Location: Musée d’Art Spontané in Brussels, 27 rue de la Constitution, 1030 Schaerbeek, Brussels
Dates: June 11th through July 9th, 2022
The museum will exhibit the 17 artworks which the artist has donated to the museum since 2012, in addition to a few other recent small sculptures in raku and bronze done using an African method.
Read the exhibition announcement (in French)
After scientific studies and 10 years spent abroad in the framework of Cultural and Technical Cooperation, I do a one-year internship at the National School of Applied Arts in Paris. Then I work as a teacher in the secondary. From 1980, I led a double life as a teacher and a sculptor.
I start with modeling with a whole series of little heads that oscillate between caricature, psychological research, or social criticism. Daumier’s influence is a starting point. These little heads soon become characters on feet, where the accent continues to be given priority over facial expressions. These characters are soon accompanied by a context, with extravagant machines built from recycled materials. In this whole process, my point of view is deliberately satirical, that’s why, I quickly join the group of Critical Figuration Art.
This series of machines made in 1996 marks a turning point in my approach, by the introduction of chance and extravagance in my work. I then move away from the modeling to let myself be carried away by the imagination that results from assembling wood with other salvaged materials. Then follow several series of funny birds, animals in human form, devilish dancers, or other hybrid characters dressed as for a fashion show … From figurative, the sculptures then switch to what we call Outsider Art.
If there is a common thread between all these sculptures, whether figurative or singular, it is the human being, with these tics and his grimaces, and his deep dismay in the face of a destiny that walks between the tragic and the comic. The glance which is carried on this humanity oscillates between the humor and the sarcasm, with a retreat which wants to be criticized in the face of so much stupidity or pretension.