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Galerie Piece Unique

Exhibition Detail
Case à Palabres (Toguna)
4 rue Jacques Callot
75006 Paris

May 23rd, 2013 - September 14th, 2013
May 23rd, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rhinos-Keras , CYRILLE ANDRECYRILLE ANDRE, Rhinos-Keras ,
2013, Polyester Resin, 169 x 59 x 59 cm
© Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Piece Unique
Sentinelle, Cyrille AndréCyrille André, Sentinelle,
2013, Aluminium, 235 x 115 x 85
© Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pièce Unique
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6th Arrondissement
+33 14 326 5458
Tuesday thru Saturday from 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM 2.30 PM to 7.00 PM; other hours on appointment only
sculpture, installation

Cyrille André was at first known for the sculptures he made carving tree trunks with the chain saw. Often inspired by the social behavior, he uses the animal or monumental metaphor to treat these subjects. After the outdoor exhibition which the City of Metz dedicated him during summer 2012 at the Botanical garden, the Convent of Récollets and the Arsenal, for his fourth personal exhibition at Galerie Pièce Unique, Cyrille André stages a set of hybrid figures consisted of human bodies decorated with animal heads. These sculptures, of various sizes in polyester resin, bronze or aluminum, have a dialogue between them and invite us to do so.

By associating the animal representation with the human figure Cyrille André enriches it with myths, faiths and symbols which are linked to animals through the collective and individual imaginary. We find on all the continents and in most of the cultures rites which refer to this "anthropozoomorphist " hybridization. Since the IV millennium, Egyptians represented their divinities by associating animal parts with the human body. This practice allowed to move men closer to gods and to overtake the human condition.

The same thing happens in Africa where the bearing of zoomorphic masks is still of current events in numerous ritual ceremonies. These masks are the representation of the dominant characteristics of the represented animals and they mostly allow to communicate with the spirits.

Here, it is not about mask. These animal heads are a part of these human bodies. The whole figures are inhabited by their bestiality.

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