to the incongruous situation that I invent. This produces a work whose symbolic value about the positioning of things becomes the discursive anchor point.



Born in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1978, Guillaume Labrie lives and works in Montreal. Through the creation of sculptures where space organization strategies take a prominent place, he seeks to combine the notions of place, object and viewer. He received his B.A. and completed the post-Graduate program in Fine Arts at UQAM in 2007. His work has been supported by the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and exhibited in several artists’ centres and museums, most notably: Circa, Galerie B-312, Centre Clark, Darling Foundry, Language Plus, Musée Régional de Rimouski and Axenéo7. Guillaume has participated in several site-specific projects, exhibitions and international residencies such as: the Quebec studio in Barcelona, Les Perles residency in Barjols, France, the exhibition «los palabras y los cosas» in Can Ricart in Barcelona, and «The Teleportation Project» in Tokyo. His work has been presented in the public space via personal interventions as well as through the Art and Architecture Integration Policy of the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications. He is one of the founding members of the Pique-Nique Collective that specializes in ephemeral street art events.

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Past Projects

May 27, 2017
Launch of the 2017-2018 programming Lancement + inauguration, Saturday, Mai 27, 2017 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Music by Dj 50 PIA$$E$ (aka Érick d'Orion). Hot-dogs and surprises!
May 23, 2017
MARION LESSARD From one word and its definition, Marion Lessard forms the poetical anagram of another word and its definition, which then take the place of the official ones, and so on, indefinitely, in a long chain of subversion. The aim is both poetic and playful: to insert within the Reference some Irreverence, to agitate the means of meaning. At the end of this extensive project, a whole new dictionary will materialize, which will yet be the same (understood as the sum of its letters).
May 22, 2017
VOX-POP "Survival Kit" and finissage From May 22 to 29, 2017, call and leave me a message on my voice mail at 438-763-0112. Tell me about your survival kit. What is it designed for? Is it material or immaterial, made up of objects or ideas? What type of survival does this kit respond to? Also, finissage on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, starting at 6 pm at DARE-DARE.
May 14, 2017
Watching the Apple Trees Blossom (le début est la fin d’un cycle continu) And what about bringing this quest into an art context? The opportunity to embark on this slippery, if not contradictory task (that of Doing Nothing) within the frame of DARE-DARE’s mandate became an instance of prolonged embodied research into the more imperceptible areas of art-making and artistic process. Exploring the invisible, liminal spaces in art has been a long-standing preoccupation of mine, and The Sanctimonious Sect of Nothing Is Sacred became an invaluable container, and occasion, within which to delve even more deeply into this burgeoning area of performative practice.
April 26, 2017
TALKING ABOUT NOTHING WITH... Sylvie Tourangeau “What are the ways in which free time infiltrates our body? Free time: a notion… a sensation… a parallel universe… a practice… an SOS…”. Revisiting her residency project titled Temps libre, carried out two years ago at 3e impérial artist-run centre in Granby, QC, Sylvie is proposing a collective moment of free time at DARE-DARE.
April 21, 2017
TALKING ABOUT NOTHING WITH... Sarah Harwood Feldenkrais is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning.