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Gwenaël Bélanger
From January 13th 2006 to February 18th 2006
Courir les rues

When one says of something that it is run of the mill — literally, court les rues, or “runs the street” —, we mean that it is ordinary, common, that we don’t even notice it any more. The expression also evokes the idea of coursing through, searching for something, as courir les bois or courir la ville [running/searching through the woods, the city]. I therefore decided to literally run (or ride) through the streets with the aim of revealing elements of the decor that surrounds us and goes unnoticed. With a 35 mm camera equipped with a motor and transformed for the occasion into a mini-kinematograph, I wanted to seize the notion of movement and time. The chosen point of view isn’t head-on, showing what we’re going toward, but lateral, parallel to one’s trajectory, showing precisely what we usually miss. The experience takes the form of long panoramic shots bearing witness to the variable distance travelled. As Ed Ruscha did in Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966), the image shows an impossible point of view, as if it wanted to stretch the borders of the frame. Strange perceptions then emerge, of crisscrossing distorted perspectives, of conflicting vanishing points, a movement that makes foreground elements disappear and the background come to the fore.
- Gwenaël Bélanger

Gwenaël Bélanger lives and works in Montreal. His work was presented in a solo exhibition at centre des arts actuels Skol (Montreal), Galerie Graff (Montreal), and Engramme (Quebec City). He also participated in several group exhibitions, including the triennial L’art qui fait boom! (2003) and Manif d’art 3 (Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec, 2005), where he garnered the Prix du public. He is currently completing a master’s in visual arts at Université du Québec à Montréal. He is represented by Galerie Graff.

www.gwenaelbelanger.com


Bibliographie
- «Fast Forward», Canadian Art, vol. 22, no 4, hiver 2005, p.22.
- Bouchard, Marie-Ginette, «Perpectives Fantasmagoriques», Vie des Arts, no 201, hiver 2005-2006, p.22.
- Delgado, Jérôme, «Faire les trottoirs», La Presse, 3 février 2006, p.9.
- Mavrikakis, Nicolas, «Gwenaël Bélanger», Voir, 12 janvier 2006, p.49.