Stéphane La Rue

For-te

2012
Stéphane La Rue’s artistic production over two decades has combined processes of restraint, flow and chance that rethink and renew traditions in abstraction and monochromatic painting. For-te, his most ambitious painting to date, is composed without one of the medium’s key ingredients: paint. Here, wood stain applied in full concentration, where it is applied at all, creates an undulating, rhythmic composition that seems to prod how far the formal and material attributes of a painting can be reduced before being expanded dramatically in scale. Inspired by the sporadic tonal variations of jazz music that plays regularly while La Rue works in his studio, For-te is titled after a “musical term for piano when a key is hit hard.”
Title
For-te
Date
2012
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
Russian plywood, and stain
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2013
Accession number
45860