Géographie multiscalaire

© C. Sylvain, 2018

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© C. Sylvain, 2018

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Géographie multiscalaire

Exhibition
April 13 to May 18, 2019
* Due to the holiday, the exhibition will be closed on Friday, April 19, 2019

Opening
Saturday April 13, 2019, at 5pm

Playing with scale, point of view and number, the installation titled Géographie multiscalaire presents the accumulation of hundreds of delicate pieces of porcelain mounted on walls. Alone, grouped, spaced or aligned, these pieces become visual signs: sequences of more or less dense points forming sometimes lines, sometimes masses. The pieces can be observed individually, in relation to each other, or from a global perspective. In order for this variable geometry reading to take place, the viewer will have to play back and forth in order to perceive the work as a whole and in detail.

In geography, a multiscalar approach aims to understand the organization and layout of a territory by studying it at different scales. Through this installation, the artist wishes to engage a reflection on the the individual's relation to the group, on the intimate and the collective. The organization of the pieces reveals movements, directions, balance of forces, tensions, zones in equilibrium and others in imbalance that can recall situations experienced or observed. This set of visual signs becomes a territory to observe and analyze.

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Catherine Sylvain

Catherine Sylvain lives and works in Montreal where she obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in 2003. Playing with scale proportion, her sculptures frame the body and question notions of identity, relationship to the other and indorsement within groups. Her work has been presented in several solo exhibitions in art centers such as CIRCA in Montréal, EXPRESSION in Saint-Hyacinthe and VU in Quebec City. Her work has also been part of group exhibitions, for example at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liverpool Biennial and the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec. She has to her credit the realization of several public art projects.