Laurent Lamarche

b. 1977, Montreal, QC.

For years, Laurent Lamarche has questioned the relationship between nature and artifice by producing fictional living organisms. Lamarche’s practice explores the following question, which is at the heart of his work: when blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, how does one conceive of a method that can express what remains beyond words. In order to address this question, Lamarche interrogates the relationship between art and science and how both disciplines study the transformation of matter. While scientists observe actual data, drawn from the visible and knowable, Lamarche explores this data in a way that allows him to elaborate a new scientific-artistic paradigm. By doing so, his work becomes inscribed in the realm of the possible or, in other words, of the fictional and the imaginary.

Laurent Lamarche is interested in constructing models of natural phenomena by investigating ideas and images that question our relationship to nature and current technologies. These investigations enable him to explore the porous boundaries between nature and artifice. The artist produces sculptures that evoke both microcosmic and macrocosmic worlds with their uncanny and hybrid forms. He uses recuperated transparent plastic wrappers and kinetic principles as his mediums, which allow him to create sculptural installations that question the conditions and stakes involved in transforming materials. He heats, glues, stretches, bends, twists, and folds the plastic in order to shape objects that trigger visual experiences that are out of the ordinary. His sculptures, photographs and installations evoke a variety of images that are closely linked to his investigations. Recently, Lamarche suggested new ways of experiencing natural phenomena (such as light diffraction, aurora borealis, and bioluminescence) by magnifying transparent materials and using lasers as part of his art practice. The organisms and phenomena in his work evolve in fictional worlds that blur the boundaries between art and science, nature and artifice.

Laurent Lamarche, who holds a MFA (2012) from the Université du Québec à Montréal, works in photography, sculpture and installation. His works have been presented in group and solo exhibitions in Quebec and abroad (US, Spain, Denmark, China, Italy) and they are part of many private and public collections (notably those of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Cirque du Soleil, Loto-Québec, Tourisme Montréal and University of California—Berkeley.

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