Claes Oldenburg made monumental pieces of junk food in the nineteen sixties. Hamburgers, hotdogs, ice-cream, you name it, he made it. Vincent Olinet works a bit in the same vein.
Olinet’s work must be popular. Who doesn’t like the riches of a royal cake?
But it must be a bit of a joke, opening the parade of French sculpture on the Lange Voorhout under the banner of Grandeur. Well, it would have been a real joke if all the Lange Voorhout was full of birthday cakes, on the pavements, on the lawns etc.
What kind of sculpture is this? Well, any object can be a sculpture. But this is meant to be two photographs of two installations by Emmanuelle Lainé. Nice, but what is it doing here?
Fine discrete work made on the spot by Yushin U Chang.
Happily there is also a real and fine sculpture by Lainé on show, adjusted to the local context.
Bruno Peinado’s Sans titre / Globule Ubiquity Vibrations (Why do artists give a work a title while it has no title?) is quite nice at night, but by daytime it’s a bit of a dull affair.
Another Sans titre with a title, even with a pun in the title.
These Mattresses by Laurent Le Deunff are really interesting, but again, what are they doing here? They’re not given the opportunity to surprise.
Works by Guillaume Castel.
Marie-Hélène Richard made an in itself quite unobtrusive work on the spot. By giving it this special attention it becomes part of this parade of articles. While it could have played a role of quietly being there in combination with other works.
Cyrille André, a sculptor of figures and animals presents us with a falconer and his eagle and with five more eagles. “André examines in this work the complex relationship between mankind and nature (…)” says the information panel. What if André just likes sculpting eagles?
Interesting work by Vincent Ganivet and
a more or less minimalist work by Julien Prévieux, which in fact is less minimalist than it looks like.
Stéphanie Cherpin shows two interesting works.
The more you are near the other end of the parade the more monumental the works become. Hanging sculpture by Samuel Yal.
Next time, Lilian Bourgeat, make some furniture where people can actually sit on! (But i like the shadows it’s casting…)
Adel Abdessemed’s Headbutt (or maybe rather Zidane’s Headbutt?) is the opening work at the other side of Lange Voorhout, and as such the pendant of the strawberry cake by Olinet. It is popular amongst soccer fans and tourists alike and it’s big, so it’s probably in the right place. But
in the mean time the question is if the concept of these annual presentations
should be changed. Apart from the fact that i fail to understand what
is so French about this and what it has to do with Grandeur, the
simple parade of artistic objects, where every sculpture has its own domain, with
information panels, which invite to read and learn the interpretation of the curators,
is, to say the least, a bit boring. Why not make it more adventurous
and integrate the works of art more with the whole Lange Voorhout and with each other?
Why not surprise people and let them discover things, instead of having them
reading information panels? Sculptures, some of them quite interesting in themselves, become harmless
items in a parade of French artistic produce. Why are the works showcased like in a huge
trade fair in a way that consumers can make their own choice, while
reading the advertising texts of the curators? Sculpture is not a choice, sculpture is a fact…
(Click on the pictures to enlarge)