Exhibition Title: Do The Wave
Artist: Jonathan Villeneuve
Opening: Thursday September 6, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Thu, 6 September 2012 – Sat, 6 October 2012
Grunt gallery is pleased to present an electromechanical installation by Montreal artist Jonathan Villeneuve. This exhibition is occurring in conjunction with SWARM and the New Forms Festival. Do The Wave, 2009 (Faire La Vague) will be on view at the gallery until Saturday October 6.
Villeneuve makes poetic machines by assembling familiar materials that he barely transforms. His works move, emit light and produce sounds in ways that challenge one’s assumption about it’s imaginary function.
“My work is made out of common objects and materials – familiar elements that evoke the architecture of the everyday. I assemble these elements in ways that highlight their poetic and narrative potential. My installation triggers a physical reaction in the visitor, particularly due to the scale of the piece and it’s uncanny movements. It evokes a personal and embodied experience with architecture as constructed environment.
I build structures that are activated by mechanical, electrical, and electronic mechanisms while addressing the modern notion of the autonomous object. This pseudo functional amalgam address pataphysics and refers to the idea of the gadget, the ‘thing-a-ma-jig’, a thing of a vague utility, with an imaginary functionality.
By researching the mechanisms of construction of time through movement I aim to push my work beyond it’s own materiality. More than just simple objects, my structures activate the space through their sound, as well as through their animated play of light and shadow in the exhibition space. These elements, as time-based and intangible, extend the sculptural quality of the work and accentuate its character as time-architecture.” (jonathan-villeneuve.com)
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