L’ESPACE DE L’INCONSCIENT ROMANTIQUE

Claude-Philippe Benoit

En résidence du 19 septembre au 30 septembre


Debout sur saturne, nous interrogeons nos repères.

Il y a le temps, celui qui passe, qui file à vive allure. L’espace impalpable, l’invisible rivalisent avec la vitesse à l’état brut. L’horizontalité apparaît et dessine des balayages éblouissants. C’est l’improbable temps d’arrêt, c’est la trajectoire d’une tentative de dépassement. Nous apercevons une particule de l’évolution de la matière. Serait-ce de la chaleur en déplacement? Des échappées de rayons lumineux nous aveuglent. Les anneaux de saturne sont là devant nous!
Cette série photographique est en développement depuis 2005. Elle s’inspire de ce qui est communément appelé le « swish pan » au cinéma. Cette image est produite par un panoramique horizontal rapide pour signifier une transition, un passage à autre chose, une compression du temps ou un changement d’état.
 

In his photographs Claude-Philippe Benoit assigns a central place to the city and to power relationships. He is known for depicting a complex world full of contrasts through a rich palette of black and white. In the 1980s the artist made his mark with an impressive series of photographs on cinema, and as co-founder of two important artist centres in Gatineau. A decade later, he began an extensive exploration of the upper realms of decision- making. His quest led him to such sites as the UN headquarters, where he captured for public viewing the rooms in which the world’s destiny is at stake. As testimony to the reputation he has earned, numerous private and public collections both here and abroad contain works by Claude-Philippe Benoit. Since early in his career to the present day, these works have often been exhibited in Canada and many European countries, including France, Germany and Portugal. The public has been able to follow the artist’s evolution through several exhibitions in Canada’s major cities, at such institutions as the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver, as well as The Power Plant and Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Major national and international exhibitions have reserved a special place for the photographer’s work, among which Les cents jours d’art contemporain de Montréal, La Biennale internationale de l’image de Nancy, Le printemps de Cahors and the Encontros da Imagen in Braga. His works have also been seen in such prestigious institutions as the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the Cordeliers Convent in Paris, the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden, and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.