ICARA presents a retrospective of sculptor Marcel Alarie’s creations illustrating the evolution of his expression and technique. Constituted mainly of characters, the body of the exhibition suggests a family meeting where some members have not seen each other for several years. Very dissimilar in appearance, the twenty or so creations still have a family resemblance. To the discerning eye of the visitor, one may see a common bond. The sculptures express the artist’s sensitive reaction to the events of his daily life. The carved figures in various types of wood, preferably in butternut, are often decorated with bronze pieces and fixed to stone bases.
Born in Three Rivers, Marcel Alarie made his career in education. He was a teacher, a principal and a manager at the Ministry of Education. The day he retired, his passion for cabinet making gave way to sculpture. Self-taught, he perfected himself by taking internships with other sculptor-artists working with stone and wood.
Motivation taking over his visions for his creations evolves constantly under the influence of emotions and multiple contacts with his environment. Inspiration comes from everyday life: something shocking in the news, a deplorable event in his personal life or in his environment ... The interactions of current events, of his imagination, of memories, of dissatisfaction or a technical difficulty are constantly causing adjustments to his process. The sculpture could represent a story, an emotion, a discomfort, a message, or again, something taboo to be denounced.
For all these reasons, he always has more than one sculpture in production. Communication with the creation itself is often difficult. Alternating between the sculptures allows him to take a certain distance with a difficulty he may be having. The execution of his work can be spread out over a certain time, even a few years, and the final satisfying result, always differ from the initial plan.
Opening reception will be held on Sunday the 10thof June at 2 p.m.