Born in 1977
Lives and works in Marseilles
Yannick Papailhau's works do not tally with any programmatic desire; on the contrary, they seem to powerfully lay claim to their decidedly empirical dimension. Combining the pleasure of construction with that of DIY, mechanics and quirkiness, his sculptures and his drawings alike have turned their back on any form of technological fascination. The fact is that the artist is more interested in the way bachelor machines function than in the effectiveness of mechanical production. He gropingly develops a poetics of ricketiness/ unsoundness which is at once funny and sensitive.
Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.