November 13, 2006
by Canadian Architect
This exhibition at Le Centre d’exposition de l’Universit de Montral will run from November 16 to December 17, 2006, and the opening reception of the exhibition will be held on November 15 at 5:30pm.
The exhibition’s curator Georges Adamczyk, who is also the director of the Universit de Montral’s School of Architecture, invites you to share in the photographic journey of Marc Cramer. His work highlights eight recent projects created and constructed by Montreal-based architects, and this photographic inquiry focuses on the production of four Qubcois firms: Atelier TAG, Provencher Roy et associs, Saia Barbarese Topouzanov, and Saucier + Perrotte. These projects also involved the collaboration of other firms including: Beauchamp et Bourbeau, Desnoyers Mercure, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, Menks Shooner Dagenais Letourneux, and Ttreault Parent Languedoc.
Cramer’s unique photographs do not simply depict buildings: they avoid simple visual descriptions of subject matter and instead focus on the tectonic and plastic details, which according to the artist, are the invisible gems of these large constructions. Cramer decomposes the image of the buildings and disengages from their figurative and referential weight in order to reconfigure an abstract composition that becomes in and of itself an autonomous work of art. The exhibition presents over 60 photographs along with the artist’s working notes. There will also be a description of the dynamic nature of the artist’s journey within the buildings visited and recorded through photographs.
Born in France, Marc Cramer began his career in Europe, but it is in Qubec, where he has lived since the 1970s, that his career has reached its full potential. He is the winner of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qubec, and has participated in both group and solo exhibitions of his photographic work. His photos appear regularly in architecture and design magazines in Canada, the United States and Europe, and teaches his craft at the Universit de Montral.
In collaboration with the artist, this exhibition is possible thanks to the cole d’architecture de l’Universit de Montral and the Laboratoire d’tude de l’architecture potentielle (L.e.a.p.).
The Centre d’exposition de l’Universit de Montral is located in the Facult d’amnagement, at 2940 Cte-Sainte-Catherine (Universit de Montral metro station). It is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, from noon to 6:00pm. Admission is free.
For more information, please visit www.expo.umontreal.ca.