November 22, 2018 - February 9, 2019
Present Sense (2002-2003)
90 x 144 x 98 inches
Polychrome oiled and galvanized steel
The modern.toronto is honoured to present a survey of works by acclaimed sculptor André Fauteux. The exhibition includes pieces from the 1980s to the early 2000s, presenting ten abstract welded sculptures in diverse metals such as brass, galvanized steel, Corten and forged steel. Sections of some sculptures have been dipped in chrome, giving them a high polish, contrasting with other sections left raw, or coated with layers of polychrome colour and iridescent pigments. Fauteux’s sculptures are anchored in the formalist abstract theories of Clement Greenberg and inspired by his time working with the renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro at York University in the 1970s. These ardent main principles are manipulated with a subtle, lyrical sensibility to create an asymmetrical presence. Fauteux sees his process as “three-dimensional collage” that is felt and shifted intuitively by his hands as he progresses in creating a sculpture. The artist considers Present Sense (2002-03) and Piano Four Hands (2002-03) exemplars of his process. Both pieces have a solid centre that is juxtaposed with gestural lines and abstract shapes imparting to each piece a formal presence. However, a present sense like watching four hands play a piano is an impression of what one sees and hears, and much more. It is not symmetrical or readily understood, but instead conveys an inspired moment captured in metal.
The earliest piece in the exhibit, Bifocal (1987), exemplifies Fauteux’s notion of sculpture being radically different from everyday objects that are of a basic symmetry. Fauteux “flips” the everyday notion of bifocal glasses by changing both scale and materials, omitting the lenses completely and negating the very purpose they serve. Fauteux has changed our vision of what we expect and have come to know by forming something new to see.
This showing also includes five of Fauteux’s paintings. Each of these works has been constructed by bringing several mounted canvases together in asymmetrical designs. Fauteux's paintings provide an excellent complement to his sculptures, and display his intuition for dimension and the abstract.
About André Fauteux
Born in 1946 in Dunville, Ontario, Canada, it was when he moved to Toronto in 1969 that Fauteux started to focus on sculpture. Fauteux showed with Sable Castelli Gallery in Toronto for over 25 years and has exhibited throughout Canada, Spain and the United States. His work is included in numerous collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON; the Portland Museum of Art (Clement Greenberg Collection), Portland, OR; the National Gallery (Douglas Duncan Collection), Ottawa; the City of Barcelona, Spain; La Rectoria, Sant Pere Villamajor, Barcelona, Spain, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg; the Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, and more. André Fauteux: Ten Years, a major retrospective of Fauteux’s sculptures toured nationally in 1982-83.