Caroline Cloutier

Caroline Cloutier is interested in the reflective function that inheres in specular and photographic images, and in their ability to evoke virtual spaces. In recent years, she has used mirrors and large-scale photographic prints as a device for breaking up the architectural volumes of exhibition spaces. Her photographic installations attempt to deconstruct these spaces, to reveal them as mise en abyme. Thus sculpted with new hollows and multiple surfaces, the spaces of her interventions become the locus of a truly upended reality, a virtual space of indeterminate boundaries into which the body is inscribed by mental projection.

Worked into the architecture of the spaces they occupy, Caroline Cloutier’s photographs create illusions that break through the walls, unlocking virtual mazes and passageways. For those who give themselves over to it, these spaces afford a contemplative experience, free of representation that allows one to imagine what may be discovered beyond the image. Traversing these insubstantial gateways of graduated light enable viewers to revolve into a world of their own, a reflection of their own psyche.


Selected Artworks


+ CV

Born in Montréal (QC)

Lives and works in Montréal (QC)

EDUCATION

2018 - Ongoing MFA, Concordia Université, Montréal (QC)

2009 - BFA, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal (QC)

2005 - D.E.C. Fine Arts, Cégep Montmorency, Laval (QC)

COLLECTIONS

Collection Prêt d’œuvres d’art, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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RESIDENCIES

2018 - Invisible Dog Center, Brooklyn (USA)

2017 - British School at Rome, Rome, Italy

2016 - Atelierhaus Salzamt, Kunstsammlung des Landes OÖ, Linz, Austria

2016 - Parc National du Gros-Morne, The Rooms, Saint-John's, (NL)

2016 - Centre Sagamie, Alma (QC)

2014 - Atelierhaus Salzamt, Residency program, Linz, Austria

2014 - Symposium International d’art-nature multidisciplinaire de Val-David (QC)

2012 - Sagamie, Alma (QC)

2011 - Atelier Graff, Montréal (QC)

2009 - La Baraque, Montréal (QC)

GRANTS AND DISTINCTION

2017 - Research residency Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2016 - International residency Grant, Conseil des arts du Canada

2016 - Studios and Residency Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2016 - Development Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2014 - Project Grant, Conseil des arts du Canada


2014 - Nominee / Best Exhibition in an Artist-run Center — Montréal, Gala des arts visuels


2014 - Residency Grant, Bureau culturel du Gouvernement de la Haute- Autriche

2013 - Research and Creation Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


2012 - Traveling Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


2011 - Research and Creation for Emerging Artist Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


2009 - Project Grant, Association facultaire des étudiants en arts, UQAM


2007 - Internship in artistic development Grant, Office Québec Wallonie-ruxelles pour la jeunesse, Belgium

+ Solo Exhibitions

2019 - Upcoming, Galerie Nicolas Robert

2018 - UPCOMING, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY (USA)

2017 - Énigmes de l'ombre et de la lumière, with Martin Désilets, curated by Francine Paul, Plein Sud, Longueuil (QC)

2016 - Contre-espaces (déploiements), Vu Photo, Québec (QC)

2016 - Contre-espaces, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2014 - Vertige, Centre Clark, Montréal (QC)

2014 - Vertige: les miroirs, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2014 - Les Sabliers, Centre Diagonale, Montréal (QC)

2012 - Dédale, CIRCA art actuel, Montréal (QC)

2010 - Apprivoiser le familier, Centre d’artistes Action Art Actuel, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC)

+ Group Exhibitions

2018 - Volta New York, Curated by Re-sited (William Stover and Melissa Bianca Amore)

2017 - March mostra, British Scool at Rome, Rome, Italy

2016 - Illusion, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2015 - Zones!, curated by Stephanie Chalut, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal (QC)

2015 - Moving Still / Still Moving, curated by Anaïs Castro, Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal (QC)

2014 - Symposium International d’art-nature multidisciplinaire de Val-David, curated by Chloë Charce & Guy Sioui Durand, Vald-David (QC)

2013 - La sculpture en temps et lieux, curated by Lise Lamarche, CIRCA art actuel, Montréal (QC)

2013 - Anagramme d'une chaise, curated by Louise Viger, MC Mont-Royal (QC)

2013 - Autour de l'UQAM, curated by Jacques Champagne, Galerie d'Este, Montréal (QC)

2012 - 4ième Biennale du dessin, Musée des Beaux-arts du Mont Saint-Hilaire (QC)

2012 - Lieux communs, Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal (QC)

2012 - Des choses suspendues, curated by François Chalifour, Mois de la fibre et du texile presented by Diagonale, Maison de la culture Côte-des- Neiges, Montréal (QC)

2010 - Comme une poignée de flèches, curated by Louise Viger, Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal (QC)

Presse and publications

2016 - Choquette, Emmanuelle, "Contre-espaces : Caroline Cloutier", Espace art actuel, No 114, p. 100.

2014 - Grondeau, Chloé, "Manon Labrecque et Caroline Cloutier : De cris et de vertiges", Espace art actuel, No 107, p. 67-69.

2014 - Pohl, John, "Caroline Cloutier's Vertige calls out for empathy", The Gazette, January 31, 2014.

2014 - Charron, Marie-Ève, "Trompe-l'oeil et automates", Le Devoir, January 25, 2014.

2014 - Mavrikakis, Nicolas, "Pleins feux sur la pépinière du Pôle de Gaspé", Le Devoir, January 11, 2014.

2014 - Urban, Jason, "Caroline Cloutier's Vertige" PRINTERESTING, February 13, 2014.

2013 - Hudon Laroche, Annie, "Chronique numérique : Caroline Cloutier", Art le Sabord No 96, November 2013.

2013 - Granjon, Émilie et Fabienne Claire Caland, "En blanc...", Vie des Arts No 229, Winter 2012-2013.

2013 - Daigneault, Gilles, "Des fictions architecturales", Espace Sculpture No 102, Winter 2012-2013.

2012 - Desjardins, Éloi, "Portfolio : Caroline Cloutier", Galeries Montréal, September 2013.

2012 - Desjardins, Éloi, "Visite d’atelier [partie 3] Caroline Cloutier", Un show de mot'arts, July 24, 2012.