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Jocelyne Alloucherie

Porte de jour

2004
Presentation of the artwork
Midway between sculpture and architecture, Jocelyne Alloucherie’s artwork is composed of two Corten steel structures with three faces. Each piece presents an opening that acts as a metaphoric frame in the space.

Porte de jour allows the historical past of the site to resurface. Through its form as a rampart, the artwork testifies to the presence, in the eighteenth century, of the Porte de Québec, which defined the border between the old part of the city and its periphery. With its reddish colour reminiscent of rusting metal, the artwork evokes the former functions of the site, from the square adjacent to the Dalhousie train station in the nineteenth century to the shunting yard in the early twentieth century. Like a trace of absences, it reconstructs the memory of the place.

Even given the stillness of the frame and the rigidity of the structure, the viewer’s gaze is invited to move around. The artwork proposes a pathway, an opening, through which it is possible to see differently the park, the tree, and the surrounding housing. As the artist summarizes, Porte de jour “is an open border evoking in various ways the history of the site, but also proposing a perceptible and direct exploration of its present and new qualities.”1

1:Jocelyne Alloucherie, project submission, 2004 (our translation).
Associated events
Porte de jour was created in the context of the development of a square adjacent to the former Dalhousie train station edging Faubourg Québec. Both Alloucherie’s artwork and this space were created in order to highlight the main aspects of the site’s historical value: situated on the edge of the old fortified city, it was the point of departure for the first railway project heading to western Canada in 1886.
Jocelyne Alloucherie
With degrees in arts from Université Laval and Concordia University, Jocelyne Alloucherie provokes a perceptible experience of the ephemeral and the immutable through drawing, photography, sculpture, and painting.

Her work is included in major public collections in Canada and abroad. Some of her artworks are also found in the public space, notably at York University in Toronto and Collège Gérald-Godin in Montréal.
Awards and honours
  • Ordre du Canada, 2008
  • Prix Jean-Paul Riopelle, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2006
  • Prix de l'Association des publications canadiennes pour Artist Project dans Canadian Art, 2004
  • Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, 2002
  • Prix des arts visuels, Gouverneur général du Canada, 2000
  • Prix Louis-Philippe-Hébert, Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, 1997
  • DAAD Der Deutsch Akademisch Austausdienst, Berlin, 1997
  • Prix Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1989
Detail
Variation of title
Une porte rouge (ouverte, rougeâtre, solaire)
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Installation
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2004
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal (competition by invitation)
Accession date
April 25 2004
Technique(s)
Welded
Materials
Corten steel
General dimensions
298 x 350 x 1070 cm
Manufacturer
  • NCK Inc
  • Arpin, Gilles / Éclairage public
Porte de jour
Borough
Ville-Marie
Park
Square Dalhousie