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duo Viatour-Berthiaume

The Viatour-Berthiaume duo

Sculpting Words: An Easy Task

Forms, Volume and Space

Artisan sculptors Viatour-Berthiaume impart a new dimension to sculpture. Indeed, Marie-Annick Viatour and Gaétan Berthiaume’s sculptures must not be looked upon simply as objects, but also be viewed in terms of the space they occupy with their movement and of the narrative the duo introduces into their works. Their sculptures are not merely seeking to please, they bear profound meaning. The duo ensures that social interaction is an integral part of their production and of the spectator’s visual experience. Combining beauty, ingenuity and playfulness, the duo’s sculptures tell stories that are at times funny, at times poetic and at other times quite dramatic.

At the end of the 1920s, when American sculptor Alexander Calder created his small circus, he was greatly influenced by the volumes of that universe. His work bears witness to an artistic thinking based on the tension that exists between balance and imbalance. In the same vein as Calder, by finding ways of imparting movement to their sculptures, Viatour-Berthiaume developed a unique artistic approach that incorporates movement to the sculpting gesture. Early in their creations, the two sculptors, Visual Arts graduates from Concordia University, adopted a practice anchored in the tradition of expressive arts and crafts by endorsing ancestral know-how. Simultaneously, the duo articulates the space, the mechanics and the movement of the work and emphasizes with high accuracy the plasticity of the object through a redefined sculptural approach.

Les jumeaux Mosquito, wood, acrylic, metal, 18 x 46 x 14 cm, 2006

Les jumeaux Mosquito, wood, acrylic, metal, 18 x 46 x 14 cm, 2006

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Text by Marie-France Bégis

photo © Gaétan Berthiaume

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