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André Fournelle

Nous deux

1972
Presentation of the artwork
Near the Musée de Lachine stand two parallel series of five panels – one blue, the other grey – on a concrete base. They present a series of cut-out silhouettes, in decreasing sizes, of the profiles of a naked man and woman.

This light-hearted work plays on its constitutive oppositions. Between its two-dimensionality and its three-dimensionality, beyond the presence of the coloured plates and the profiles produced by the absence of material, the figures of opposite sexes, placed back to back, form in the negative space between them an enigmatic two-headed figure that recedes in a succession of planes.

As he had in his artworks Hot dog (1970) and Joyce (1972), Fournelle presents here a sculpture influenced by pop art, an American art current in which the imagery and dissemination methods of popular culture were used. In this case, the repeated and rhythmic shapes of Nous deux refer directly to serigraphs made by Warhol and other artists.
Associated events
The artwork was donated to the Ville de Lachine by a private citizen. Before being put on permanent display in the institution’s outdoor environment, the artwork was presented at numerous events and exhibitions, including at the Musée des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
André Fournelle
André Fournelle studied sculpture by taking workshops in the United States, Italy, Belgium, France, and Germany. His work results from a fusion of various sources of inspiration, including natural elements (water, earth, air, fire), simple geometric forms (circle, triangle, square, cross), and currents of art history (Russian constructivism, pop art, Viennese actionism).

A prolific producer of artworks since 1965, he has created a number of artworks integrated with architecture, including Un moment vivant (2000), at the Taipei airport in Taiwan, and outdoor interventions such as Spirale (1989), a tribute to Robert Smithson, displayed in the Death Valley desert of California.
Awards and honours
  • prix Aménagement Télé-Québec Les Arts et la Ville (avec Simon Bouffard et Claude Chaussard), 2007
  • Représente le Québec aux Jeux de la francophonie, 1994
Presentation of the artwork
Near the Musée de Lachine stand two parallel series of five panels – one blue, the other grey – on a concrete base. They present a series of cut-out silhouettes, in decreasing sizes, of the profiles of a naked man and woman.

This light-hearted work plays on its constitutive oppositions. Between its two-dimensionality and its three-dimensionality, beyond the presence of the coloured plates and the profiles produced by the absence of material, the figures of opposite sexes, placed back to back, form in the negative space between them an enigmatic two-headed figure that recedes in a succession of planes.

As he had in his artworks Hot dog (1970) and Joyce (1972), Fournelle presents here a sculpture influenced by pop art, an American art current in which the imagery and dissemination methods of popular culture were used. In this case, the repeated and rhythmic shapes of Nous deux refer directly to serigraphs made by Warhol and other artists.
Associated events
The artwork was donated to the Ville de Lachine by a private citizen. Before being put on permanent display in the institution’s outdoor environment, the artwork was presented at numerous events and exhibitions, including at the Musée des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
André Fournelle
André Fournelle studied sculpture by taking workshops in the United States, Italy, Belgium, France, and Germany. His work results from a fusion of various sources of inspiration, including natural elements (water, earth, air, fire), simple geometric forms (circle, triangle, square, cross), and currents of art history (Russian constructivism, pop art, Viennese actionism).

A prolific producer of artworks since 1965, he has created a number of artworks integrated with architecture, including Un moment vivant (2000), at the Taipei airport in Taiwan, and outdoor interventions such as Spirale (1989), a tribute to Robert Smithson, displayed in the Death Valley desert of California.
Awards and honours
  • prix Aménagement Télé-Québec Les Arts et la Ville (avec Simon Bouffard et Claude Chaussard), 2007
  • Représente le Québec aux Jeux de la francophonie, 1994
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1972
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 1999
Technique(s)
Cut out; welded; buffed; bolted; painted
Materials
Steel; paint
General dimensions
244 x 142 x 161
Nous deux
Borough
Lachine
Building
Musée de Lachine
Park
Parc du musée de Lachine
Civic address
1, chemin du Musée, Lachine (Québec) H8S