© Arnaud Vasseux, courtesy galerie Sintitulo. Document (Camargue), 2013
© Arnaud Vasseux, courtesy galerie Sintitulo. Document (Camargue), 2013

Arnaud Vasseux

08/03 – 24/04/2019

The exhibition crosses several lines of research by Arnaud Vasseux, in relation to the activity of walking, displacement, natural elements and their transformation.

The representations commonly associated with sculpture show in this art types of objects and spatial configurations offering the image, more or less readable as such, of a production process during which a material has been transformed – and informed – because literally “worked by form”.

A less expected situation, some sculptural expressions not only allow us to guess how they were made, but retain faithfully or, better, “assume” in their volumes, textures and accidents the memory of their own formation. In such cases, it is not only the material that is in-formed, but also it that somehow informs the form and, in doing so, gives shape to the sculpture.

That such a memory – in the temporal sense, but also a physical-chemical meaning of the term – remains perceptible, and above all that it can be the subject of particular attention on the part of certain sculptors shows that there are works that not only unfold in space, but inhabit durations, the time of the factory crossing the experiential time of the viewer. These productions give themselves in this as double realities, both completed and unresolved, where two temporal constructions that were thought heterogeneous are fragilely brought together, one in the making, the other less gone than it seems because as a restraint in sculptural materiality.

The exploration of this double temporality guides many of Arnaud Vasseux’s works. The consequences are diverse and radical. Thus, the sculptor never seeks to find or reconstruct a previously designed volume. In form, he substitutes training and project, prefers projection. For if the volume is not given, it is not really sought either as a goal to be achieved, but more carried by the movement that accompanies and records the form.

The tension that the activity and the fixation of the material is present concretely when it, still fluid, is projected against a flexible support – such as the plaster sprayed during the realization of the Cassables – or when it comes to lodge inside a deformable mold – according to the process implemented in the cracked resins and in many other three-dimensional prints.

And if such a conception of sculpture and its gestures proves fatally indifferent to some formal ideality, it is nevertheless attentive to the right forms, attesting with a kind of photographic truthfulness the event of appearing to them. In addition to the form, the function of spatial capture conferred on the sculpture itself is added, this time taking on the meaning of a relay capable of testifying to the interdependence of the work, the spectator and the place that welcomes them. This is why the questions of contact, grip, distance and distance, as well as the tactile suggestions that result from it, are omnipresent in Arnaud Vasseux’s work. They are easily identified in the kind of movement accompanying its footprints, between grip and spacing. Perhaps we can even see in this decisive polarity a discreet reflection of our belonging to the world and our condition as separate beings.

Fabien Faure

  • Exhibition as part of the “Des marches, démarches”program, carried by the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, based on the artistic proposal of Guillaume Monsaingeon. This event on the scale of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur territory explores the incredible wealth of travel on a human scale while bringing together many cultural actors of the territory.


Views of the exhibition

Arnaud Vasseux, Terrains. Sintitulo Gallery, 8/03 - 04/24/2019. Exhibition views.

Arnaud Vasseux, Terrains. Sintitulo Gallery, 8/03 - 04/24/2019. Exhibition views.

Arnaud Vasseux, Terrains. Sintitulo Gallery, 8/03 - 04/24/2019. Exhibition views.

Arnaud Vasseux, Terrains. Sintitulo Gallery, 8/03 - 04/24/2019. Exhibition views.


past exhibitions at the sintitulo gallery

Marta Zgierska, Votive Figure II

Marta Zgierska

17/01 – 08/03/2020
galerie sintitulo, mougins

In her (not so) counterfeit and perfect images in many ways, Marta never ceases to play her own role in her ceaseless quest for the more-than-perfect. When she wears the mask of this role to be played, she also plays mine and yours: all in search of this more-than-perfect against which ancient wisdoms would warn us (…)

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Jean Marc Andrieu and Arnaud Vasseux<br>Quel hasard

Jean Marc Andrieu and Arnaud Vasseux
Quel hasard

20/12 – 10/01/2020
galerie sintitulo, mougins

The “hasard” that gave rise to this body of exhibition begins with a workshop visit. A visit during which finished works and works in progress beckon us at the same time, with an insistence of their own. “Workshop drawings”, as the artists like to call them, and which are often not necessarily produced to be shown but constitute a kind of vacancy of the mind (…)

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Arnaud Vasseux - Sol à Issensac, 2013. Copyright of the artist, courtesy Sintitulo gallery.

Comment on marche

03/10 – 31/11/2019
galerie sintitulo, mougins

Subject of scientific and technical investigation, walking is seen here as the motive artists choose to state the content of their art. This exhibition pursues an inventory of the forms that the walk in art has taken, in the wake of the works with which the notion of landscape was initiated: solitary journey, stroll, imaginary journey, reconnaissance or documentation, crossings of territory, scientific or proxy travel…

Exhibition as part of: “des marches, démarches”, a cultural event on the scale of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region coordinated by the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

With: Sebastien Arrighi, Elia Cantori, David Casini, Favret & Manez*, Jean Philippe Roubaud*, Jérémie Setton*, Arnaud Vasseux* (*Artists whose works are part of the Frac PACA collection).

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Arnaud Vasseux Document

Arnaud Vasseux
Mes Saisons du Dessin: Dessins d’Eté, Dessins d’hiver

22/09 – 8/12/2018
galerie sintitulo, mougins

Molding and impression are the main terms within his creative process, repeatedly introducing issues related to photography, to the emergence of image, to the dialectic relation between positive and negative. In his sculptures, just as much in his paper works, the features and the qualities of different materials provoke a large variety of gestures (…)

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