Force et progrès
Presentation of the artworkOn the island in Parc Monk, 12 irregularly shaped but same-sized hexahedron blocks form a chain that snakes close to ground level and then rises. The grouping is painted dark grey and sits on four exposed cylindrical bases of different heights.
The repetition of a single form here helps to create a jerky sequence. Each segment is oriented differently so that the grouping gives the impression of a bumpy, somewhat random evolution. This modular grouping, an interplay of giant blocks, is imbued with energy. Because it is lifted off the ground, it has a sense of lightness. The propensity to build a grouping from several similar elements – referring to atoms, the basic particles of matter – has been a constant in Nepveu’s works.
Associated eventsThe artwork was created for the first Lachine, Carrefour de l’Art et de l’Industrie sculpture symposium in the summer of 1985. Organized by the Société de diffusion internationale et de placement sur œuvres d’art (Sodip-Art), the event brought together eight sculptors each of whom produced a monumental sculpture on site as the public watched.
Montréal-born Robert Nepveu lives and works in the Montérégie region. His training is in computer graphics and visual arts. He has participated in sculpture symposiums such as those in Terrebonne (1978) and Granby (1999), and group exhibitions, including Confrontation 80 and Confrontation 81. In the 1990s, he provided technical support for the sculptors of Atelier 213, in Laval. In 2003, he produced a steel artwork in Mexico.