La Clef – works by Lyne Lapointe


Artist Biography: 

Lyne Lapointe’s career dates back to the early eighties, when she rapidly made a name for herself as one of the most promising artists of her generation. Between 1983 and 1994, Lyne Lapointe created ground-breaking sight specific works in collaboration with critic and artist Martha Fleming. These public art projects took place in abandoned buildings in Montreal, as well as in New York, London, Madrid and São Paulo. Lapointe has since moved from this collaborative undertaking and, in 2002, a survey of her solo work was organized and toured by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, followed by a number of individual and group exhibitions across the country and abroad. Lapointe’s work is included in major Canadian public and private collections.

The following exhibit was shown at the SBC galerie d’art contemporain in Montreal, from Septermber 24 to October 25, 2008 and included a special musical performance with Jean Derome, Saturday, September 27, 2008.  


La Clef

La Clef is a kinetic installation made up of eight elements featuring diverse musical instruments, mechanisms, electric motors, and mixed media. The instruments include a cither, a mandolin, an accordion and a rain maker. In the series, Ms. Lapointe focuses on automata and the damaged body. She probes the fallible machinery of the human body, which, despite all, withstands accidents and the imperfections it is fraught with.

Jean Derome is a saxophonist, flutist, composer and improvisational musician, a member of a number of jazz ensembles, and the founder of the Ambiances Magnétiques label.

He is as a major creative force in the current Quebec music scene and has participated in numerous international projects. His improvised performances create an artistic dialogue with the works of Lyne Lapointe. The eclecticism and plurality of the acoustic and visual languages is unique to these artists.   (Extracted from text by:  SBC galerie d’art contemporain)

All Photos:  Lyne Lapointe.   La Clef, Courtoisie de SBC galerie d’art contemporain, photo : Bettina Hoffman, 2008.