1985 Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal
Photos © Yvon Boulerice
Paradise Pools is composed of four separate figurative sculptures. Employing numerous materials and eclectic and anachronistic elements, the heavy, imposing works are related both formally through a repetition of line, gesture and colour and through a common inversion of paradisical imagery. As the title “Paradise Pools” suggests, this inverted image of paradise conforms more closely to that held by contemporary suburban garden and pool installation companies.
Extract from communiqué, 26 March 1985 – 20 April 1985, Paradise Pools, Mercer Union, Toronto.
“…In this paradise, the Virgin kicks up her heels under her glass veil, the minimal planes of the pool bear the traces of an angel on the diving board, the hardworking fellow demonstrates a sexualized creation that isn’t procreation and the fiery wheels both guard us from and lead us to paradise.”