Transition: From Sound to Image

© Pascal Picard, 2014

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© Pascal Picard, 2014

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Transition: From Sound to Image

March 21 - May 30, 2014

Artist Talk
Wednesday, May 28, at 5:30 pm 

Winner of the Ateliers studios Saguenay-Montréal production/residency grant (digital arts and new media) for artists from Ville de Saguenay and the island of Montreal.

During his residency at OBORO, Pascal Picard wishes to explore acts of erasing, subtracting and suppressing while generating interaction between his subtractive painting practice and video and sound art. In conjunction with singer-songwriter Carole Facal (Caracol), Pascal Picard’s research will reflect on disappearance and alteration.

Water, a translucent matter, allows me to clean, alter and rupture the initial figure presented. My painting aesthetic, in proximity to photography through the image’s plasticity, does not aspire, by any means, to imitate the medium. The process consists of a perpetual evolution through time, movement and form. Enfeebling matter brings dialectic strength; where the line is erased or comes to an end, energies emerge asking only a reflection.

Transfer, transformation, transition, transitory, "transi" (the French term for numbness), transmitter, transport, transparent, transmutation, transduction. Trans is the prefix that expresses the idea of a crossing, passage or voyage. It is through this notion of "passage" that the work evolves. Professionally archiving experimentations of subtraction by using video and music will allow me to question my initial intention for this project, which is to subtract images from sound. In Water Walk, John Cage succeeded in making the visual aspect of the work as important as its sound components. How then, through painting, can images be subtracted from music?”

- Pascal Picard

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Pascal Picard

Pascal Picard was born in Rimouski in 1976. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal as well as a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi where he is currently finishing a master’s degree in Visual Arts. Picard is a multidisciplinary artist whose research consists of transforming the concept of a « painted portrait » into a dynamic of artistic creation. He is a portraitist who reflects on the notions of subtraction, transition and shapes.