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Eric Cardinal

Ici avant, ensuite et maintenant

Presentation of the artwork
This very large sculptural installation strongly marks the public space of Place du Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles. Composed of three columns of different heights – made of pieces assembled and piled up – it relies on a number of unusual and inventive arrangements to determine its nature, both material and symbolic. Erected in irregularly shaped vertical forms mounted on bases that support series of architectural fragments, the columns are distinguished from each by plays on balance of volumes, the variety of the materials (bronze, aluminum, granite), the organization of fabrication techniques, and the plurality of iconographic referents, textures, and colours.

The work’s title evokes the viewer’s relationship with time: past, present, and future. Thus, the artist links these temporalities, conveying them in layers drawn from the architectural and historical heritage of the site, its geography, and even its archaeological strata.
Associated events
The project was created in 2007 in the context of the L’art public dans les arrondissements de Montréal initiative launched as part of implementation of the City of Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy, with the goal of encouraging greater accessibility to arts and culture.
Eric Cardinal
Éric Cardinal, born in Drummondville (1977), lives in Richmond, the Eastern Townships. He holds a BFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2001) and an MFA from Université Laval (2008). Since 1998, his work has been presented in artist-run centres, galleries, and museums in solo and group exhibitions. He has participated in events such as Kilomètr’art (Repaires/repères) (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, 2005), Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine (Trois-Rivières, 2008), Art Souterrain (Montréal, 2012), and Papier 12 (Montréal, 2012), and art residencies. He has produced three works of public art under the Québec government’s policy of integration of arts with architecture.
Awards and honours
  • Subvention de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2013
  • Bourse de développement, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2013
  • Subvention de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2012
  • Bourse de développement, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2012
  • Bourse de développement, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2010
  • Subvention de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2009
  • Bourse de développement, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2009
  • , 2007
  • Subvention de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2006
  • Bourse de développement, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2005
  • Subvention de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2005
  • Bourse de la Fondation McAbbie, 2001
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Technique(s)
Assemblage
Materials
Aluminum; bronze; granite; paint
Support
Metal
General dimensions
"A) 259,08 x 91,44 x 45,72 B) 426,72 x 152,4 x 152,4 C) 548,64 x 121,92 x 91,44 "
Mediums
  • Acrylic
Manufacturer
  • Bernard, Claude / Formaviva Inc.
  • Métosak
Ici avant, ensuite et maintenant
Borough
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles