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Mark Prent

Explorer

1994
Presentation of the artwork
Presented in Parc René-Lévesque, near Lake St. Louis, the artwork presents a three-masted sailing ship attached to the top of a tall metal tripod. In the centre of the unfurled sails are faces of fictional explorers. A connection might be made between the elevation of the ship above the ground and the ambitions of European explorers who discovered the New World. The ship’s prow points north, but although it represents a weathervane, the object is fixed and sustained by an imaginary wind. The artwork may be interpreted as a questioning of human nature, ambitions, and the will to explore the world.
Associated events
Explorer was presented at the symposium of the 2nd Salon international de la sculpture extérieure de Montréal (SISEM). The artwork was first displayed in the Old Port of Montréal, then moved and installed in Lachine in 1994.
Mark Prent
Mark Prent was born in Lodz, Poland, and arrived in Canada in 1948. He studied visual arts at Sir George Williams University in Montréal. He teaches moulding techniques to art students at Concordia University. His body of work combines realism and strangeness. His work has been exhibited in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Among his major solo exhibitions are those at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in 1979, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1978, and at the Kunsthalle in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1976.
Presentation of the artwork
Presented in Parc René-Lévesque, near Lake St. Louis, the artwork presents a three-masted sailing ship attached to the top of a tall metal tripod. In the centre of the unfurled sails are faces of fictional explorers. A connection might be made between the elevation of the ship above the ground and the ambitions of European explorers who discovered the New World. The ship’s prow points north, but although it represents a weathervane, the object is fixed and sustained by an imaginary wind. The artwork may be interpreted as a questioning of human nature, ambitions, and the will to explore the world.
Associated events
Explorer was presented at the symposium of the 2nd Salon international de la sculpture extérieure de Montréal (SISEM). The artwork was first displayed in the Old Port of Montréal, then moved and installed in Lachine in 1994.
Mark Prent
Mark Prent was born in Lodz, Poland, and arrived in Canada in 1948. He studied visual arts at Sir George Williams University in Montréal. He teaches moulding techniques to art students at Concordia University. His body of work combines realism and strangeness. His work has been exhibited in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Among his major solo exhibitions are those at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in 1979, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1978, and at the Kunsthalle in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1976.
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1994
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
August 2 1995
Technique(s)
Welded; bolted; cut out; moulded
Materials
Raw steel; Stainless steel; resin; fiber glass
General dimensions
484 x 178 x 212 cm
Explorer
Borough
Lachine
Park
Parc René-Lévesque