Arnaud Vasseux

Born in 1969

Lives and works in Marseilles

The bold, enigmatic and fragile forms of Arnaud Vasseux's sculptures result from the manipulation of simple materials, taken from a catalogue of building materials and light industrial products—with a preference for materials which have to "go off": plaster, resin, fiberglass. The artist focuses all his attention on their physical properties, and their technical possibilities and limits, based on which are developed the unusual procedures and manipulations which will affect the initial project. Combined with this experimental nature of the production of form is the scale of the works, which often dialogue with the scale of building and place. So each intervention offers the visitor the conditions of an experience—a moment of heightened intensity of his own senses and of his receptiveness to the aesthetic and poetic charge—where place and work inform each other, fuel each other, and enrich each other. So the exhibition is not just a moment during which the work is added to a place, but the reunion of a space and a time of being tested, of tension of action and object in its articulation with space, a particular moment of the experience, which is heightened by the immoveable and ephemeral character of the sculptures.
Cédric Loire

Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.