Guillaume Légaré was born in Québec, Canada. He used to work and live in Paris. There, he had the opportunity to participate in several residency projects and exhibitions in France and close countries. In 2010 he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he is living and working now.
My artistic work shows an interest in folk objects, stories and sounds, based on imaginary facts rather than on real facts. In some aspects, my proposals tend to fictional actions, showing the backside of surreal inventions. Like a popular encyclopedia, those “objects” come from imaginary inventions. My first intention for The Wassaic Project was to make an oversized slingshot, evocating the question of how rocks and stone can move in the land. Then, this first idea bifurcates to a few others: Could I catapult myself using this slingshot? Could stones move by themselves or not? In fact, it is by building the slingshot as an installation established through these fake situations, that I suggest that stones can move, not only in my mind but through documentation: photography, collage and video. In the short video called The Moving Rock, the object is seen as a paradoxical assumption relying on the suggestion of the impending stone projection, in opposition to the real slowness of geological displacements.
Guillaume Légaré attended The Wassaic Project with support of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.