ALEXANDRE CASTONGUAY


 
Elements

artengine.ca/acastonguay

Éléments (detail), 2004-2005, 8 channel interactive installation, computers, modified projectors
lenses and video, installation view at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2005)
 

BIOGRAPHY / HIGHLIGHTS / WORKS FOR SALE  /  PFOAC EXHIBITIONS  / LINKS  /  ARTIST'S C.V.


BIOGRAPHY

Alexandre Castonguay works in new media. His work uses both obsolete technology and open source software. This choice provides a perspective on the artistic uses as well as on the discourse (both artistic and corporate) surrounding media art and the commercialization of the tools with which it is normally practiced. This critical point of view is informed by his role as a founding and active member of the not-for-profit media lab Artengine, which seeks to explore the artistic potential of new technologies while addressing concerns of inequality of access to media tools. Recent works occupy the uneasy space between the exploitation and criticism of media art practices. Works he judges as successful display a closed logical loop while inviting the viewer into an apparently open and interactive system.

Castonguay has shown his work in many national museums and on the international scene, such as the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, Medienkunstlabor in Graz, Austria, at ARCO in Madrid, Spain, Art Forum Berlin in Germany, at New Media Beijing in China, at Piksel 06 in Bergen, Norway, and at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City. His work is included in important public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Canada Council Art Bank, as well as numerous private and corporate collections.

His work is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Fondation Daniel Langlois, and others.


HIGHLIGHTS

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Digitale   Chutes

Digitale, 2003-2004, upholstered bench, integrated touch screen
Kodak Brownie box camera, video projection, computer, edition
of 2, produced in collaboration with Mathieu Bouchard
 
Waterfall (Chutes), 1995-2003, eight channel video installation
with thirty television monitors, 230 x 350 x 240 cm, collection of
the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
     
Portapak   Écran

Portapak, 2005, suitcase, integrated touch screen, video projection. computer, 126 x 58 x 56 cm, edition of 3, collection
of the Ottawa Art Gallery and La Caisse de dépôt et placement
du Québec
 

Genérique, 2001, computers, software developped by the artist, video projector, amplifier, speakers, video camera, produced in collaboration with Mathieu Bouchard, collection of the Musée
d'art contemporain de Montréal

     
Drawing by Numbers   Drawing by Numbers

Drawing by Numbers, 2007, electronics, computer, PureData programming software, produced in collaboration with Mathieu
Bouchard and Ken Campbell
 

Drawing by Numbers (detail)

     
Tafel   Cube

Tafel, 2009, blackboard, chalk, robotics, software, cell phone,
internet, installation view, Inventions, Pierre-François Ouellette
art contemporain as part of the Elektra festival (2009)
 
Cube, 2005, c-print, 122 x 280 cm, edition of 5, collection of the
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and the Collection Prêt
d’œuvres d’art, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec


WORKS FOR SALE

For a current list of works in inventory please click here


PFOAC EXHIBITIONS

October 2016 - "Bordering the Fantastic" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
September 2013 - "Inscriptions" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
June 2010 - "Looking Back" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
March 2009 - "Inventions" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
October 2007 - "Toronto International Art Fair" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
August 2007 - "Encodeurs," (duo with Darsha Hewitt, Alexandre Quessy, Mathieu Bouchard and Ken Campbell), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
December 2006 - "Works on Paper" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
November 2006 - "Toronto International Art Fair" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
July 2006 - "Verdure" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
April 2007 - Art Chicago (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
January 2006 - "Works on Paper" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
February 2006 - "ARCO Madrid" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
October 2005 - "Carte blanche à Alexandre Castonguay" (duo with Ross Birdwise), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
September 2005 - "Art Forum Berlin " (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
March 2005 - "DiVA Fair" (duo with Marc Audete), New York, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
October 2004 - "Toronto International Art Fair" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
June 2004 - "Digitale" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
November 2003 - "Toronto International Art Fair" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
May 2003 - "Chutes" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
December 2002 - "Traces" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
November 2001 - "Générique" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain




LINKS

page about Tafel, by Alexandre Castonguay, on the 2011 Transmediale (Berlin) website
video of a performance by Alexandre Castonguay at the Society for Arts and Technology (Montreal) 24 March 2010
Éloi Desjardins. "Alexandre Castonguay, dessinateur numérique" Espace Sculpture, n° 83, 2008, p. 44. (in French)
Sylvain Campeau. "Ce moment où la lumière reprend ses droits" ETC, n° 75, 2006, p. 54-56. (in French)
Isa Tousignant. "Alexandre Castonguay launches the season in visual arts: In his Elements" The Hour (Montreal) 1 September 2005
Sylvain Campeau. "Alexandre Castonguay, Digitale" (exhibition review) Ciel Variable May 2005 (in French)
Christine Redfern. "Digital man about town" The Mirror (Montreal) 24 June 2004
Véronique Tomaszewski Ramses. "Générique : deux oeuvres-installations d'Alexandre Castonguay à Toronto" Liaison, n° 118, 2003, p. 33.
Order publications about Alexandre Castonguay's work from ABC Art Books Canada



ARTIST'S C.V.

click here to download the artist recent C.V. (08/2013)


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