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Vague
2012
Patrick Coutu

Patrick Coutu détient un baccalauréat en arts-visuels de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (1997), une maîtrise du Glasgow School of Art (2003) et de l’Université Concordia (2005). Depuis 1997, il participe à plusieurs expositions au pays et à l’étranger, notamment à la Galerie René Blouin (2010), au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada (2008), au Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008), au Musée du Québec (2002). Ses oeuvres font partie de collections publiques (MACM, MNBQ, MBAC, Ville de Montréal) et privées (BNC, SITQ).

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Category
Sculpture
Acquisition mode
Purchase
Materials
bronze
Overall size
168 x 204 x 178 cm
Location
Location
Location
Banque Nationale head office
Localization
Level A
Adress
600, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, Montréal, QC H3B
Accessibility
Access during opening hours
Tours
Tour
Tour
Promenade Fleuve-Montagne
  • 21 Artworks
  • 1h30min
  • River Threshold – Old Port of Montreal
  • Mountain Threshold – Peel entrance of Mount Royal Park

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Artwork description

Patrick Coutu, whose work focuses on structure, is fuelled by a desire to better understand how our environment—both natural and man-made—is constructed. He has recently been concentrating on mathematical models to explain the workings of natural creations, using simple equations and geometric shapes to produce complex end-results.  His sculpture Vague is a fusion of both these interests, seeking to illustrate in mathematical terms how nature is ordered.

Inspired by the Golden Number ((1+ Ö5)/2, or 1.61803399…), which is widely found in both natural and human designs, Vague is constructed from two components (+ and – signs) that are constantly repeated to create the final form. Together, they form a sort of language within the sculpture itself, suggesting both upward and downward movements as well as horizontal motion. This bi-polar universe can be seen as an analogy for the economic system and its fluctuations.