Philippe Caron Lefebvre

Giving great importance to material and form, Philippe Caron Lefebvre artistic approach is essentially defined by the use of sculpture, drawing, installation and video. The core of his practice is nourished by nature, design and science fiction. In addition, he is fascinated by how systems are built around us, creating works where there is a relationship to power. Whether in a representation of a position of authority or in a symbolic representation of a defensive force, this correspondence to power seeks to alter our perception of his work and even more, the relationship we have with our environment. Guided in part by technique and in another part by conceptual intuition, Caron Lefebvre uses different strategies to implement his approach such as: the juxtaposition of anachronisms, the exploration of the sculptural surface and the formal innovation affiliated with design. His artworks are usually staged in a context mixing the aesthetic of an industrial workshop, a natural history museum and of a dystopian science fiction world.

Born in Saint-Sauveur (Quebec), Philippe Caron Lefebvre lives and works in Montreal. He holds a BFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a MFA from Concordia University. Caron Lefebvre actively exhibits his work in Canada, Mexico and Japan. His most recent individual exhibitions include Mimetic Yoke (Galerie Nicolas Robert, 2017), Instinct I (Sporobole, 2016), Instinct II (Galerie McClure, 2016), La position de l’apex (Optica, 2016) and more. In the last few years, his work has also been seen in numerous collective exhibitions including Huile de Coude at Atelier Gris (2016), Pyramide at l’Œil de poisson (2015), Peinture fraîche et nouvelle construction at Galerie Art Mûr (2014).


Selected Artworks


+ CV

Born in Saint-Sauveur (QC)

Lives and work in Montréal (QC)

EDUCATION

2016 - MFA, Concordia University, Montreal (QC)

2010 - BFA, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal (QC)

RESIDENCIES

2018 - Banff Centre, Canada

2015 - Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan

2014 - Research and creation residency, VON, Cuernavaca, Mexico

2013 - Research and creation residency, El Cholula Studio, Mexico

2011 - Production residency, support for emerging artists, CLARK, Montréal (QC)

2009 - Produire et Expirer, laboratoire de création, La Baraque, Montréal (QC)

COLLECTIONS

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

Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides

Deloitte

GRANTS AND DISTINCTIONS

2017 - Bourse Plein sud, Longueuil (QC)

2017 - Brett Littman Jury Award, Art Olympia International Art Competition, Tokyo, Japan

2017 - Research and Creation Grant, Canada Art Counsil

2015 - Mobility Award, Concordia University, Montréal (QC)

2015 - Traveling Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

2015 - Traveling Grant, Canada Art Council

2014 - Conference Grant, Mexico, Concordia University

2013 - Young Visual Arts Artist from the Laurentides region, Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides

2013 - Research and Creation Grant, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec

2010 - Le prix d’excellence Robert-Wolfe, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal (QC)

+ Solo Exhibitions

2018 - Cycles, Centre Plein-Sud Art Actuel, Longueuil (QC)

2017 - Joug mimétique, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2016 - Instinct II, McClure Gallery, Montréal (QC)

2016 - Instinct I, Sporobole, Sherbrooke (QC)

2016 - La position de l’apex, Optica, Montréal (QC)

2015 - Fathomless, Galerie Fofa, Université Concordia, Montréal (QC)

2015 - Shibuya, dreams and scapeshifts, Gallery Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan

2014 - Insondable, Musée d’art Contemporain des Laurentides, St-Jérôme (QC)

2014 - Préface, Usine C, Montréal (QC)

2014 - Thanatopsis, CIRCA art actuel, Montréal (QC)

2011 - Essaim mythique, Centre d’exposition de Val-David, Val-David (QC)

+ Group Exhibitions

2017 - The Adjacent Possible (TAP-1), curated by Marx Wilson, Montréal (QC)

2016 - Huile de coude, Atelier Gris, Montréal (QC)

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

2015 - Pyramide, curated by Samuel Roy-Bois, L’oeil de poisson, Québec (QC)

2015 - You Maniacs you blew it up!, curated by Gillian King, PDA Projects, Ottawa (ON)

2014 - Dessins de sculpteurs, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2014 - VON , curated by Marcelino Barsi & Minerva Ayon, U. CMAEM, Cuernavaca, Mexico

2014 - Playlist, galerie antoine ertaskiran, Montréal (QC)

2013 - D3 Drawing Lab Dessin, MFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal (QC)

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

2013 - Peinture fraîche et nouvelle construction, Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal (QC)

2013 - Statuts et postures, Caravansérail, Rimouski (QC)

2013 - New Shit, El Cholula Studio, San Andrès Cholula, Mexico

2013 - No tengo tiempo. Museo Erasto Cortez, Puebla, Mexico

2012 - Filigrane, benefit exhibition, CIRCA art actuel, Montréal (QC)

2012 - Latitude L, Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal (QC)

2012 - Collectionner, Maison de la culture Rosemont, Montréal (QC)

2012 - Jusqu’à épuisement des stocks, Galerie B-312, Montréal (QC)

2011 - Ambiguïtés, benefit exhibition, CIRCA art actuel, Montréal (QC)

2011 - Pavillon levé, CIRCA art actuel, Montréal (QC)

2010 - Première Impression, Galerie Arprim, Montréal (QC)

2010 - Peinture fraîche et nouvelle construction, Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal (QC)

2010 - Passage à découvert, Galerie de l’UQÀM, Montréal (QC)

2010 - Déjà vu, Complot 7, Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal (QC)

2009 - Du pain et des jeux, Chat des artistes, Montréal (QC)

2008 - Paramètre, Galerie de l’UQÀM, Montréal (QC)

2008 - Passage(s), Centre d’artistes L’art passe à l’est, Montréal (QC)

Presse et publications

2016 - Delgado, Jérôme, "Entre mer et monde (de l’art). Philippe Caron Lefebvre fait partie des artistes de la relève les plus prometteurs et prolifiques", Le Devoir, February 13, 2016.

2016 - Bélanger, Gentillane, "Philippe Caron Lefebvre, La position de l’apex, Optica, centre d’art contemporain, Montréal / Instinct, Sporobole, centre en art actuel, Sherbrooke", esse arts + opinion.

Fecteau, Cynthia, "Philippe Caron Lefebvre : Instinct", Espace : Art actuel, no.114, fall 2016, p. 92-94.