The GRIBS series is an extension of the original wooden Indeterminate Lines that were displayed as reliefs between 1979 and 1983. They are made of torch-cut steel plates measuring 35mm. This technique, which adds to the unpredictable nature of “scribbles”, gives these works a rougher character, less elegant and accessible than their relief predecessors. With these new works, the artist investigates a very wide field of new propositions with a wide array of formal diversity.
Venet’s sculptures are all about how they are made and how metal resists. They’re a test of strength, a battle between the piece of metal and the artist himself. It’s a constant fascinating struggle between the artist’s will and the rigid nature of the laminated bar. The artist is guided by the metal bar, and not by his desire for domination. The result is a complex interplay of concessions, where the bar remain autonomous. The product is a testimonial both to the act of forging and to the possibilities of a material which Venet do not change beyond the limits of its natural characteristics.
Opening Concurrently at Ace Gallery Los Angeles & Beverly Hills
Saturday July 20, 2013
Beverly Hills 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Los Angeles 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM