Born in Hearst, Northern Ontario, Laurent Vaillancourt was among the leaders spearheading the awakening of the Franco-Ontarian arts community of the early 1970s, a movement which led him to choose Hearst as his base and art as his calling. Hearst is a predominantly French speaking community. In terms of his art, Vaillancourt’s practice is not limited to one medium or concept. His early artistic explorations were with macramé, which evolved to steel cable, with incursions into theatrical set and landscape design.  Found objects are becoming an important part of the base material Laurent uses. These objects carry a message: they are artifacts, with a story to tell. “Minute” his latest body of work is in that vein.