Laurent Lévesque: in a state of weightlessness

Laurent Lévesque: en état d’apesanteur

The exhibition “Out in space” is presented at the Musée régional de Rimouski until 26 January.

22 October 2019 22h29

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Laurent Lévesque: in a state of weightlessness

Laurent Lévesque: en état d’apesanteur

Johanne Fournier

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RIMOUSKI — “Since the beginning of my practice, I am interested in our relationship with nature. When you work in the arts, it is our relationship with the landscape, space, time, light, our own presence in space.” This is how the visual artist Laurent Levesque described the exhibition presented by the Musée régional de Rimouski until 26 January. Questioning its presence in the virtual space, it is as well that has taken form as “spacewalks”.

“There are plenty of questions in this exhibition, then, raises the artist from Lanaudière. The title refers to a statement I made in 2015, as a flash of lightning. I realized that there were ways very close to represent the night sky and the Internet. When one represents the night sky, it represents a space that is inhabited by the empty, where there are points that are linked between them by lines. We imagine the lines in the constellations. It is our gaze […]. It is not capable of understanding the depth. When we look at the night sky, you look straight through time. […] In the case of the Internet, it is also that : it is a representation that is close to a large space that knows no boundaries.”

Outputs in the space offers photomontages, video combined with a sound environment, as well as an installation and digital prints. A sculpture stands in the middle of the square. “It is an installation of glass which is simply an accumulation of slats of glass, which intersect and which form a prism through which we can see a kind of undefined,” says Dr. Lévesque.

“The works are very material, […] then we are talking about concepts extremely abstract, Web, Internet, and everything that happens behind the screen […], emphasizes the exhibition’s curator, Eve De Garie-Lamanque. We talk about concepts rather philosophical and anchor in something very concrete […]. This is it, the tour-de-force of Laurent! […] It oscillates between these two spheres, and it presents us with works that are quite disconcerting because they are located in the margins of the possible. […] There is a work of a monk!”

The exhibition is the result of two residencies for research and creation that have made Laurent Lévesque and Eve De Garie-Lamanque set in 2017 and 2018. “The collaboration of a curator-an artist was not the one usually in the framework of an exhibition”, said Ms. Garie-Lamanque. Outputs in the space is part of the second phase of the project Lumens that, in 2016, had been introduced to the luminous installations of the same artist in the windows of three flagship locations in Rimouski. The works of Laurent Lévesque have been presented across Quebec and Ontario as well as in France and Peru.

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