Julie Tremblay is back at home

Her “interstices” are at Lacerte contemporary art gallery

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Photo: Lacerte Gallery

Female figure on the floor

Recycling is good.  It can be creative.  Fortunately, at times, it can also be artistic.  Julie Tremblay, through her creations presented at Lacerte contemporary art gallery, proves it to be so.  Taken individually, the figures she created are perfectly proportioned and are indicative of her talent as a sculptor.  Taken collectively, these figures show the sculptor’s bent toward the performance and the benefit of her close collaboration with choreographers.   The figures seem to have been caught in motion and when one comes in the gallery, it is as if he or she entered a space where everything was brought to a stand still.

  

The exhibition is fascinating both in its form and its content.  It is amazing to see the way that Julie Tremblay handles this most unusual material:  refuse metal sheets from a bottle cap manufacturer crumbled around a central structure to create human shapes. The color: red, brings something symbolic to the pieces and the punched holes in the metal sheets provided an airy feeling to these bodies that otherwise would weight much more. The posture of the different figures is just as fascinating, and, learning the artist interest in Kundera’s writings, his considerations on human relations, and the way he infuses psychology in human gestures, we are even more intrigued.

  

 The exhibition is titled «interstices», a word that suggests breaks in a continuous progression.  We then wonder, could that progression be life itself and would these male and female figures, suspended in the air or lying on floor, be moments in its evolution?  If so, returning to her hometown of Quebec after years studying and working abroad, could Julie Tremblay be asking us to share her concern for the environment, for mankind?

  The exhibition is on until July 4, at Lacerte, contemporary art gallery, 1 cote de Dinan, here in Quebec City.