Alexandre Castonguay: Digitale
ABOUT THE SHOW
The gallery Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present the solo exhibition entitled Digitale by Alexandre Castonguay (in collaboration with Matthieu Bouchard) from June 17 to September 11. The exhibition will feature his latest interactive work integrating tactile screen technology. During the course of the Summer, we will also unveil two new large digitally-edited photographs from his Constructions series. In Digitale , the digital and analog modes of representation are put into play. Expectations of spectacle, responsiveness and quick gratification of the former are thwarted by the slow, deliberate development of the latter. The viewer's touch embodies the image while pressing a shutter initiates a distantiation from our representation. The design, reminiscent of modernist utopias of access and equality, determines the behavior and experience of the viewer. Alexandre Castonguay's is also exhibiting Generique (2001) at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Le Dessin des passions (1998) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
For the past 10 years or so, Alexandre Castonguay has produced a multidisciplinary body of work centred around digital photography, video, computerized installation and the Internet. A native of the Outaouais region, where he lives and works, Castonguay teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. He is also a founding member and the artistic director of Artengine, a website run by and for visual and media artists. A politically committed artist, he contributes to developing the field of free software. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Québec, across Canada and abroad, notably in New York, Los Angeles, Santiago and Mexico City.
VIEWS OF THE SHOW
Campeau, Sylvain. CV ciel variable, Alexandre Castonguay, Digitale, 66, p32-33
Dault, Julia, The National Post, In charge of the moment, August 5, 2004, p.B6
Lehmann Henry, Digital - You can interact by taking pictures yourself, The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday July 17, 2004, p2
Lamarche Bernard, Le Devoir, Digitale, les samedi 17 et dimanche 18 juillet 2004, E5
Lamarche Bernard, L`Agenda Le Devoir, Digitale, , les samedi 17 et dimanche 18 juillet 2004, p4
Crevier Lyne, ici, Le Paradis, du 15 juillet au 21 julillet 2004, pg 35
Crevier Lyne, ici, Tactilement vôtre, du 1er juillet au 7 juillet 2004, pg 34
Delgado Jérôme, La Presse 2, Un écran à notre image, du 8 juillet au 14 juillet 2004, pg 5
Redfern Christine, The Mirror, Digital man about town, Jun 24-30.2004 Vol. 20 No. 1