It was not only when I first started to travel that photography was of prime importance. In my Parisien teenage years I used to spend time at the Cinémathèque du Palais de Chaillot and take photographs in the streets of Paris with friends.
Later travelling lent itself to this practice and because of this travelling some people have seen in the work the eye of a “flâneur”. It was only in 1982 that the desire to study Visual Arts came to me; first at the University of Ottawa and then at the Sorbonne in Paris in Art History. Those years of study confirm the documentary orientation already taken earlier.
In a village in the west of France where I lived for nine years it was possible to do a photographic study of the surrounding rural area in its pre-industrial agriculture state, and the book “Repères Quotidens” was published. While on short trips, some small projects came to light: Totem on Elgin Street, Ferry tail, Constructions Ephémères, and a long series of images on mail boxes.
Sabbatical years from teaching have allowed me to complete some themes and take images of new ones in many different places such as Tunisia, South-East Asia, China, Yemen and the south of France. More recently I have started to use digital photography to work on projection inside and outside on different material.
See bottom for more information, images and video on other websites.
"Crossing the great waters,Traverser les grandes eaux", Gallery Arcturus Toronto, May 3 to June 14, 2014.
"Le temps soustrait la vérité aux atteintes de l'envie et de la discorde", Médiathèque de Gignac, February 14 to March 22, 2014.
FAVA (Visual Arts Festival), Caraquet, June 2013.
"Traverser les grandes eaux, Crossing the Great Waters", Confédération Centre Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI, June 12 to October 10, 2012.
"Ferry Tail" part of "Minding the Light" organised by the Museum and Heritage Foundation at the Confederation Centre, October 2011 to March 2012.
Participation in "Art in the Open", August 27th in Charlottetown and "Nocturne", October 15th in Halifax with a digital projection "Sculpture in the Park", images of sculptures from Parisian parks.
Residency at the Théâtre de la Fonderie au Mans and exhibition at Galerie Municipale de la Mairie du Mans, "Quatre vents", February to August, 2011. (Guest of Honour at Puls'art Visual Art Festival).
Farmer's Bank, Acadian Museum, Rustico, Gallery 18 and Farmer's Market, été 2010.
"Berlin to Brackley Beach via Beijing and Crete", Howes Hall Gallery, Brackley Beach, August 2009
"Attendant Spirits", Galerie F92, Berlin, Germany, August to October 2008.
"Photographie 101: Push the Button", 130 photographs by 58 Canadian and international artists over the last 140 years. Confederation Centre gallery. May to September 2008
"Mayday, Mayday, Islanders at Work", Municipal Gallery, Summerside, June, 2007, "The Construction of Islandness", Kier Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July, 2007."Que défendirent-ils?" Galerie phot’eil, Fabrezan, visual projection for the Commemoration of the 1907 wine producer revolt.
"Murs, Murs", A projection exhibition at the Confederation Centre, Charlottetown (Toronto, Sana’a, Charlottetown and Paris) November to December 2005
“Errance", Gallery Arcturus, April to June, 2005; "Sauta Roc" Galerie municipale de St-Guilhem-le-Désert, France, June 2005.
“World Enough, and Time”, Annex Art Centre, Toronto, December, 2004.
“Livre d’ heures ", FAVA (Visual Arts Festival), Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada, July, 2002.
“État des Lieux”, Art Gallery of the University of Moncton, New Brunswick; “Illuminations, Enluminures” Library of the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, January, 2002.
“Illuminations”, Lunenburg Gallery, Nova Scotia, Canada, September 2001.
“Sud-est, Est" (Southeast, East); Fondation Avicenne, Paris, November, 2000.
"Trees and Hedges", Exhibition to present a Land Art Project.; Gallery in the Guild, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Proposition to plant a twelve kilometer hedge; (three levels of vegetation with trees from the primitive Acadian forest) along the periphery of Charlottetown. May, 2000.
"Points Cardinaux", (Cardinal Points), Institute of Fine Arts, Sfax Museum of Mahdia, Tunisia, March-April, 1998. Municipal Gallery, La Chapelle-des-Marais and Pornichet Municipal Gallery, Pornichet, France, June to September, 1998.
“Repères Quotidiens”, Exhibition at the Médiathèque of Le Mans, France on the occasion of the publication by the Médiathèque of a book of photographs from the exhibition. It documents the village of Villaines-la-Gonais where Cruchet and Cullen lived and worked for nine years. June to September, 1998.
"Ferry Tail", Gallery in the Guild, Charlottetown, Canada, September, 1997.
"Repères Quotidiens", University of Maine, France, February, 1996, Priory of Vivoin, France,May-June, 1995, Exhibition at Canada House, Cité universitaire, Paris ,1995.
“Totem sur la rue Elgin”, Gallery am Weissensee, Berlin, June, 1994.
“Constructions Ephémères”, Le Mans, France 1993, Angers, France
“Champs animaliers", Angers, France.
Solo and group exhibitions in Bogotá, Charlottetown, Paris and Toronto, 1982-1985.
Education Licence and Maitrise in Art History, University of Paris 1, La Sorbonne, Paris; Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa, Canada.
Work in public collections National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Art Bank of Prince Edward Island; Museum of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Foundation for the Study of Objective Art: Gallery Arcturus, Toronto; Museum of the Post, Paris; Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Quebec; Historical Library of the City of Paris (BHVP) and the Médiathèque of the city of Le Mans.
More on previous exhibitions by Dominique Cruchet:
Exhibition catalogue for "Traverser les grandes eaux, Crossing the Great Waters":
Previous installation of the exhibit:
"Le temps soustrait la vérité aux atteintes de l'envie et de la discorde", Médiathèque de Gignac, 2014: http://georgescruchet.wix.com/cullencruchet-gignac
“Errance" at Gallery Arcturus, April to June, 2005:
“État des Lieux”, Art Gallery of the University of Moncton, New Brunswick, 2002:
More information plus slideshows of Dominique's work:
Banque des oeuvres d'art de l'Ile du Prince Edouard - Island Art Collection
A photo essay by Cruchet on the ferries that formerly crossed the Northumberland Strait, via YouTube: http://youtu.be/igj10xjkpjY
"Ferry Tail" book http://www.blurb.ca/b/3237894-f-e-r-r-y-t-a-i-l-1-9-9-6