À tes dépens si tu te perds
Originally from Montréal, Renée Lavaillante is known for her drawing practice, which she explores in a variety of forms, from drawing on paper to drawing-installation, to in situ drawing. Her work has been presented in numerous solo exhibition, including Marcher - tracer : Rome et autres projets, Plein Sud, Longueuil (2008) ; Travaux à l’aveugle, Korea University Gallery, Seoul (2007) ; Je ne suis pas partie d’un seul, La Nube di Oort Gallery, Rome (2007) ; Jardin de Gabrielle, Sylviane Poirier art contemporain (2004) and Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay (2005), Montréal. She has participated in several group exhibitions such as Faire comme si tout allait bien, Skol, Montréal (2007); Dessins de la Collection, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2005); Anima, g-39 Gallery, Cardiff (2005); Passion et tourment, Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke (2000); Le scénario visuel de la page, Bibliothèque nationale, Montréal (1999). In recent years, she has also done several artist residencies, including the European Centre for Artistic Activities, Strasbourg (2001), Studio du Québec à Rome (2005) and Musée d’art moderne de Collioure, France (2006).
—Opening Friday, February 20, 2009 AT 5 PM
Renée Lavaillante presents some of her drawings from À tes dépens si tu te perds, created while she was in residency at the Musée d’art moderne de Collioure, France (2006). The drawings evoke a cartographic route, a topographic survey, a geological section or an aerial view, but they are above all the result of the artist’s thought on the very act of drawing. The works are based on data collected during her conversations with hikers in the Collioure area, to whom she asked to described the route of one of their mountain treks. She adapted their oral description to a work on paper, drawing a line representing their route and repeating it until a landscape emerges.
—Summary of a text by JEAN-ÉMILE VERDIER