Cyrille André's sculptural works are on exhibit at Galerie Piece Unique in a solo show titled 'Case à Palabres (Toguna)', on view till Sep. 14, 2013.
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.
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Cyrille André, Installation view; Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Piece Unique
More on Cyrille André (b. 1972, )
After scientific studies, Cyrille André attends the Art School of Paris and Grenoble, where he learns sculpture. At the beginning, he sculpts animals which he imagines in four parts: the forequarters, the hindquarters, the body and the neck corresponding to the most important articulations. Here is his bestiary of very large-scale sculptures which parts are hold by tenons and slots, in movement or outspread on the floor in a disarticulated relaxing. Cyrille André’s wood sculptures refuse the classical ideas of beauty : he presents us undefinable animals, men or women without face. Their dimensions share in creating the mystery which wraps these works, they are not heroes and still their monumental size has a holy something. The use of chain saw to create the incisions and the rough surfaces on the finished forms gives vitality and humanism (humanity) to his creations. The represented postures refer to the waiting, to the human isolation.
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(Image on top: Cyrille André, Rhinos-Keras , 2013, Polyester Resin, 169 x 59 x 59 cm; Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Piece Unique)