LAUZON, Réal (1945)

Réal Lauzon, L’Apnaute, 2006. Bois, papier de riz, acrylique, corde de nylon, ruban de satin, livre. 208 x 460 x 70 cm. Photo : Guy L’Heureux.

Réal Lauzon holds a BFA and an MFA in visual arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. For about twenty years, he invented strange, mutant machines in his Montreal studio loft at 2019 Moreau Street, a space that brought together a considerable community of artists before the building was condemned in 2013. Like a humble, solitary pilgrim, the artist scavenged back alleys, looking for discarded pieces of wood that he meticulously transformed into mock tools and appealing pseudo-utensils that he describes as “mâches échines” or “mécanorganisms.” Although his works might resemble those of a “patenteux” (handyman), they are tinged with an unquestionably poetic, even philosophical aesthetic, and are not without medieval know-how, as displayed in Vaisselle-véhicule Nutribus (1985), L’indicateur d’influences médiévales (2002) and L’apnaute (2006).

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