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Créer à quatre mains

Créer à quatre mains

Gaétan Berthiaume, Marie-Annick Viatour

Canada | 2020 | 4 min
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For 20 years, Quebec artist-sculptors Marie-Annick Viatour and Gaétan Berthiaume have been creating narrative works from turned, sculpted, and painted wood. This film was made entirely by the artists in their Longueuil studio during the spring 2020 lockdown. With no dialogue, it features only their hands working amid the noise of the machines or the silence of the studio. As part of the duo’s creative process, which feels something like a ballet, their works pass invariably from hand to hand until they are complete. The sculpture created before our eyes is an homage to the late Claude Lafortune, a paper artist who produced his works with nothing more than a pair of scissors. A parallel is naturally drawn with Don Quixote — a dreamer, at once innocent and idealistic, who had high hopes.
Also presented:
39th International Festival of Films on Art, Canada (2021)
Director Gaétan Berthiaume, Marie-Annick Viatour
Script Gaétan Berthiaume, Marie-Annick Viatour
Editing Gaétan Berthiaume, Marie-Annick Viatour
Artist Gaétan Berthiaume, Marie-Annick Viatour
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Gaétan Berthiaume

Gaétan Berthiaume

The benches of Concordia University first allowed the two artists Marie-Annick Viatour and Gaétan Berthiaume an encounter, then the sharing of a passion for old toys, the love of wood and articulated objects. Since then, in life as in creation, accomplices and complementary, they have joined their strengths and talents in the same artistic approach for the realization of unique works. Both have bachelor’s degrees in visual arts and have subsequently completed advanced courses in woodcarving. Over the years, Gaétan has continued his training with woodturning courses while Marie-Annick has continued to improve her wood painting technique.

Even as a child, Marie-Annick distinguished herself by being received as an honorary citizen of the city of Longueuil thanks to her illustration for the stamp of the International Year of the Child in 1979. In 2000, at the Matière à Vision IV exhibition, they received an honourable mention for their work Au fil de l’eau. In 2016, the city of Longueuil awarded them the Ambassador in Culture prize. Their unique approach to visual arts in Quebec has led to the creation of original sculptural works that fall within the realm of narrative art. Their works are all distinctive in their narrative conception that defines them completely and in their complex design.

The duo accompanies their first creations with short videos to illustrate the mechanisms of movement or the mobility of certain elements within their sculptures. Les Productions Viatour-Berthiaume, now has four short films including When Boucar Diouf fits into the wood…. Their thematic exhibitions and short films are presented in many exhibition and broadcasting venues in Quebec. They are accompanied by cultural mediation for audiences of all ages.

The artists are multiple recipients of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des Arts de Longueuil, and their works are part of the collection of the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, the Musée POP, the city of Longueuil and several private collections.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Créer à quatre mains (2020) ; La création artistique en temps de pandémie (2020) ; Quand Boucar Diouf s’intègre au bois… (2018) ; Sous l’écorce des mots de Kim Thúy (2016) ; La boîte à jouets de Fred, accompagnant l’exposition de Viatour-Berthiaume (2013).
Marie-Annick Viatour

Marie-Annick Viatour

The benches of Concordia University first allowed the two artists Marie-Annick Viatour and Gaétan Berthiaume an encounter, then the sharing of a passion for old toys, the love of wood and articulated objects. Since then, in life as in creation, accomplices and complementary, they have joined their strengths and talents in the same artistic approach for the realization of unique works. Both have bachelor’s degrees in visual arts and have subsequently completed advanced courses in woodcarving. Over the years, Gaétan has continued his training with woodturning courses while Marie-Annick has continued to improve her wood painting technique.

Even as a child, Marie-Annick distinguished herself by being received as an honorary citizen of the city of Longueuil thanks to her illustration for the stamp of the International Year of the Child in 1979. In 2000, at the Matière à Vision IV exhibition, they received an honourable mention for their work Au fil de l’eau. In 2016, the city of Longueuil awarded them the Ambassador in Culture prize. Their unique approach to visual arts in Quebec has led to the creation of original sculptural works that fall within the realm of narrative art. Their works are all distinctive in their narrative conception that defines them completely and in their complex design.

The duo accompanies their first creations with short videos to illustrate the mechanisms of movement or the mobility of certain elements within their sculptures. Les Productions Viatour-Berthiaume, now has four short films including When Boucar Diouf fits into the wood…. Their thematic exhibitions and short films are presented in many exhibition and broadcasting venues in Quebec. They are accompanied by cultural mediation for audiences of all ages.

The artists are multiple recipients of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des Arts de Longueuil, and their works are part of the collection of the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, the Musée POP, the city of Longueuil and several private collections.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Créer à quatre mains (2020) ; La création artistique en temps de pandémie (2020) ; Quand Boucar Diouf s’intègre au bois… (2018) ; Sous l’écorce des mots de Kim Thúy (2016) ; La boîte à jouets de Fred, accompagnant l’exposition de Viatour-Berthiaume (2013).

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