Patrick Lacasse & Alisdair MacRae

Perfect Music

March 21 to April 27, 2014

Image of a handmade percussion instrument made of carved wood, a strip of metal and a small mallet.

Marimba, 2013, wood and metal, 4.5 x 34 x 17 cm. Courtesy of the artists

Image of a handmade theremin made from wood and electronic components. A theremin creates sound by sensing the relative position of the user’s hands or body.

Theremin, 2013, electronic components and wood, 12 x 34 x 16 cm. Courtesy of the artists

Catalogue Excerpt

Lacasse and MacRae first collaborated in 2007 when they built an FM Transmitter for an installation piece, The African-American Spiritual, shown as part of the group exhibition Anthem, curated by Ryan Rice. Although they have not had another opportunity to formally work on projects together until Perfect Music, they came to appreciate their mutual interests in music, sound and electronics. Inspired by Banek and Scoville’s concept of Perfect Music, they have developed an exhibition that emphasizes interconnectedness, rather than attempt to isolate performance and music from the everyday.

- excerpt from the catalogue essay by Camille April Le Quéré


Patrick Lacasse, who grew up in Hearst, Ontario, moved to Ottawa to attend Carleton University. In 1996, he completed a BA in Art History and Architecture. Since that time, he has been working at the Carleton University Art Gallery as the Collections and Exhibitions Assistant, in addition to curating two exhibitions and documenting numerous others. Lacasse has an extensive background in the development of electronic music components such as electric guitars, guitar pick-ups, amplifiers, and guitar effects pedals. In addition to building and selling custom effects pedals, Lacasse is an avid guitarist.

Alisdair MacRae, an artist working in sculpture and installation, was born in 1974 in Dawson Creek, BC and raised in Victoria. In 2002, he received an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College, which complemented the BFA he earned from the University of Victoria four years earlier. In 2012, he completed a thesis on Joane Cardinal-Schubert for his Masters in Art History at Carleton University. MacRae develops projects using plans to examine community and exchange, experienced through a do-it-yourself approach that enables social interactions. 


110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 14167  TTY: 613-580-2401

Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.

Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The gallery will maintain regular hours over the Easter weekend.

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Karsh-Masson Gallery

110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 14167  
TTY: 613-580-2401 

Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free admission. 
Wheelchair accessible. 
Parking available.