Blown away by the beauty of James Kennedy's works, novelist Chrystine Brouillet launched the idea of a collection of short stories inspired by her series of paintings on bridges.
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Karine Tremblay La Tribune The book Bridges was born from a creative meeting that could never have taken place. And which, to be honest, started on fragile floors. Chrystine Brouillet had had enough of the noise. His neighbor had been hammering tin for years in the garage next door. When he left, she said to herself: “Finally! No more noise! “
And then one fine morning, a newcomer arrived and took over the workshop, unloading a truckload of large steel plates. “I am a kind of artist”, he summed up to the curious come to meet.
The novelist sighed. For a moment she thought she was still dealing with a body repairer. Two months have passed. Without a sound.
“James Kennedy eventually invited me to visit his place of creation. I immediately recognized the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, vertically, on one of the metal plates. A whole series of paintings occupied the premises. It was wonderful. I understood then to what extent he was an accomplished artist, ”says the author.
From this first contact with the artist's universe, an idea germinated.
“I thought to myself that other people need to discover his works, not just the clients in Toronto who buy his paintings. “
She proposed a collection of short stories inspired by steel paintings. The authors she contacted quickly answered the call. With enthusiasm. Claudine Bourbonnais, Marie-Ève Sévigny, Ariane Moffatt, Martin Michaud, RJ Ellory, Johanne Seymour and Claude A. Garneau were some of those who raised their hands.
“I have seen how evocative and unifying the theme is. The bridge, basically, is an elsewhere between two worlds, a link between two lands. “
The stories signed by the thirteen authors were recently published in the aptly named book. Printed on glossy paper, the book also includes photos of the works of James Kennedy.
Throughout the stories, we recognize the Confederation Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and the Victoria Bridge in Montreal, the MacDonald Bridge in Halifax, the Queen Street Bridge in Toronto, the Golden Gate of San Francisco. So many mythical and emblematic steel and concrete constructions that strike the imagination, evoke places or journeys.
“Each author first established their top 3 available decks. No one got their third pick, so everyone was happy. I had a blast walking around everyone's worlds, ”explains the writer, who has opted for the Tracel de Cap-Rouge.
Partly because the place was particularly significant for James Kennedy. A native of the Quebec City region, he first studied administration before pursuing an artistic career.
“I am passionate about architecture,” he explains. When I went back to take pictures of the Tracel-Rouge, near where I grew up, I understood why I was fixated on bridges. For me, these are benchmarks. Impressive architectural works, too. From a distance it sometimes looks like they are light, thin, made of lace. We approach and realize how sturdy, solid constructions are, steeped in history. I travel a lot and during each stay, I go near the bridges that interest me. I spend time around the structure, I meet people locally. “
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116