Biography of Pierre Noël LeBlanc
Pierre LeBlanc was born Gédéon Thibodeau in 1963 in Sackville, New Brunswick. On December 24 of that year, he was adopted and named Pierre Noël LeBlanc. At the age of 13, he was given his first camera. In 1984, turning away from his studies in science, he joined the Department of Visual Arts at Université de Moncton, where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts in 1988. In 1992, he was granted a Master’s degree in Fine Arts by Concordia University, in Montreal.
Starting in 1991, LeBlanc taught photography, printmaking and media arts at Concordia University and Université de Moncton. Since 2001, he teaches at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, in Corner Brook, a campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
In 1991, Pierre LeBlanc created the Commission Gédéon Commission. C.G.C. became the agent provocateur for Pierre Noël LeBlanc’s artistic production, becoming the pseudo-philosophical locus for the artist’s ideas and identities, as well as his methods. C.G.C. embodies the artist’s influences and inspirations, drawn mainly from literary sources and from film and television. C.G.C. seeks to subvert the cult of personality, the ivory tower and the concept of absolute originality as applied to artisans of visual culture.
The Commission is the name under which LeBlanc shows his work in Canada, France and across the globe, through the Internet. C.G.C is involved in a persistent quest to produce 1,000 works inspired by Gilles Deleuze’s Mille Plateaux (1981).