Effondrement:Arcs, 2016

Basel 2016
von Bartha
Corten steel
Since the early 1990s, Venet has created many variations of Effondrements, Dispersions and Accidents, continuing his early interest in gravity and the interaction between different elements that determine a sculpture’s form. In Effondrement:Arcs, Venet creates a sea of debris shaped over the course of time. Arcs of Cor-ten steel are toppled and piled on top of each other, with the pieces colliding in counter curves. The work bears a formal resemblance to Peter Paul Ruben’s The Fall of the Rebel Angels, a painting Venet first saw in 1960 when he was 19 years old – one year before discovering mastic asphalt, which gave wings to his art. It sparked a series of paintings and sculptures entirely indebted to gravity: In 1961, the artist poured tar onto pieces of cardboard for Déchets. In 1963, he covered a monochrome canvas in tar for Goudrons, and also created the first formless sculpture of contemporary art: Tas de charbon, a heap of coal resting on the rubble of civilization.