A musician, critic and essayist, Raymond Gervais also worked in installation and performance. Starting in 1975, he developed a coherent and multifaceted aesthetic reflection centered on ideas such as the transmission of musical recordings via turn-tables, the notion of seriality, mass-production, historical references of a musical and cultural nature, and the sovereign power of the imaginary. Fascinated by the musical universe and the necessary omnipresence of its material objects—musical instruments, accessories, records, album covers, etc.,—he pursed minimalist and poetic formal explorations that combined the visual and the sonic within assemblages of connoted yet seemingly disparate elements.

Portait of Raymond Gervais.
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay (2017)