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Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machine Magic

An online supplement to the Winter 2012 issue of Canadian Art
Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Thorax</em> 2010 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York Jean-Pierre Gauthier Thorax 2010 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Thorax</em> 2010 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

Few might think of a janitor’s room with a motley cache of industrial-grade cleaners, spray bottles, metal lockers, toilet brushes and mops as an ideal site for a sculptural intervention—except, perhaps, Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier. Indeed, Gauthier’s installation Le grand ménage, a highlight of the 2000 Biennale de Montréal, brought this exact space alive in an uproariously inventive display of clanging, bubbling and whirling kinetic activity. It was a work that cemented Gauthier’s reputation as an artist to watch, and, as writer Katie Addleman reports in our Winter 2012 magazine profile “Ghost in the Machine,” he has continued to bring that same playfully sophisticated edge to everyday materials in the years since. Here, a survey of images and videos offers a look at the mechanical poetics of Gauthier’s sculptural practice from Le grand ménage to his latest solo exhibition in June 2011 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Le grand ménage 2000

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Le grand ménage</em> 2000

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Le grand ménage 2000

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Hommage au chien qui jappe/Tribute to the Barking Dog 2004
Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Hommage au chien qui jappe/Tribute to the Barking Dog</em> 2004
Jean-Pierre Gauthier Hommage au chien qui jappe/Tribute to the Barking Dog 2004
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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Battements et papillons/Beats and Butterflies 2006 Courtesy Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Battements et papillons/Beats and Butterflies</em> 2006 Courtesy Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Battements et papillons/Beats and Butterflies 2006 Courtesy Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Chants de travail 2007 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Chants de travail</em> 2007 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Chants de travail 2007 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Nul/Flirting With the Puck 2008 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Nul/Flirting With the Puck</em> 2008 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
Jean-Pierre Gauthier Nul/Flirting With the Puck 2008 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Turbulures 2008 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Turbulures</em> 2008 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
Jean-Pierre Gauthier Turbulures 2008 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Stressato 2010 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Stressato</em> 2010 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Stressato 2010 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Thorax 2010 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Thorax</em> 2010 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
Jean-Pierre Gauthier Thorax 2010 Installation view Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Hypoxia 2011 Detail Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Hypoxia</em> 2011 Detail Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
Jean-Pierre Gauthier Hypoxia 2011 Detail Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York
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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Sweeping Spirals 2008–11 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier <em>Sweeping Spirals</em> 2008–11 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier Sweeping Spirals 2008–11 Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery New York

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This article was first published online on November 29, 2011.

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