Raphaël zarka

Le Tombeau d'Archimède

Exhibition  Production    Works    Publication    Biography

Exhibition

  • Exhibition from octobre 8th to december 31th 2011  

'Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed': echoing the famous maxim attributed to the chemist and philosopher Antoine Lavoisier, Raphaël Zarka's practice interrogates the slippages and migrations of geometric forms through history. We could say that he "encounters" these forms as a researcher and a curious collector, samples them and connects them according to a logic that is both intuitive and philosophical. So whether he is drawing on art, science, culture or industry, Raphaël Zarka designates the particular troubling coincidences or other geometric resurgences that mark out periods and fields of knowledge.

His approach to forms and materials is not unlike the practice of skateboarding, which he has in fact been documenting for many years. His position is anthropological (La Conjonction interdite, 2003) and historical (Une journée sans vague, 2006), but above all sculptural (Topographieanecdotée du skateboard, 2008), in which he analyses the relationship of skaters to urban space and their way of "operating a kind of edit out of the diversity of materials and forms offered by the city". 

In the series Les Formes du repos (2001-2011), the artist pursues a similar inquiry: his shots of concrete objects, industrial forms isolated in an often overgrown natural context, stand as fortuitous sculptures that encounter the complex geometry of rhombicuboctahedra, haunt a Leonardo da Vinci drawing or reappear in a Galileo mechanical study. For Raphaël Zarka, these geometric volumes feed into a founding corpus: he replicates them and articulates their grammar in the form of sculptures marked by the after-image of a renewed minimal aesthetic.

Apparently formalist, his recent works remain the products of an amateur's curiosity, permitting itself all media and inviting the public to a non linear reading of the history of art. For if the ancient schemas of mathematicians reinject meaning into our reading of abstract sculpture; from constructivism to 1960s minimalism the inverse is also true, with skateboarding as the backcloth and an obstinate quest for movement, for the spatial and temporal loop...

Titling the exhibition he has conceived for Saint-Nazaire Le Tombeau d'Archimède, Raphaël Zarka details the researches he carried out during his residency at the Villa Medici in Rome this year: a new stage in the exploration of geometric forms out of which flow several new productions leading us to seek out invisible links between painting and sculpture. Archimedes appears here as a tutor, an engineer and a key figure in the history of polyhedra. Around him, Raphaël Zarka brings together sculptures, replicas and photographs as multiple fragments of a single open narrative, both fictional and documentary, wherein a subjective archaeology invents itself out of citation, reprise and sampling.

Eva Prouteau


Production

Ambone, 2011
Sculpture, birch
39,2 x 26,6 / 21,1
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris

Studiolo, 2011
Sculpture, birch
47,8 x 45,4 / 35,3
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Letto, 2011
Sculpture, birch
47,8 x 45,4 / 35,3
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Stallo, 2011
Sculpture, birch
47,8 x 45,4 / 35,3
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Portrait de Wenzel Jamnitzer, 2011
offset print
30x34cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Portrait d'Abraham Sharp, 2011
offset print
30x34cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Planche nº21 du livre de Max Bruckner, 2011
offset print
30x34cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Le tombeau d'Archimède à Syracuse, Sicile, 2011
offset print
30x34cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Autel de la Fortune dédié à la divinité grecque Tyché, 2011
offset print
30x34cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Autoportrait du révérend P. Jean-François Niceron, 2011
offset print
30x34cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris  

Sans Titre, 2011
series of 16 prints
40 x 60cm each
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Les prismatiques, 2011
Series of 6 sculptures, oak
variable dimensions
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris 

Le cénotaphe d'Archimède, 2011
Sculpture, bricks
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris


Works

Giotto's house, 2008
Photography, lambda print
100 x 70 cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris   

Studiolo, 2008
Sculpture, plywood bakelise
54,5 x 70 x 43,5 cm
Collection Frac Alsace, Sélestat

Ufficio, 2010
Sculpture, plywood bakelise
24 x 42 x 73,5 cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris  

Forme à clé, 2011
Sculpture, plywood bakelise
24 x 42 x 73,5 cm
Courtesy galerie Michel Rein, Paris   


Publication

FREE RIDE. SKATEBOARD, MÉCANIQUE GALILÉENNE ET FORMES SIMPLES
Editions B42, Paris
With the support of Centre national des arts  plastiques, ministère de la Culture et de la  Communication,
A co edition Le Grand Café, centre d'art contemporain de la ville de Saint-Nazaire, FRAC Franche-Comté, galerie Michel Rein and Carhartt.
128 pages -
French 
13 x 20.8 cm 

The text has been written by Raphaël Zarka during his residency in Saint-Nazaire in august 2010

Raphael Zarka
édition B42, Paris / galerie Michel Rein
With the support of Le Grand Café, centre d'art contemporain de la Ville de Saint-Nazaire, la Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, les Eglises, centre d'art contemporaine de la Ville de Chelles,  FRAC Alsace, 'Angers (Musée des Beaux Arts) and  CAN - Centre d'art Neuchâtel.
236 pages
French / English, 195mm x 260mm.
ISBN : 9782917855324
30 euros


Biography

Born in 1977 in Montpellier.
Lives and works in Paris.
Represented by galerie Michel Rein, Paris/Brussels

2011

- Le tombeau d'Archimède, Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, France
- Principles of Roman Knowledge, Pastificio de Cerere, Rome, Italy
- Topographie anecdotée du skateboard, Musée des Beaux Arts, Lons le Saunier, France

2010

- Memoria, Musée du Berry, France
- PERGOLA, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
- FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, France

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More informations about the artist :

Michel Rein gallery