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raphael zarka

riding zaviallof

a collector of forms, skateboarder / artist raphaël zarka captures the sculptural possibilities of
structures such as a concrete breakwater, unfinished monorail or the unrealized constructions
which litter the urban landscape. influenced by minimalism and land art, zarka’s work is based
on an almost scientific research of spaces and forms, guided by the need to order objects,
he says, ‘to organize the chaos of the things that interest me.‘ his experimental approach to volume,
geometry and materials resulting largely from the artist’s experience of skateboarding, has enabled
him to become familiar with the surface dynamics of urban space.

one particular series of photographs, ‘riding modern art’, is a composition of eleven photographs
of skaters whose images are captured riding works of public art. his photographs emphasize the
hidden dynamism in many of the public sculptures we encounter:
what strikes me, is that skaters prioritize a relationship with the work rather than a mechanical
relationship aesthetic. for them, all the interest of a sculpture is the variety of movements that
it recommends.
‘ -RZ

zarka has an upcoming exhibition at the french cultural center in milan, entitled ‘rhombus sectus’.
the show will focus on a selection of works produced over the last four years, witnessing the artist’s
linguistic eclecticism which moves between high art historical references and those of popular culture.

rhombus sectus
french cultural centre, milan
january 21st, 2010 to march 30th, 2010

l: riding trichet
r: riding langlois (both images)

riding modern art

l: riding georges
r: riding charlot, top and riding marley, bottom

riding modern art

forme du repos

forme du repos

raphaël zarka studied at the winchester school of art and the école nationale supérieure
de beaux-arts in paris. he has exhibited in numerous private and public spaces including,
the museum of modern art, oxford, contemporary art center, chelles and laura bartlett gallery,

predator sculpture (Michel de Broin, Superficielle)

“Mirror, glue, cement / Vosges, Alsace, France

Upon invitation to reflect on the notion of transparency, that led me into the forest to envelop the contour of a large stone with fragments of mirror.  The large stone, tucked away deep in the woods, became a reflective surface for its surroundings.  In this play of splintered radiance, the rock disappears in its reflections. Because it reflects one cannot be mislead by its presence, yet we cannot seize it, rather it is the rock that reflects us.”

May 9, 2009, 4:23 pm
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Spanish born, Bernardí Roig creates beautiful multi-media installations that boggle the mind.

Bernardí Roig is obsessed with death and immortality with aesthetics and eroticism, and with the “idee fixe” that the thinking man must reclaim his forfeited ability to relate to one another on an intimate level. He realizes that to truly communicate, we need a dialogue of more than the spoken word.

I know their aims are very different, but I think the way that he uses fluorescent lamps are similar with Dan Flavin: