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Watchlist Artist: Marie Denis

For "Lucy", her third solo show at Alberta Pane Gallery, Marie Denis has chosen to present new large format sculptures. But who is Lucy? Our ancestor, of course, that Australopithecus afarensis, the first woman, the first lady... On this occasion the gallery will turn into a place of birth, of origins, of a beginning. It is also a metaphor for an impossible acquaintance, for the difficulty - impossibility even? - to transfer any knowledge of reality. A reality transformed into knowledge, on which Marie Denis has focused before in some sort of curiosity chambers - exhibition designs that could so suitably be described by the term "Wunderkammer", i.e. "Chamber of Wonders". Contrary to the exuberance of these previous exhibitions, the gallery now presents a return to "primary", or "primal", pieces,
touching the origin of things, of life.

The sculptures of Marie Denis lead us to the very soul of objects (for Marie Denis, every object has a soul) that is disclosed by her creations' sheer force. L’oeuf gigogne* (The Nesting Egg) in its exaggerated dimensions is made from acacia, lime tree and walnut; it appears as a symbol of birth and every source of life, but also as a pure sculpture of exceptional beauty.

(text source: Gallery Alberta Pane)

Marie Denis, Nue (La grappe de raisin), 2012, sculpture (wood), 135x45cm; Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Alberta Pane / *Work realised in collaboration with Kamila Régent and Andrzej Wrona


More about Marie Denis (b. 1972, France)

The work of artist Marie Denis comes first on the objects or places to give them to see and take as new, reinvented. His attention also point favorite with the botanical principles, situations in−between.´s installations, sculptures and objects are often designed from raw materials or diverted and anchored on cultural practices. She likes to circumventing the rules, dens and know−how to idealize. His work is harmony between the universal and the everyday.

Her work thrives on stimulation of the world outside, it is enriched by the people she meets and the places where they live. It always starts with a context and its possible interaction with the viewer, it is exercised in city or wilderness. What interests her is the fleeting moment and most of the appropriation by the visitor of the proposal made to him in a kind of constant reinvention of work, including the purpose of departure may be a tree, fruit, architecture.

(text source: Gallery Alberta Pane)

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[Image on top: Marie Denis, L'oeuf-Gigogne, 2011-2012, sculpture, wood (lime, acacia, walnut); Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Alberta Pane / *Work realised in collaboration with Kamila Régent and Antonni Kruczek]

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/4/13 | tags: sculpture mixed-media installation

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