Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
KENT LAFORME   

Kent Laforme
"Altissimo"
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Exhibition: June 4 - 20 - Opening reception: Thursday June 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Kent Laforme - Socks #1
Socks #1
12 x 8 x 5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$2,300 



The sculpture exhibition Altissimo is inspired by Mount Altissimo in Pietrasanta, Italy. Pietrasanta has been home to quarries that have been excavating marble since the height of Roman Civilization. All the Statuario Marble used in the exhibition was quarried from Altissimo, which is also referred to as "Michelangelo's Mountain".

The exhibition consists of marble sculptures that depict interpretations of different fabrics in stone. T-shirts, handkerchiefs, pillowcases and socks are carefully arranged, then carved in order to re-present both a landscape and the object's relation to the figure.

The sculptures merge a contemporary aesthetic and object making sensibility with a direct carving technique. The work reveals contrasting characteristics inherent in the stone, such as hardness versus softness, weightlessness versus gravity and temporality versus permanence. Through the interpretation and transformation of fabrics in stone, mountains are discovered in handkerchiefs and undulating landscapes emerge from t-shirts, making the tangible ephemeral. The idea of a mountain form as subject matter preserves the connection between the sculptures and the origins of the material.

Several of the sculptures in the exhibition, such as the t-shirts and socks have their roots in Pop Art. These every day objects are carved with a sense of irony and inspiration that also comments on Italian drapery work evident in Neo-classical and Renaissance masterworks, such as Michelangelo's Pieta and the Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa.

The body of work created for this exhibition serves in part as a modest yet contemporary continuum of one of art's oldest mediums stone carving. The sculptures are a homage to the legacy and traditions of Italian marble carving and to the quarrymen of Altissimo.




Kent Laforme - Socks #2
Socks #2
10 x 9 x 5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$2,300 



Kent Laforme - Handkerchief #2
Handkerchief #2
13 x 9 x 7 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
Sold 



Kent Laforme - Apple and Cloth
Apple and Cloth
13 x 13 x 8 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
Sold 



Kent Laforme - T-shirt #2
T-shirt #2
30 x 12 x 4.5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$6,100 



Kent Laforme - T-shirt #3
T-shirt #3
17 x 14 x 3.5 Inches  
Statuario venato
$6,200 



Kent Laforme - Handkerchief #4
Handkerchief #4
13 x 10 x 6.5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
Sold 



Kent Laforme - T-shirt #1
T-shirt #1
15 x 10 x 11 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$5,300 



Kent Laforme - Hammer & Cloth
Hammer & Cloth
16 x 11 x 9 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$3,600 



Kent Laforme - Pillowcase #1
Pillowcase #1
32 x 14 x 5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$5,400 



Kent Laforme - Handkerchief #1
Handkerchief #1
12 x 9 x 5.5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
Sold 



Kent Laforme - Handkerchief #3
Handkerchief #3
15 x 12 x 8 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$3,600 



Kent Laforme - Clock under Cloth
Clock under Cloth
14.5 x 8 x 7 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$3,900 



Kent Laforme - Pillowcase #4
Pillowcase #4
13 x 25.5 x 16.5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$10,500 



Kent Laforme - Pillowcase #3
Pillowcase #3
11 x 21 x 18.5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$12,000 



Kent Laforme - Pillowcase #2
Pillowcase #2
11.5 x 18.5 x 18.5 Inches  
cervaiole statuario
$9,200 



Kent Laforme - Rising Sun
Rising Sun
36 x 72 x 12 Inches  
Yellow Sienna marble, fir timber base

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