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“Finir” de Raymond Gervais

April 11th, 2012 - May 25th, 2012

Raymond Gervais, Finir (To End), 2012
Raymond Gervais, Finir (To End), 2012

Opening on April 11th from 6pm to 10pm

« In partnership with the Canadian cultural centre »

A major artist on the Canadian art scene, Raymond Gervais’s practice inscribes itself within the main trends in contemporary art and current artistic production through its ties with conceptual and performance art and the exploration of sound. Raymond Gervais has been creating installations and performances in the visual arts field since 1973. From his earlier sound-related work, the artist has moved towards a primarily silent form of work since 1990, ‘visual’ sound having prevailed ever since.  

Written like a score, the installation places Debussy and Beckett in dialogue, re-staging them towards the end of their creative process, at the point when they were respectively asking themselves how they should finish, wondering about the possible failure of their production, and therefore wondering “how” and “what to do” — because finishing still entails doing something. Taking certain lines from one of the last texts Beckett wrote, and Debussy’s last three sonatas, imagined yet never composed, to produce both concrete and figurative resonances between the two approaches, Raymond Gervais left any possible ending or completion pending by accomplishing an artistic gesture which is itself located somewhere between being and non-being.  Jacinto Lageira, Art critic

  • On April 11th at 7:30pm: Performance by Frédéric Fisbach 
  • On May 9 at 7:30pm: Performance by Sylvain Chauveau 
  • On May 23rd at 7:30pm: Performance by Remy Héritier 
  • Saturday April 14th from 10 am to 12.30 pm: L’Atelier (age group 6 to 10 years)

Hands-on art workshop for children, with Raymond Gervais and Hélène Duplantier

Advance booking is essential: contact@rosascape.com

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