Guillaume Lachapelle’s artistic practice is shaped predominantly by sculpture, expressed in the form of installations and detailed miniature models. Lachapelle presents playful universes which combine objects of undetermined purpose; in this way, he opens the conventions of our reality to fresh disposition. The architecture of his models – which Lachapelle has recently begun to make with the help of the latest 3-D printing technology – shows motifs originating from the everyday, certainly, but seeming strange, alienating or even uncanny when combined as the artist chooses. A kind of transition between two worlds often appears in Lachapelle’s work – for example when the model of a library filled with books curves inwards and reveals a mysterious opening pointing into darkness – these are the artist’s references to spaces and occurrences which may be concealed below the surface of outward semblance.
Guillaume Lachapelle holds a fellowship from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec and is a guest at Künstlerhaus Bethanien residency program in Berlin. Recently, he completed two permanent public sculptures in Montreal; one in Belmont Park and the other at the Père-Ambroise library.
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