Roland Poulin

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke

in geo­met­ric ab­strac­tions and cre­at­ing mon­u­men­tal sculp­tures for more than thirty years, Roland Poulin now presents a num­ber of re­cent works at the Musée des beauxarts de Sher­brooke, the ma­jor­ity of which have not been shown be­fore. Prof­it­ing from the nat­u­ral light of the Grand Hall, th­ese pieces will re­veal the in­trin­sic beauty of metal­lic ma­te­ri­als. Vis­i­tors will also be able to see mod­els and prepara­tory draw­ings which bear wit­ness to the artis­tic devel­op­ment of this im­por­tant sculp­tor, whose work is shown in the prin­ci­pal art mu­se­ums of Québec and else­where in Canada.

Poulin pays par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the sur­faces of the ma­te­ri­als he uses, where mark­ings ac­cu­mu­late, and where the sculp­tor leaves traces of his con­tact with the pieces. His ma­te­ri­als, forms, sur­faces, tex­tures and colours at­tract the light. He ex­hibits great sim­plic­ity in the use he makes of rough ma­te­ri­als, cer­tainly -- but his works re­main un­ob­tru­sively fig­u­ra­tive and highly sym­bolic. His dra­matic sculp­tures of dark colours and un­even form are sur­pris­ing, un­pre­dictable, and can­not be fully taken in at a sin­gle view­ing. Just as aban­doned ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments re­main fixed in time, th­ese works with their somber beauty sug­gest a strange pres­ence.

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