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Jules Lasalle

Monica

1985
Presentation of the artwork
Posed on the shore, the artwork evokes the enormous sculpted heads on Easter Island. The immense head, with the face of a woman with an enigmatic smile, is fragmented into three parts. Her single eye, staring into the distance, has a hollowed pupil – a detail reminiscent of Greco-Roman statuary.

Like the vestiges found in archaeological excavations, this face is composed of fragments that viewers must mentally complete if they wish to reconstruct the portrait as a whole. Aside from its large format, this sculpture’s impact resides, paradoxically, in its missing parts that make it possible to glimpse the surrounding landscape. The changing colours of nature are contrasted against the whiteness and stillness of the face.

Jules Lasalle’s works convey the notion of the passing of time. In a way, they form objects of commemoration, as the artist produced a series of three-dimensional portraits of people he knew in the 1980s.
Associated events
The 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.
Jules Lasalle
Sculptor and modeller Jules Lasalle lives and works in Montréal, where he directs the studio Attitude enr. In 1979, he completed a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. From 1981 to 1983, he undertook a number of sculpture internships in Paris at establishments such as the École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués, Les Ateliers Hervé Cappelli, and the Ministère de la Culture. He has produced a number of other works of public art in Montréal, including Hommage à Marguerite Bourgeoys (1988), on Rue Notre-Dame East, and Monument à Maurice Richard (1997), at the entrance to the eponymous arena.
Presentation of the artwork
Posed on the shore, the artwork evokes the enormous sculpted heads on Easter Island. The immense head, with the face of a woman with an enigmatic smile, is fragmented into three parts. Her single eye, staring into the distance, has a hollowed pupil – a detail reminiscent of Greco-Roman statuary.

Like the vestiges found in archaeological excavations, this face is composed of fragments that viewers must mentally complete if they wish to reconstruct the portrait as a whole. Aside from its large format, this sculpture’s impact resides, paradoxically, in its missing parts that make it possible to glimpse the surrounding landscape. The changing colours of nature are contrasted against the whiteness and stillness of the face.

Jules Lasalle’s works convey the notion of the passing of time. In a way, they form objects of commemoration, as the artist produced a series of three-dimensional portraits of people he knew in the 1980s.
Associated events
The 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.
Jules Lasalle
Sculptor and modeller Jules Lasalle lives and works in Montréal, where he directs the studio Attitude enr. In 1979, he completed a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. From 1981 to 1983, he undertook a number of sculpture internships in Paris at establishments such as the École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués, Les Ateliers Hervé Cappelli, and the Ministère de la Culture. He has produced a number of other works of public art in Montréal, including Hommage à Marguerite Bourgeoys (1988), on Rue Notre-Dame East, and Monument à Maurice Richard (1997), at the entrance to the eponymous arena.
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1985
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Technique(s)
Cast; glued; welded; bolted
Materials
Concrete; metal; cement (base)
General dimensions
278 x 211 x 200 cm
Manufacturer
  • Atelier Attitudes
Monica
Borough
Lachine
Park
Promenade Père-Marquette