To be all things
Native of Saskatchewan, David Naylor is a Professor at École des arts visuels of Université Laval, where he was the Director from 1991 to 1995. His work has been presented throughout Québec, Toronto and Brussels. His major exhibitions include A sense of Place (1988), Sculptures tragiques (1989), Deux bateaux dans la nuit (1997), La nuit (1997), Malentendu (1998), L’origine du Mimosa (2001), Snow (2002), somewhere (2004) and Deux fois (2008). The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée régional de Rimouski devoted exhibitions on his work respectively in 1981 and 1992. He received the Prix Videre Reconnaissance (1999).
—Opening Friday, October 09, 2009 AT 5 PM
To be all things by David Naylor brings together sculptures that are in line with those that he presented at Circa in 2004 under the title somewhere. By their shapes, the sculptures recall house furniture. In fact, the artist starts from found furniture structures (armchair, divans, love seats) that he covers with plywood that he beforehand coloured with a mixture of plater and ocher. Thus, unexpected links occur between textures, tones and unintentionally drawn patterns. By letting the plastic effects take over, the artist reveals the significant potential of the object.
—Summary of a text by Jean-Émile Verdier