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The Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger presents:

TRICKING THE SENSES – CONTEMPORARY ART FOUNDRY IN ALL ITS FORMS
An exhibition that takes a different look at sculpture in Victoriaville until December 16

The Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger presents DÉJOUER LES SENS: La fonderie d’art actuel dans tous ses états [Tricking the senses – contemporary art foundry in all its forms], an exclusive exhibition produced in partnership with the Atelier du bronze in Inverness, Québec, which showcases works by 15 major artists in le Carré 150, Victoriaville’s new cultural space, until December 16. The steady flow of visitors since its official opening shows audiences’ great interest and enthusiasm for the guest artists’ bold proposals.

WHY TRICK THE SENSES?

Put forth by curator Émilie Granjon, the theme of TRICKING THE SENSES invited artists to reflect on their relation to matter, and explore the dissonance between perception and cognition; as visitors are themselves invited to question what it is they are actually seeing.

The exhibition examines how art foundries have reinvented themselves in the past decade, as contemporary artists reintroduced complex moulding techniques into their creative process, pushing these well outside their traditional boundaries. The exhibition also highlights the cutting-edge research lead by these artists, as well as the ever-evolving expertise of the craftspeople at the Atelier du bronze tasked with making their works a reality.

FIFTEEN ARTISTS – FIFTEEN WORKS

For this major project, ten artists each designed and created an exclusive work around the theme proposed by the curator, while five others present an earlier, existing piece. As curator Émilie Granjon puts it: “The works in this exhibition present the result of a fascinating three-way conversation between artist, matter, and founder. In it the inventiveness of the former combines with the technical mastery of the latter, as both challenge the limits of their own creativity. At the heart of this dialogue we find matter, in a constant state of flux. Although the melting process remains the same, many variations afford new paths for exploration: from the chosen materiality of the sculpture, to the specific patina, as well as the selection of an alloy. Not to mention the access to new hybrid materials that fuel new possibilities for contemporary art foundries.”

Among these artists, some, like Paryse Martin, Catherine Bolduc, Pascale Archambault, Kaori Furuta and Aline Martineau, have chosen figuration–at times narrative, at times phantasmagorical, while others propose a new reading of various major mythological themes and tropes of classical sculpture: Patrick Bérubé and Guillaume Lachapelle. Finally, many offer stunning new material reinterpretations of scientific concepts: Patrick Coutu, Marc Dulude, Jean-Pierre Morin and Éric Lapointe.


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left: Patrick Bérubé, Move (detail) 2017; right: Paryse Martin, Le mécanisme de l'incertitude (detail) 2017

THE ARTISTS

Pascale Archambault – Patrick Bérubé – Catherine Bolduc – Chantal Brulotte – Patrick Coutu – Marc Dulude – Guillaume Lachapelle – Éric Lapointe – Paryse Martin – Aline Martineau

The exhibition’s five final works, all by major artists, were chosen for their strong connection with the theme:

Jordi Bonet – André Du Bois – Kaori Furuta – Jean-Pierre Morin – Alain-Martin Richard

A REGION WITH A RICH HISTORY OF SCULPTURE

The Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger’s director Dominique Laquerre, reminds us that the history of the Bois-Francs region is inseparable from that of great sculptors like Suzor-Côté, Alfred Laliberté and Louis-Philippe Hébert. Indeed, many people are still unaware that this region is known throughout Canada for the cutting-edge research and expertise of Inverness’ foundries, which draws artists from around the world.

ACTIVITIES

The exhibition DÉJOUER LES SENS includes a program of cultural mediation activities for everyone. School visits and educational guide are available, as well as on-site information panels about art foundries and the different steps of the casting process. Also shown are a series of short videos on the artists and their works, produced by the Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger.

Workshops inspired by Jordi Bonet’s work and led by artist Annie St-Jean were held during November in order to create an impressive collective mural which involve children as well as adults. Lastly, curator Émilie Granjon has given a lecture about the various works in the exhibition from the viewpoint of her own researches in the field of visual semiology.

A VITAL SUPPORT

The exhibition DÉJOUER LES SENS was made possible by the exceptional support of the New Chapter program of the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec via the Manifestation et présentation publique program. La Fabrique culturelle is also the major media partner on the project.


ABOUT THE CENTRE D’ART JACQUES-ET-MICHEL-AUGER

The Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger is an exhibition centre housed in le Carré 150, Victoriaville’s new cultural space. Its mission is to share, promote and broadcast exhibitions by professional and emerging artists in contemporary visual and media arts. It is also focused on providing educational programs and activities that support the dissemination of information, knowledge and aesthetic appreciation to audiences of all ages.


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Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger
150, Notre-Dame St. East, Victoriaville, QUÉBEC, G6P 3Z6

From November 2 to December 16 inclusively.

Opening hours: Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The venue is fully accessible.

T. 819 751-4517
Dominique.Laquerre@centredartauger.com

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