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.