Catherine Plaisance

Catherine Plaisance’s practice is characterized by an inquiry dealing essentially with the esthetics of catastrophe. To explore this topic, she uses various media, such as photography, video, collage, and drawing. Her recent work uses the properties of miniature to create scenes in which the landscape is disrupted by an event that suddenly upsets the normal unfolding of the way things go. These events then become an image, being retranscribed by photography and video. The transdisciplinary spatial set-up of these various retranscriptions puts forward the existence of different levels of reality, ruled by different logics. Her work has been shown, among other venues, at Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton, 2004), at the Maison de la culture Mont-Royal (Montreal, 2008), at Galerie SAS (Montreal, 2009), at Galerie Simon Blais (Montreal, 2011), at the VU Photo Centre as well as at La Bande Vidéo (Quebec City, 2012).

She has taken part in several group shows, including Manif d’art 3, the Quebec Biennial (2005), (Im)mortal Love International Biennial Warsaw (2007), Peep Art/Art Voyou (L’Écart, 2009), Crafting Romance (ATHICA, 2009), the 16th edition of the Biennale Internationale de l’Image de Nancy (2010) and La loi du nombre (Galerie Simon Blais, 2012). She was active in the artists’ collective Les Fermière Obsédées from 2001 to 2009. She has obtained grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts and was the recipient of the 2011 Sylvie & Simon Blais Prize for emerging artists. Catherine Plaisance holds a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM, which was financed by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture. She lives and works in Montreal and St-Pierre-de-Broughton, Qc, Canada.

Press Releases

2012 Le Soleil, Josianne Desloges
Catherine Plaisance: esthétique de la catastrophe (27 October)

2011 Le Devoir, Marie-Ève Charron
Drames latents ou survenus (3 September)

2011 Nightlife.ca, Natalia Wysocka
Catherine Plaisance joue avec les codes de la catastrophe (11 August)

2011 Progrès Villeray/Parc Extension, Anne-Laure Favereaux
Dramatique beauté : quand la catastrophe sert l'art visuel (19 May)

2010 Voir.ca/Québec, Sébastien Hudon
Prototypes d'une catastrophe annoncée (2 December)

2010 Le Devoir, Jérôme Delgado
Off, comme dans non officiel (14 May)

2008 Nightlife, Jérôme Delgado
Baisers publics - Recevoir les baisers de résistance (2 December)

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