On View: Marc Courtemanche, The Studio, 2008 - ongoing. Stoneware, porcelain, glaze, metal, rope. Photo by Justin Wonnacott.
Trained in sculpture, Courtemanche (L’Ange-Gardien, QC) works across disciplines, translating techniques from one tradition to another. Using his skills in woodworking, he works with clay as if it were wood, but closer inspection reveals them to be made of fired clay.
Although trompe l’oeil is at play, Courtemanche’s aim is to momentarily confuse rather than trick the eye, so as to highlight how ubiquitous objects are made. A ceramic chair highlights how chairs are made rather than how they are used.
In addition to expanding the vocabulary and range of ceramic techniques, Courtemanche’s pieces are philosophical gestures, which lead one to question both what they are and what differentiates real things from their representations, and what separates art, craft, and manufactured objects.
You can check out The Studio in Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, on now at CUAG until September 14, 2014.