polychromed and laminated cedar and plywood
113 x 311 x 90 cm assembled
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29714.1-4)
This built structure is an assemblage of planes balanced together in an ephemeral and fortuitous equilibrium. Rejecting rigid verticals and horizontals, Poulin's deviations result in breathing, organic forms. While massive and solid and occupying a distinct space, Sombre is both restless and calm, introspective and silent. The physical mass of the object suggests the heaviness of the coffin and death; its title evokes the night. The forms interact, speaking of containment, of a hidden void that envelopes a penetrable space; a shadow masks the opening into its interior.
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