Guy Laramée

Guy Laramée begins with vintage books and transforms them into stunning landscapes. He is attracted to the timeless qualities of nature. There is a spiritual element to his ideas and approach, and it is reflected in the contemplative serenity of his altered books.

His work originates from the concept that one gains true knowledge through erosion, not accretion. The work sparks such questions as: Is there too much data? Are we drowning in a sea of answers? Why are we obsessed with knowing so many things? Could you know more about the world by knowing less? Are we losing ourselves?

In his work, mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are—mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then, they flatten and become fields, where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias, inevitably, do not need to say anything.

Laramée’s work is about making us feel more alive. It is about feeling this incredible force that won’t stop after your body dies—that will keep inventing new forms, new species, new opportunities. It is about opening your eyes, as if for the first time. It is about losing yourself in the landscape and, paradoxically, finding that you are the source of it all.

To learn more about Guy Laramée, please visit www.guylaramee.com.


Guy Laramée

Born: Erables, Montreal. Lives/works: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Guy Laramée received a BFA and a MA, in anthropology, from Concordia University, Montreal, and a MA, in visual arts, from UQAM, Montreal. He has received more than thirty arts grants, and was awarded the Canada Council’s Joseph S. Stauffer Award for musical composition. His work has been presented in the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Latin America. Parallel to his artistic practice, he has pursued investigations in the field of anthropology. Ethnographic imagination is an important characteristic of his artistic work. Although his work has been presented in museums and galleries, its appearance in the context of a gallery exhibition is relatively new.

Laramée’s work can be found in the public collections of Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Acor Library, Amman, Jordan; Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec; Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec; and numerous private collections.


Community Partners 2017