Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, a trained photographer working in the electronic arts milieu and the music industry, is obsessed by the resonances of the relationship between sound and image and by audio-visual technologies. The corpus Wonders of a Transient Universe is an expanded version of the exhibition Living in Different Worlds, presented at Galerie Donald Browne in 2011. The artist’s exploration of materiality and visual language of music began in the exhibition Long Jeux/LP shown in Berlin in 2009.
With Wonders of a Transient Universe, Coutu-Dumont explores making the visible audible and vice versa, through a stripping down of the performance space as well as the capturing and manipulation of forms from large-scale shows. Coming from this milieu, Coutu-Dumont is sensitive to its questions and brings the sublime aspects of these events into focus, which ultimately serves as spiritual rites or golden calves in honor of the fourth art. Mirrors, deep blacks and other beams of light embody the experience of this parallel world, flirting with esotericism and science fiction. The current body of work, composed of photography, sculpture and etchings, oscillates between gravitas and gratuity, the trivial and spiritual, combining fantasized worlds of plasticity and metaphysics.
Gabriel Coutu-Dumont presents two concurrent solo shows in Montreal: Wonders of a Transient Universe at Phi Center, and a new photographic series titled The Way of the Willows at Galerie Donald Browne.