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Quelques vautours / Some Vultures 2001 – 2003

Rober Racine
April 24 – May 23, 2009

Opening reception:
Friday, April 24, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Artist Statement

“The artist is here to present visions, to transcend reality and shed new light on it. He is like a test pilot. He is constantly pushing the boundaries in exploring the world and the infinite. His role is to capture and grasp what cannot otherwise be discerned. He must keep his contemporaries in constant contact with light and poetry. He creates links between the visible and the invisible, between what is heard and unheard, he whispers secrets, uncovers mysteries, enlivens the senses, communicates the existence of the sacred. He must touch people’s hearts, the music within them. He must be completely open, attuned to all that surrounds him, prepared at any moment to receive a signal, a wave, an image from somewhere, and to give it life. He must reveal the slightest hint, the slightest sign of an emerging thought.

If his act of creation encourages others to create, to explore, to love, to go forward; if he can provide a little silence and respite, create true calm, then the artist is on the right path: he awakens us and, at the same time, makes us dream.”

Rober Racine, Magazine Voir, November 11-17, 1993

Rober will be performing with Fortier Danse-Creation in “Cabane” presented by New Dance Horizons April 23 and 24, 2009 at 8 pm.

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Born in Montreal in 1956, Rober Racine is an artist, writer and composer.

He studied literature, art history and film at the Universit de Montral and then devoted himself to artistic creation. As an artist, he has created over fifty visual works since 1973, including Gustave Flaubert : Escalier Salammb, Le Terrain du Dictionnaire A/Z, Les 1600 Pages-Miroirs, Le Parc de la langue franaise, Selena, Les Voiles de la Lune, Spica, L’le des Commencements, Quelques Vautours, Fantasmes Fragiles, La Fin des Vautours , which have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in the North America, Europe and Asia, notably at the Venice Biennale in Italy(1990), in Sydney, Australia (1990), and at the Documenta 9 in Kassel, Germany (1992). In 1984, he produced a video : J’aurais dit Glenn Gould, commissioned and presented by the Western Front of Vancouver.

As a writer, he has published five works since 1992, including three novels (Le Mal de Vienne, L-bas, tout prs, L’Ombre de la Terre), a dramatic work (Le Coeur de Mattingly), an essay (Le Dictionnaire), and literary and creative texts.

He has composed thirty musical works (La Musique des mots de la langue franaise, Les Signatures Sonores), several of them written specifically for great choreographers (Marie Chouinard, douard Lock, Paul-Andr Fortier, Ginette Laurin, Franoise Sullivan, Jo Lechay).
He has produced six documentaries and radiophonic works for Radio-Canada, notably Les Btisseurs de dictionnaires, Vladimir Janklvitch et ses livres sur la musique, La musologie est-elle un luxe, oui ou non ?, Signatures sonores no.4; a video: J’aurais dit Glenn Gould, and a work for the Internet : Des Insectes aux toiles. He has choreographed two solos works for female dancers : La jouissive pour Elle d’Elge and Entre deux silences.

He has taught visual art at the Universit de Montral and at Universit du Qubec Montral.


  • In 1993, he was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for his novel, Le Mal de Vienne.In 1998, he was awarded the Association des galeries d’art contemporain Prix Louis-Comtois, for his body of work in the visual arts.
  • In 1999, he was awarded the Fondation mile Nelligan Prix Ozias-Leduc for his body of work in the visual arts.
  • In 2003, he was awarded the Acadmie des lettres du Qubec Prix Ringuet, for his novel L’Ombre de la Terre.
  • In 2007, he received the Prix Paul-mile-Borduas for the visual arts, the highest award given annually by the Government of Quebec in recognition of a remarkable career in arts and culture.
  • Rober Racine’s books are published by ditions du Boral and ditions de l’Hexagone.

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