Artist Statement

I have been carving marble for the last twenty years. It is a commitment, which continually challenges me as an artist and feeds my fascination with stone. A block of stone has the capacity to act like a portal for the spirit, or perhaps it is the work itself that opens this door. When I begin cutting into a stone I feel captured by it, as if I am under a spell and need to try and carve my way out. I cannot distinguish if the devotion I have for stone enslaves or frees me. Either or, it is the wind in my sails.

A big part of what informs my work is the connection I have with particular stones from around the world. These are stones that have been created with such vigor at various times throughout history. For example, I absolutely enjoy visiting stone ruins, so I can gaze upon the weathered sculpture and architecture and contemplate ancient…

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Kent Laforme is a Canadian sculptor who earned his degree in Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, in 1993, Kent spent three years in Pietrasanta, Italy, specializing in marble carving at Renato Leonardi’s sculpture studio. In 1997, Kent moved to Hong Kong where…

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Artist Statement

I have been carving marble for the last twenty years. It is a commitment, which continually challenges me as an artist and feeds my fascination with stone. A block of stone has the capacity to act like a portal for the spirit, or perhaps it is the work itself that opens this door. When I begin cutting into a stone I feel captured by it, as if I am under a spell and need to try and carve my way out. I cannot distinguish if the devotion I have for stone enslaves or frees me. Either or, it is the wind in my sails.

A big part of what informs my work is the connection I have with particular stones from around the world. These are stones that have been created with such vigor at various times throughout history. For example, I absolutely enjoy visiting stone ruins, so I can gaze upon the weathered sculpture and architecture and contemplate ancient civilizations. Imagine staring at a 12th century Buddhist statue and all that remains is the stone torso. As impossible as it is to see what is no longer there, it is awesome to imagine what once was. Not only the sculpture, but also the forces that brought the work into the world and the ones that are slowly taking it out. It is both the absence and presence of these surviving stones that offer us a glimpse back in time, as well as a look at the road that lay ahead.

Favorite sites I’ve visited:

Ryōan-ji; Ephesus; Angkor Thom; Bantrei Srei; Kbal Speen; The catacombs of Saint Sebastian; The Temple for a Thousand Warriors and Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza.

Favorite sculptures I’ve seen:

Michelangelo, ”Atlas Slave”; Isamu Noguchi, “The Stone within”, “Wave in Space #2” and “Walking Void #2”; Louise Bourgeois, “Velvet Eyes”; John Greer, “Civilization”; Anish Kapoor. “It is Man and Angel”; Kan Yasuda, “Tenpi” and “Ishinki”.

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Kent Laforme is a Canadian sculptor who earned his degree in Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, in 1993, Kent spent three years in Pietrasanta, Italy, specializing in marble carving at Renato Leonardi’s sculpture studio. In 1997, Kent moved to Hong Kong where he worked as a multi-disciplined artist exhibiting works in sculpture, painting, photo and video. Since 2001, Kent has resumed working predominantly in stone. He currently works out of his studio in Cordova Bay, Victoria, British Columbia. The Elliot Louis Gallery in Vancouver has represented his work for the past four years.

 

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Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

2014 Temporal Landmarks-Two-Person Exhibition, Gage Gallery, Victoria, BC

2009 Altissimo — Solo Exhibition, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1999 1999 Frames of Hong Kong – Two-Person Exhibition, Fringe Gallery, Hong Kong

1998 After Truce – Two-Person Exhibition, Fringe Gallery, Hong Kong

1998 One Concept, Two Artists — Two-Person Exhibition, Artist Commune Gallery, Hong Kong

1994 Echoes and Horizons — Solo Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS

Group Exhibitions

2015 Sculpture Splash, Victoria, BC

2014 Sculpture Splash, Victoria, BC

2010 Objectified, Pelham Art Center, NYC, NY

2005 Atlantic Stone Sculpture Symposium Exhibition, Inverness Arts Center, NS

1998 Between the Like and Unlike, Artist Commune, Hong Kong

1997 The Yellow Pages Great Wall, Open-Air Sculpture, Hong Kong

1997 The Art of Politics, Le Mistral Gallery, Hong Kong

1995 Foreign Artists in Italy, La Badia Monastery, Camaiore, Italy

1994 Mare e Marmo, Open-Air  Sculpture Exhibition, Forte Dei Marmi, Italy

1994 NSCAD Graduation Exhibition, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS

1994 Mosaic, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS

1992 Peep Show, OO Gallery, Halifax, NS

Selected Publications and Media

2014 Where Magazine “Temporal Landmarks”, Craig Spence, Fall Issue

2010 “MinusSpace Reductive Art”, Sylvan Leoni, February 3;

2009 iTunes Podcast, Elliot Louis Gallery, Ted Lederer, September 29;

2009 Kristen Krimmel Blog http://artiseternal.wordpress.com/category/sculpture/;

2008 Artist Series Video “It’s All About Art”, Ted Lederer;

2008 Where Magazine “In the Footsteps of the Masters”, Ted Lederer, Summer Issue;

2007 Times Colonist, “Oswego”, C2, April 22;

2005 Espace Magazine “Sculpting a Philosophy”, p. 45-46, Donna D’Amour, Summer Issue;

2005 Atlantic Stone Carving Catalogue, “Inverness Centre for the Arts”, Vanessa Paschakarnis;

2005 Inverness Oran, “Stone Symposium”, Frank McDonald, August 31;

1997 World Sculpture News Magazine, Summer Issue

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