Pierre Labat puts the material data of space to the test with apt combinations which, at times, have something alchemical about them. Each of his powerful, sober constructions deploys a restricted, "minimalist" language of forms. Constantly questioning the position of the viewer, who becomes a component of the work, this is sculpture objectifying its own advent through physical and sensorial resistance. Permuting scientific and architectonic data, Labat brings sculpture closer to natural phenomena, and defines a new threshold onto the traversal of space. Playing on fullness and emptiness, submerging and blossoming, he articulates space with atemporal situations in order to explore the mechanisms of human behaviour.
Marianne Derrien, in the exhibition catalogue Infiltration, the privilege of pathways, Lisbon, 2011
Translated by John Doherty, 2014