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Alain Paiement

Alain Paiement YULFLY, 2016 Impression numérique sur papier coton archive  Digital print on archival cotton rag paper Éd. 5 Image : 142 x 182cm (56” x 71 3/4”) Papier_Paper : 152,5 x 190,5 cm (60” x 75”)

Alain Paiement
YULFLY, 2016
Impression numérique sur papier coton archive
Digital print on archival cotton rag paper
Éd. 5
Image : 142 x 182cm (56” x 71 3/4”)
Papier_Paper : 152,5 x 190,5 cm (60” x 75”)

Alain Paiement Voisinage contextuel, 2016 Impression numérique sur papier coton archive Digital print on archival cotton paper Image : 142 x 213 cm (55,9” x 83,9”)  Papier_paper : 152 x 223 cm (60” x 88”)

Alain Paiement
Voisinage contextuel, 2016
Impression numérique sur papier coton archive
Digital print on archival cotton paper
Image : 142 x 213 cm (55,9” x 83,9”)
Papier_paper : 152 x 223 cm (60” x 88”)

Alain Paiement, Pluriels, 2015 Impression jet d’encre sur polyester Ink jet prin on polyester 248 x 312 cm (98 ‘’ x 123 3/4 ‘’)

Alain Paiement, Pluriels, 2015
Impression jet d’encre sur polyester
Ink jet prin on polyester 248 x 312 cm (98 ‘’ x 123 3/4 ‘’)

Alain Paiement Instantanés, peut-être (exposition solo) Instants, Maybe (solo exhibition) 2015, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement
Instantanés, peut-être (exposition solo)
Instants, Maybe (solo exhibition)
2015, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement Fatras, 2015 Transfert sur aluminium Transfer on aluminium Éd. 2 296 x 383 cm (116 1/2” x 150 3/4”)

Alain Paiement
Fatras, 2015
Transfert sur aluminium
Transfer on aluminium
Éd. 2
296 x 383 cm (116 1/2” x 150 3/4”)

Alain Paiement Images en limbes, 2015 Impression numérique sur papier archive Digital print on archival paper Éd. 5 111 x 179 cm (43 3/4” x 70 1/2”)

Alain Paiement
Images en limbes, 2015
Impression numérique sur papier archive
Digital print on archival paper
Éd. 5
111 x 179 cm (43 3/4” x 70 1/2”)

Artist statement

For almost thirty years, Alain Paiement has been a key figure in contemporary Canadian photography. He researches the possibilities of how photography unfolds through time and space and translates this into images. Through installation, photo series, and video, Paiement experiments with perspective, telescopic views and lenses, as well as scanning, to explore the constantly changing relationship between the subject, its gaze and its environment.

Throughout his career, Paiement has shown interest in the representation of the world in motion at a micro level, by mapping architectures with aerial views, and at a macro level, by sampling representations of solar and lunar cycles. Recently he has created digital installations based on medical and scientific imagery pulled from NASA’s open source databases on the Web. He has also turned his attention to the depths of the ocean to capture videos of the hypnotic ballet of the moon jellyfish, and pieces of ice adrift on the Saint-Lawrence River. In parallel to the reanimation of still images, the effects of false stereoscopic photographs, and infinite loops, in this body of work there underlies an ecological commentary on the growing latent threat of global warming.

Paiement’s current research is motivated by the idea of temporality and the question of how we exist in time. His latest series to come out of this exploration manifests itself by means of overlapping different moments within the creative process itself (recent manipulations of old photographs, for example). These works reflect on the instantaneous nature of contemporary culture and the importance of the present in linking society to its past and to its immanent future.

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d'installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d’installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d'installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d’installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d'installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement, Irréversibles (vue d’installation _ installation view), 2014, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Alain Paiement Doubles lunes, (stéréoscopies asynchrones) 2012 Épreuve numérique aux pigments montée sur alupanel Digital pigment print mounted on alupanel Éd. 5 + 1ÉA_AP 46 x 46 cm (18” x 18”)

Alain Paiement
Doubles lunes, (stéréoscopies asynchrones)
2012
Épreuve numérique aux pigments montée sur alupanel
Digital pigment print mounted on alupanel
Éd. 5 + 1ÉA_AP
46 x 46 cm (18” x 18”)

Biography

Alain Paiement (b. 1960) holds a BA and MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal where, since 2005, he has taught photography at the École des arts visuels.

Paiement’s work has been presented in numerous exhibitions since the 1980s throughout Canada and the United States, but also in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His work has frequently featured in exhibition catalogues, monographs and articles in various media and specialized journals. He has also produced many public art works, notably Tessellations sans fin (2012) at the CHUM Research Centre in Montreal.

Alain Paiement has received numerous prizes in contemporary photography, including being selected as a finalist for the prestigious ScotiaBank Photo Award in 2012. His work is held in the major private and public collections in Belgium, Spain, the United States, and Canada, where, among other institutions, his work has been collected by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal and The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa. Alain Paiement is represented by Gallery Hugues Charbonneau in Montreal.

Alain Paiement Arrangement According to Nature (Monsieur), 2010 Impression digitale Digital print Édition 5 122 x 165 cm (48” x 65”)

Alain Paiement
Arrangement According to Nature (Monsieur), 2010
Impression digitale
Digital print
Édition 5
122 x 165 cm (48” x 65”)

Alain Paiement Arrangement According to Nature (Madame), 2010 Impression digitale Digital print Édition 5 122 x 165 cm (48” x 65”)

Alain Paiement
Arrangement According to Nature (Madame), 2010
Impression digitale
Digital print
Édition 5
122 x 165 cm (48” x 65”)

Alain Paiement Fractal Palace, 2001 Impression archive au jet d’encre  Archival inkjet  print Édition 3 122 x 137 cm (48” x 54”)

Alain Paiement
Fractal Palace, 2001
Impression archive au jet d’encre
Archival inkjet print
Édition 3
122 x 137 cm (48” x 54”)

Alain Paiement Diamant (version plane), 1999  Jet d'encre, papier semimat, montage carton et plexi Ink jet print, semi-matt paper, mounted on board and plexi Édition 3 165 x 110 cm (65 x 43 1/4”)

Alain Paiement
Diamant (version plane), 1999
Jet d’encre, papier semimat, montage carton et plexi
Ink jet print, semi-matt paper, mounted on board and plexi
Édition 3
165 x 110 cm (65 x 43 1/4”)

Alain Paiement Grand Amphithéâtre - According to Horizon, 1989 Épreuve gélatino-argentique  Gelatin silver photograph 30” x 50” x 4”

Alain Paiement
Grand Amphithéâtre – According to Horizon, 1989
Épreuve gélatino-argentique
Gelatin silver photograph
30” x 50” x 4”