Since the mid-1990s, Jean-Pierre Gauthier has made a name for himself on the contemporary art scene with his highly inventive work. His kinetic installations are the result of deep research into the metaphorical and sonic potential of found objects, and inject humour and poetry into his highly rigorous and exploratory practice. With rare ingenuity, they summon and confront the viewer with notions of order and chaos, permanence and fragility, performance and gratuitousness. In addition to his sculptural work, improvisational sound performances—either solo or with other musicians—are also an integral part of his practice. Gauthier’s installations arouse a wide range of visual, kinetic, and aural stimuli that build in intensity to the point of near vertigo.

Portait of Jean-Pierre Gauthier.
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay (2007)