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Paper is at the centre of Gaudette’s artistic practice. Using images and materials from everyday life, he works with the tensions resulting from the ambiguity of representation. He channels this into poetic and sometimes humorous gestures that raise questions about perception, complexity of history and the systems that create and reinforce the values that embody us.
These stagings emerge from a slow observation process mixing gestural drawing and optical illusion, and where the notion of time merges between subject, support and surface.
The artist sees his practice as a great laboratory that does not consider paper as a two-dimensional surface, but rather as a material that can become an integral part of his pictorial composition process.
About Sébastien Gaudette
Sébastien Gaudette is a Canadian artist living in Montreal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from UQAM (2015). His work with paper is focused on creasing, but pushes the reflection towards the gesture of folding, on the properties of the material as well as on the challenges of the artist’s work in the current context.
Gaudette’s work has been selected for several solo exhibition projects in major Quebec institutions, including the Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent in Rivière-du-Loup, The Centre national d’exposition de Jonquière, the Cirque du Soleil de Montréal and several “Maisons de la culture” in Montreal. He has also participated in charity events, including the auction of the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides and soon, the auction of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
Sébastien Gaudette has taken part in several artistic residencies, including Espace Cercle Carré, Zocalo print art centre and the Vermont Studio Center. This year, he will carry out a research residency at the Centre SAGAMIE in Alma.
On the international scene, he has been invited to exhibit at the Art Helix Gallery in Brooklyn in 2017, in addition to having presented his work at several international fairs, including Art on Paper in Miami, the Seattle Art Fair, Papier in Montréal and the Foire d’art contemporain in Saint-Lambert. Some of these works are now part of various private collections.
In 2014, Sébastien Gaudette founded the LAB/Dessin group, which explores all forms of drawing. This research laboratory explores the hybrid notions of drawing and the different forms of creating in a community.
2015 Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal
2021 (coming soon) After Party, Youn Gallery, Montréal
2019 Get out of Frame, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal
2019 Giants Papers, Elgar Cultural Center, Montreal
2019 Paper-Paper, Léo-Ayot Exhibition Center, Shawinigan
2018 In Between Folds, National Exhibition Center, Jonquière
2018 Double Vision, Youn Gallery, Montreal
2017 In Between Folds, Maison du développement durable, Montreal
2016 Blank Page, Maison de la culture of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montreal
2015 Ritual, Maison de la culture – Historic Chapel, Montreal
2014 The Unknown Theories, Bas-Saint-Laurent Museum, Rivière-du-Loup
2014 Fragments of Identities, R3 Gallery at the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières
2014 Psychic Study, Exhibition Center of Repentigny
2013 The Skin, National Exhibition Center, Jonquière
2012 Art in the Form of Science, Museum of Fine Arts of Mont-Saint-Hilaire
2012 Paper Theories, EAO Gallery at the Ottawa School of Art (ON)
2012 The Unknown Theories, House of Arts of Brompton, Sherbrooke
2012 Deconstruct the Chaos, Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Montreal
2021 (coming soon) Lethbridge Exhibition Center, Montréal
2020 Booth 07 (virtual edition), Alfa Gallery, Miami (USA)
2019 MTL +, Environment museum, Biosphere of Montreal
2017 Aluminum Art Fair and Symposium, Helix Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (USA)
2016 SPACE 8, Museum of Fine Arts of Sherbrooke
2016 Daily Poetic Composition, Youn Gallery, Montreal
2015 Red Carpet for the Young Collection, Museum of Fine Arts of Mont-Saint-Hilaire
2015 Anniversary Exhibition 10 years, Laroche/Joncas Gallery, Montreal
2015 Overpass, UQAM Gallery, Montreal
2020 (coming soon) Residency Program on Digital Art, SAGAMIE Center, Alma
2019 Residency Program, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont (USA)
2017 Residency Program, Zocalo Print Artist Center, Longueuil
2016 Residency Program, ECC Center, Montreal
2015 Performative Residency Program Metamorphosis, Studio 303, Montreal
ART FAIRS AND BIENNIALS
2021 (coming soon) Biennial of Quebec – Manif d’art, Quebec
2019 Paper Art Fair (virtual edition), Montreal
2019 Paper Art Fair, Grand Quai of old-port of Montreal
2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto (ON)
2018 Seattle Art Fair, Seattle (USA)
2018 Paper Art Fair, Arsenal, Montréal
2018 The Contemporary Art Fair, Saint-Lambert
2017 6th Biennial Drawing, Museum of Fine Arts of Mont-Saint-Hilaire
2015 Art on Paper Fair, Miami (USA)
2015 5th Biennial Drawing, Museum of Fine Arts of Mont-Saint-Hilaire
2021 (coming soon) Encan le Printemps du MAC, Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal
2016 MACL Auction, Museum of Contemporary Art of the Laurentides of Saint-Jérôme
2016 Ephemeral Installation at the Chromatic Event, Montreal
2015 Founder of the LAB/Drawing collective, Montreal
2019 VSC Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont (USA)
2020 The Practice of Paper – Artist’s monograph
2015 Case study – Academic publication
Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts of Mont-Saint-Hilaire
Cirque du Soleil