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Guillaume Lachapelle

Giullaume Lachapelle’s objects are small. They are models that propose the core vision of reduced architectural views of an experimental design. Lachapelle works like a translator. He encodes certain conditions and offers them as an objective form. „In my work I create metaphors developed from familiar motifs. The elements and objects used are rearranged and transformed into fantastic micro-universes: they embody certain states of mind and reveal a subliminal and disturbing dimension of everyday life.“
The pure white objects, created with 3D printing techniques, appear as blanks. The new, artificial white medium may seem strange at first to the observer, as it either leaves behind a sterile and technical impression or one of a very sublime excellence, depending on the object – that fluctuates between strangeness and gracefulness. Their potency is thus increased as a formula and strengths their ability as an archetype.
The material repertoire of Lachapelle’s language is industrial. Scaffoldings and building parts such as shafts, balconies, facade fragments can be found in his works. In addition to the functional objects such as, wheelchairs, urinals lanterns, doors, windows, staircases, shelves, walls and the like, which are combined into unique structures that seek to amaze and amuse their audiences. Quotes from classical architecture, such as those from the fundus of futuristic and science-fiction clichés, are not a poetic repertoire.
The human is undoubtedly contained inside the objects that are hollow; which is the intention and theme behind of the works. In order to test the potential presence of the people, Lachapelle investigates the figure from all points of view. As a result, the human figure becomes a case study of one’s state of mind, as seen in »Pipe dream«. The indirect representation of hopelessness, vanity, and impotence that Lachapelle is able to formulate through his cleverly developed pictorial metaphors partly achieve a similar impression of the nightmarish hopelessness of Franz Kafka in his parables. One may also be reminded of the comparatively strong and surreal imagery of René Magritte or Max Ernst. With the use of the surreal and the absurd combination or fragmentation to the witty paradox, Lachapelle makes more than an amusing senselessness; it is a differentiated depository of mental states.

Lachapelle’s latest works consist of mirrors. Though they are not used for self-reflection, instead Lachapelle builds mirrored surfaces in order to create infinite views and corridors. The elements of a room such as columns, vaults, lamps and shelves begin to multiply within the small space of a box like kaleidoscope, though convey large spaces through the illusion of a labyrinthine style building. Long tunnels and wide cabinets are endlessly visable – but are not nonexistent!
Lachapelle leaves traces of the traditional art object as final and deliberate.

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1974
Born in Stoke, Québec
1994
DEC Fine Arts Cégep de Sherbrooke
Guillaume Lachapelle lives and works in Montreal, Canada.
1998
B.A. Visual arts at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Publications

Guillaume Lachapelle: Derrière la façade 2014. Art Mûr.
Guillaume Lachapelle 2011. Gesine Borcherdt, Daniel Canty.
Confluences 2009. De l’île à la mer. Bernard Lamarche et Ève Dorais.
Québec Gold 2008. André-Louis Paré, Jean michel Ross, Bernard Lamarche.

exhibitions (selection)

2017
»ILLUSION – Moving Space« Kunst Kraftwerk. Leipzig (G)
2016
»In The Making« R E I T E R Berlin prospect (G)
»Night Shift« Art Mûr. Montréal. Canada
»Sighthings 17« Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Montreal, Canada (G)
2015
»Personal Structures - Crossing Borders« in the context of the 56. Biennale di Venezia. European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo. Venice, Italy (G) (C)
»ten of cups« maerzgalerie. Leipzig (G)
»5544 impossible« maerzgalerie. Leipzig (G)
2014
»Visions« maerzgalerie, Berlin
»Visions« Art Mûr, Montreal. Canada (C)
»Lieu de Passage« Kunstverein Gera
2013
»Fictions architectoniques« Musée des Laurentides, St-Jérôme. Canada
»Machinations« Ottawa School of Art. Canada
»La sculpture en temps et lieux« CIRCA exhibition center, Montreal. Canada (G)
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York. USA
»intro« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2012
»Filigrane« CIRCA exhibition center, Montreal. Canada (G)
»ART-O-MATIC« Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo. Canada (G)
Supermarkt, Berlin (G)
»Under the radar« Guided by Invoices gallery, New-York. USA (G)
2011
CIRCA exhibition center, Montreal. Canada
Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin (C)
»Mens-moi/Please lie to me« Art Mûr gallery, Montreal. Canada (G)
»Salon du printemps« Sherbrooke Fine Arts Museum, Sherbrooke. Canada (G)
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton. Canada (G)
2010
»Machinations« Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal. Canada
»House Beautiful« Macdonald Stewart Art Center, Guelph. Canada (G)
»Hantise« Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal. Canada (G)
2009
»En pure perte« Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal. Canada
»Métaphores« CIRCA exhibition center, Montreal. Canada (G)
»Confluences« Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal. Canada (G) (C)
»Confluences« Rimouski Museum, Rimouski. Canada (G)
»Pour l’art« Galerie B-312, Montreal. Canada (G)
2008
»Québec Gold« Ancien collège des jésuites, Reims. France (G) (C)
»Abracadabra« Edward Day Gallery, Toronto. Canada (G)
2007
»Prêt-à-porter« Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal. Canada
»En construction« Stewart Hall, Pointe-Claire. Canada (G)
2006
»Manèges« CIRCA exhibition center, Montreal. Canada
»Art Fiction« Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal. Canada (G)
2004
»Instruments« Orford Arts Center. Canada
»Passages avides« Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal. Canada
2003
»Instruments« Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal. Canada
2002
»Maison de la culture« Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal. Canada
»Salle comble« Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal. Canada (G)
2001
»Structures de l’Invisible« Vaste et Vague artists center, Carleton. Canada
2000
»PASSART« Rouyn-Noranda exhibition center. Canada (G)
»10« Vaste et Vague artists center, Carleton. Canada (G)
1999
»Opening exhibition« Art 3 Amériques Gallery, Montreal. Canada (G)
Salon National des Galeries d’Art du Québec, Montreal. Canada (G)
1997
»DAVE CANEM« (multimedia event, video projection), Montreal.Canada (G)
1996
video projection event. Stornaway Gallery, Montreal. Canada (G)
»Bourse Ivanhoé Fortier« UQAM. Canada (G)
1995
»Tant qu`à Fer« UQAM. Canada (G)
»Ad Deliroro« (artistic performance) Espace Libre, Montreal. Canada (G)
(G) group exhibitions (C) catalogue

Scholarships/Grants

2011
Artist residency. Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin
Artistic research and creation. Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
2010
Creation/production, Artistic research and creation. Canada Council for the Arts. Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
La façade. Bibliothèque père-Ambroise. Montreal. Canada
2009
L’attente, Parc Belmont. Cartierville. Montreal. Canada
Artistic research and creation. Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
2006
Creation/production, Artistic research and creation. Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
2004
Artistic research and creation. Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
2000
Artistic research and creation. Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
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Guillaume Lachapelle News

James Nizam »Sundial« 2013, archival print on fibre paper, 122 x 152 cm
11-01-2017 – 11-25-2017

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  • Guillaume Lachapelle

»The Tip of the Iceberg« curated by Anais Castro . Bermondsey Project Space

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Guillaume Lachapelle »The Cell« 2013, mixed media, 30 x 30 x 30cm
01-21-2017 – 11-12-2017

  • Guillaume Lachapelle

»Moving Space« Kunstkraftwerk . Leipzig . Opening 19th of January 6 pm . exhibition participation

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