DARK FORCE

Just opening at the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris is a monumental show by Belgian artist Johan Creten.

Fragile ceramic flowers, each one painstakingly created by hand, exert unexpected force when combined together and darkly glazed, here in inky blacks and blood reds.

The most arresting piece is Le Rocher (The Rock), an enormous bust measuring almost three metres in height, composed of hundreds of flowers sculpted in bronze using the lost wax technique. This iconic feminine torso also resembles a tree trunk, and contains in its inner sanctum a golden beehive which, according to the artist, can also be replaced by a live hive. See it here, as well as a video interview with the artist, on the Perrotin website.

Very earthy and vegetal, precious and conceptual–and very alive with vital energy,

Lisa

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~ by lisacwhite on January 9, 2010.

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