Curator : Sébastien Faucon
Breaking the Orb marks a new direction in his work. Over the last decade he has carried out sculptural experiments involving processes often with petroleum-based synthetic polymers. Today Gyan Panchal treads a path on the borderline between human and non-human, organic and inorganic, animate being and inanimate thing.
Gyan Panchal gathers and collects used utilitarian man-made objects that have been dumped in the environment and they have grown to become the prime materials of his works. Synthetic and natural substances are added or subtracted from works, the latest set feature an agricultural storage hopper, lifebelts, planks and a canoe.
Despite the patina of weathering and time, the original purpose of these objects can still be identified. The artist may have chosen the rôle of a sculptor but his use of these materials is almost painterly in the way their pictorial nature is brought out.
Breaking the Orb underlines basic processes Gyan Panchal exploits as he arranges, duplicates, subtracts and sands. The result is fragmented, open sculptures that reveal their interiors and inner resonances.
The works appear timeless, giving an impression of them hanging suspended in mid-air in the exhibition space, as if waiting for something. Their pearly surfaces add another layer of worrying mystery to the question of their true identity.
This excerpt from Henri Focillon’s Éloge de la main (1934) seems appropriate. “The mind comes alive as soon as accidents impress their chance forms on materials and a hand exploits the disaster. Dealing with a chaotic world in this manner produces its most surprising effects when applied to materials little suited for art, improvised tools, fragments, detritus, so worn and cracked that they become a remarkable source of inspiration.”
Breaking the Orb is a floating landscape replete with a series of apparitions or repetitions that are both well balanced or unstable. They form a world that is simultaneously over and open-ended.
Gyan Panchal, born in 1973, lives and works in Eymoutiers. Previous exhibitions have included those at Edouard Manet Gallery (Gennevilliers), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and La Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou (Carjac). Works by Gyan Panchal can be viewed in collections at the Pompidou Centre, Centre national des arts plastiques, Modern Art Museum in Paris and FRAC Ile de France. Gyan Panchal is managed by the Marcelle Alix Gallery, Paris.