Jos Devriendt: Day & Night / Pierre Marie Giraud, Bruxelles
January 17 - February 1, 2014
"Since 20 years I have been working on the archetype of the mushroom. It has been a search for a form that could be a sculpture with two different lives. A mushroom during daytime with an obvious and colourful expression capturing the light, and at night an abstract form giving light.
As a sculptor I want to reshape the form from day to night, solely with light: the daylight, which shines upon the sculpture and the artificial light, which comes from within and erases the material form. After researching the form, I experimented with different colours as a means to alter the meaning of the form. Like abstract painters use colours to give a meaning to their work, I do in a three dimensional way.
Artists have been expressing feelings through the sea, nudes or geometric forms.
Why not use mushrooms?
They have a lot of meaning in life.
Basically you can eat them and may be poisoned.
There is the hallucinating effect of some of the exotic species.
The sexual connotation of the mushroom is in many cultures an important element of mythology.
In essence, mushrooms bring me to the big themes of art: life, love and death, and last but not least to humour.”
With a specialty in contemporary decorative arts, Pierre Marie Giraud represents international artists working with glass, ceramics and silver. The gallery also collaborates with designers for the production of unique objects or limited editions. A rich selection of modern and contemporary pieces makes the ceramics section particularly noteworthy.
The best among European, north American and Japanese artists are represented permanently at the gallery and featured in solo or thematic exhibits. The gallery takes part regularly in fairs such as Design Basel, Design Miami and TEFAF. It also issues publications about the artists featured in its exhibits. In addition, it collaborates with a number of museums on the promotion of contemporary ceramics.
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Above: Jos Devriendt, N° 23, 24, 25, Ceramic, glaze, 68x48x48 / 30x24x17 / 16x16x16 cm.
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