Catherine Landry and Gabriel Lapierre are both students in the baccalauréat en art of the UQÀM École des arts visuels et médiatiques. In the context of a course entitled "Problematique of sculpture: public spaces", dispensed by the artist and professor Stéphane Gilot, they have been able to participate to a contest developed in partnership with the Darling Foundry in order to conceive the semi-permanent artwork that will integrate the Place Publique during summer 2018. Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, all of the students of this course were able to conceptualize, develop and defend their projects in front of the class, and then in front of an external jury of specialists. During the jury examination, students have presented the concept, the model, the samples and the budget of their projects. The winners Catherine Landry and Gabriel Lapierre benefit thus from a logistical and financial support by the Darling Foundry to produce their Générateur Spectaculaire.
The recurring themes of Catherine's creation are related to gender stereotypes in today's society. She criticizes the popular culture that maintains problematic statements and contributes to creating a collective imaginary which is harmful to many marginalized communities. By using an attractive aesthetic to draw public attention, Catherine leads this one to question. Since she often works with the self-portrait, there is a performative aspect in her video and photographic works. These mediums allow her to create attractive and fantastic environments where she can perform. The male paradigm progressively appears in her research. By working this way, Catherine reverses the domination still present in society to create projects where the man is objectified by her artistic point of view. She also works with silver photography and craft techniques. Through pottery, Catherine questions the place of minor arts, traditionally done by women in the institutionalized artistic environment.
Gabriel mainly works on the idea of perception reappropriation. Among others, he uses systems inspired by Western occult traditions (sigils, tarot, alchemy, talismans...) and is also interested in theories about located points of view and by the placebo effect. Gabriel tries to provide a work with political implications closely tied with his lifestyle. He has been performing on the musical stage of punk and underground folk in Quebec and in the North of the U.S for more than six years.
Ode à l'extase, video project broadcasted on the mosaic of the Place des Arts