Mario Côté is a painter and video director who lives, works in Montreal and teaches at Université du Québec à Montréal. His works depict landscape elements through which the boundaries between painting, photography, sound and video are blurred. He nevertheless attempts to differentiate between the different types of media. A sort of battle takes place in Mario Côté’s works, in which all elements want to coexist thus shaking the pictorial tradition caused by the manipulations in video montage and photographic reproduction techniques.
Côté’s painting which is largely influenced by video work as process, procedure and activity, aims at creating certain conditions to define new forms of subjectivities. His recent works mark a turning point in his representation of sound.
His works consist in transcripting sounds, sometimes lasting only a couple seconds, in a pictorial proposal. His works are usually divided into three horizontal layers – which are themselves fragmented by vivid colored blocs – inside of which appear graphic translations of noises or electronic sounds. Yet these different sonar graphics are not literal transcriptions of recorded sounds but free translations forming a visible code.
|2011||Vie des Arts | Jean De Julio-Paquin|
|Mario Côté | Quand une musique devient peinture | 1 janvier
|Les tranferts esthétiques | 15 février
|2005||Le Devoir | Bernard Lamarche|
|Des généalogie qui parlent | 16 avril
|2004||Vie des arts, no 193 | Jean-Émile Verdier|
|L’OEil complice, le catalogue à l’épreuve de la lettre | 1 novembre
|2004||Vie des arts | Julie Lussier|
|Paysage(s) | 1 octobre
|2003||Etc Montréal | Joanne Lalonde|
|Vidéo et figures de la réappropriation | 21 septembre
|2003||The Gazette | Henry Lehmann|
|A threat to innocence | 15 février
|2002||Le Devoir | David Cantin|
|À quoi ressemble le réel ? | 16 novembre
|2002||La Presse ||
|Sons et images | 6 avril
|2002||Séquence, | Claire Valade|
|Ceux qui cherchent, Les nouvelles images, le cinéma d’art… | 1 mars
|1998||Le Devoir | Bernard Lamarche|
|Le mensonge de la couleur | 23 mai
|1998||Canadian Art ||
|Abstract Painting Peinture Abstraite | 1 janvier
A beautiful catalogue featuring all the interventions of the roundtable that took place in the gallery during the last Mario Côté exhibition just got launched during the ARC_PHONO colloquium, the UQAM research group Côté is leading. Copies are available at the gallery; let us know if you want to take a peak!
Mario Côté's book Voir la musique entendre la peinture will be launched on September 13th at Agora Hydro-Québec/Hexagram UQAM. The launching is one of several events organised by ARC_PHONO. You can download the whole programming here.
The new website of Mario Côté has just been posted! Discover 25 years of creation in pictures and the various research groups in which the artist is involved by clicking here.
Hozhro, cantate scénique, a film directed by artist Mario Côté is presented March 18th at Cinémathèque québécoise during the 30th edition of the FIFA Montreal (Festival International du Film sur l'art). To learn more about the film, click here.
On the occasion of the exhibition Palais de Mari / Tableaux augmentés of the artist Mario Côté, a round table discussion on the American composer Morton Feldman takes place at Galerie Trois Points on October 22nd. The participants engage in discussions and debates relating to Feldman’s production – notably the Palais de Mari piece – and talk about the relations between this work and the visual arts.
Several spokespeople in the fields of music and visual arts are invited to participate in this round table discussion. Philip Gareau, musicologist and author of the book La musique de Morton Feldman ou le temps en liberté will approach the context of creation of Palais de Mari, evoke the composer’s passion for the visual arts, and will also touch upon the topic of Middle-eastern rugs, in relation to the work. The composer Alexis Raynault will analyze the original musical score. Chantale Laplante, also a composer, will talk about the influence of Feldman on Côté’s own work. Fanny Mesnard, a painter, will be interested in the process of translation from one discipline to another, while Sophie Castonguay, painter and performer, will engage in a conversation based on indeterminate questions and answers with the artist Mario Côté.
You can see here photos of the event ...