Perhaps 'restraint' is not the right word when looking at the massive works produced by the renowned Quebec sculptor, pieces that when placed in a landscape, dominate without disturbing, tower without crushing (as in "Reservoir II", 2007). But the restraint lies not in the size of some of the sculptures, but rather in their expression, and ultimately, simplicity.

Organic, tactile, they resemble an upright teardrop, or a germinating plant, just barely breaking through the ground. Oblique, cast in bronze, or made of shimmering aluminium, Morin's sculptures find their place in the gallery space as if sown by the artist. That is true to some extent, for the pieces were done specifically for this show, another of the gallery owner's coup de force. Isabelle de Mévius has an astute eye for art, an uncompromising vision, there is no double-guessing in her choice of artists, and this latest offering attests to it.

Between Earth and Heaven is a great title for this exhibition, and not only because that's where I would put art in general, but because here, the works themselves seem to reach from below to the sky. Morin's stylized shapes morph, and contort, as if torque was the force warping them from inside. His use of materials is an intrinsic component of each piece; the metal punctured by tiny perforations loses its rigidity, molding itself into a sensuous shape, as in the large sculpture titled "La Meteor".

The three-dimensional works are accompanied by Morin's drawings, some dating back to the 80s, and still visually valid, echoing the sculptures, providing an indispensable backdrop. Meditative, intuitive, they are a portal to the artist's creative process, visual notations of the initial seed of an idea released through fluid lines that slowly take shape, to be finally channeled into a physical form. With no compromise.

 
Jean-Pierre Morin
Between Earth and Sky
1700 La Poste,
1700 Notre-Dame St. West
Montreal, PQ
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Free admission
Wednesday to Friday, 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm

From March 18 to June 19, 2016

 
22,5° (1)
2009
aluminium, 210 x 70 x 85 cm
© Ivan Binet
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Bruine
2006
aluminium, 398 x 115 x 120 cm
© Ivan Binet
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Entre terre et ciel
2015
bronze, 392 x 78 x 60 cm
© André Cornellier
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Réservoir II
2007
acier intempérique, 225 x 38 x 37 cm
© Pierre Blanchette
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Sans titre
2012
graphite sur papier, 57 x 76 cm
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Sans titre
2008
bronze, 26 x 22 x 22 cm
© Ivan Binet
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Tsunami II
2008
graphite sur papier vélin, 71 x 56 cm
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