NAYLOR, David (1948)

David Naylor, Somewhere, sans titre (divan), 2004. Bois, plâtre, ocre naturelle. 69 cm x 227.5 cm x 109.5 cm. Collection de l’artiste. Photo : Guy L’Heureux.

David Naylor left the University of Saskatchewan to study at the École des beaux-arts de Québec after spending time in Quebec during Expo 67. He specialized in printmaking but took up sculpture upon meeting Marcel Jean. He later became a professor and director of the visual arts department at Université Laval. Naylor’s work consists in taking advantage of the resistance of materials and creating cubic “metamorphoses” by cutting up furniture (tables, sofas): he keeps only the wooden frame and coats it with crumbly materials (ashes, plaster), creating an appearance starkly opposed to the object’s initial function. The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée régional de Rimouski presented solo exhibitions of his work in 1981 and 1992 respectively. Somewhere, sans titre a large, stripped-down armchair, is characteristic of his work.

« Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec » by Nathalie Côté, ESPACE #55, p. 40.