Patrick Coutu. The Attraction of the Landscape

Curator: Charlotte Lalou Rousseau

From October 5 2019 to January 5 2020

About —

This exhibition presents a selection of new and recent works by multidisciplinary artist Patrick Coutu. Comprising sculptures, works on paper and textiles, The Attraction of the Landscape makes connections among different facets of the artist’s research, which is inspired by natural phenomena and their scientific representations.

Coutu’s recent practice has explored mathematical concepts meant to represent processes like plant growth or tornado formation. His artworks invoke systems, randomness, unpredictability and chaos. He deploys them spatially and materially, as strategies for making landscapes.

Both abstract and firmly grounded in materiality, Coutu’s works, whether two- or three-dimensional, probe the construction of form. Through seemingly simple gestures, the artist reveals the complexity of seascapes and underwater formations, of landscapes whether rugged or luminous. A fold stands in for the horizon, an algorithm plants a garden.


Join us for the vernissage on October 5 at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all!


Image in the banner

© Patrick Coutu, Éruption II, 2017, brass, 213.30 x 91.44 x 6.35 cm. Photo: Jimmy Limit


With the support of the Fondation du Musée d’art de Joliette.


Biography —

Patrick Coutu (b. 1975) lives and works in Montreal. He holds a bachelor of fine arts, with a specialization in sculpture, from Concordia University.

His sculptural work is both two- and three-dimensional; it questions the processes behind natural structures, and is inspired by research aimed at understanding those processes. Recently he has focused on mathematical models, working toward an explanation of the development of natural structures by translating the models into physical form.

His work is found in several private, institutional and museum collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. In the spring of 2016 he unveiled a permanent piece, Le jardin du sculpteur, on the Parizeau terrasse at the new Pierre-Lassonde wing of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. He is represented by Division Gallery in Montreal and the Choi&Lager gallery in Cologne, Germany.