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Ville de Montréal

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Denis Farley


Presentation of the artwork
The photographic work Lac/Fontaine is affixed to a steel structure that was already standing in the park landscaped in 1996, adjacent to the main entrance to Bibliothèque Mordecai-Richler. The work is in a space that is both green and urban.

A montage of three photographs is deployed horizontally. A lake landscape occupies most of the work. The horizon created by the reflection of the mountain in the lake defines the two other photographs that are superimposed. In the image in the upper portion, a woman sits on the ground, leaning against a huge wood wall, and gazes at the landscape. The final photograph shows a concrete fountain from which a water jet sprays.

The landscape appears as if it is a daydream in which the protagonist is lost, apparently in a meditative state. The lake water seems to flow through the fountain and pour out of frame, whence the title Lac/Fontaine. The work is from the Déplacements series, in which the artist explores the contrast between urban landscape and nature and the relationship between the individual and the environment.

(from the artist’s statement for the Déplacements series)
“The near-symmetry of the structures and the body language are closely linked in a meditative choreography with, as main referents, the reflection of institutional values perceived through architecture and the reflective states of the individual examining her memory of nature.”
Associated events
the project was created 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.
Denis Farley
Denis Farley holds an MFA, visual arts, from Concordia University and works mainly in photography. He is a lecturer at the Université du Québec à Montréal and has had numerous exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe. A number of his works of public art can be seen in Montreal: at the McGill University Hospital Centre (2014), the Lindsay Rehabilitation Hospital (2000), and Dawson College (1996).
Awards and honours
  • Bourse de la SODEC , 2013
  • Bourse de Perfectionnement de l’UQÀM , 2012
  • Bourse de la SODEC, 2012
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse de projet, 2005
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse de projet, 2003
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse de projet, 2000
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse de projet, 1997
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse de projet, 1997
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse de voyage, 1996
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse B, 1995
  • Studio du Canada à Paris. Ministère de la Culture, Québec, 1994
  • Studio du Canada à Paris. Ministère de la Culture, Québec, 1993
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, voyage, 1992
  • Affaires culturelles, Québec., 1991
  • Affaires culturelles, Québec, 1990
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse B, 1989
  • British Council, Conseil des arts du Canada, voyage, 1988
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Digital print
Vinyl canvas; flexible UV ink; 3/4" plywood; anodized aluminum corner moulding
General dimensions
190 x 920
  • Photograph
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Bibliothèque Mordecai-Richler
Dans le parc adjacent à la bibliothèque Mordecai-Richler
Civic address
5434, avenue du Parc, Montréal, Québec H2V 4G7