"Larocque is a ceramist who sculpts as he draws. A flat surface of black charcoal is the raw material of his drawings, and an eraser, the implement delineating each form. Like a sculptor removing material, he excavates memories from his past and gives form to images from his dreams."
Excerpt from Migrations by Isabelle de Mévius
1700 La Poste is pleased to invite you to an exhibition devoted to Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Larocque. Renowned internationally for his innovative mastery of clay sculpture, the artist also invested a drawing and painting practice. With charcoal and clay predominating, his work eludes the specificities of period and culture. Larocque draws by subtraction and sculpts through an accumulation of materials and textures. He is interested not in the faithful representation of a given subject, but in the medium’s language and what it is able to contribute to representation. Jean-Pierre Larocque sounds out the material, explores its potential, and tests its boundaries.
Born in Montreal in 1953, Jean-Pierre Larocque studied drawing and printmaking at UQAM before pursuing studies in ceramics at Concordia University and the Alfred University of New York, from which he received an MFA in 1988. He is recognized as one of the foremost ceramists-sculptors of Canada. His work also includes paintings and engravings.vWhile living and teaching for over ten years in the United States, the artist travelled repeatedly to Europe and Asia. Having shown his work extensively in North America as well as being included in many public and private collections, Larocque was selected to present a major solo exhibition in 2006 to inaugurate the new contemporary gallery of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto. Jean-Pierre Larocque lives and works in Montreal.
Le fusain et l’argile
Né à Montréal en 1953, Jean-Pierre Larocque suit une formation en dessin et en gravure à l’UQAM. Plus tard, il se consacre à la céramique, qu’il étudie à l’Université Concordia pour ensuite obtenir une maîtrise de l’Université Alfred de New York. Jean-Pierre Larocque est reconnu comme l’un des sculpteurs-céramistes importants du Canada. Il réalise également des peintures et des gravures, parallèlement à sa pratique sculpturale.
Les Éditions de Mévius
An exhibition catalog featuring a preface by Isabelle de Mévius and essays by David Elliott and Edward Lebow accompanies the exhibition Jean-Pierre Larocque, presented at 1700 La Poste from March 22 to June 23, 2019.
Art and essays
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Isabelle de Mévius, David Elliott, Edward Lebow
Bertrand Carrière, Guy L'Heureux, Pierre Longtin