Having started by directly carving
tree trunks with a chain saw, Cyrille André, graduate from
the Beaux Arts in Grenoble, outlines in a minimum gesture, a monumental
The titanic and rough character of each sculpture surrounds each
other with unexpected melancholy and sweetness raised from the tender
smoothness of the postures he is giving to them.
Until 1999, Cyrille André produced mainly animal forms. Then,
his massive energetic bestiary comes close to semi-giant hybrids,
taking a human form: provocative women with resin stomach and leaden
boots, men and torturers, stiff and densely built-up with leaden
shorts, abandoned tortured figures hanging-up dislocated. "I
long for not being in scale one. It has to be bigger or smaller.
This change of scale allows to take some distance from the daily
life reality, helping an open interpretation of the work. On top
of all, making large sized sculptures requires a physical commitment
which takes part in the dynamism of the shape".
The original idea is to be exceeded by the material.
This relation with the material finds its result in the choice
of using wood, whose,
even once cut and carved, ages, changes color, splits... A wooden
skin cut up with a chain saw, "quasi" right on the tree,
in a marbles game vivified through the movement.
For his second exhibition at the gallery PIECE UNIQUE, the artist
wants to go to the essential; return to basics, primitive. He'd rather
work on the expression of feelings than a specific representation.
At PIECE UNIQUE VARIATIONS, in a new loneliness, man remains accompanied
by dogs: reference is made to the dogs of streets, companions of
the homeless. They are in group but still alone. They wait, tired,
their neglected body at the feet of their master.
At PIECE UNIQUE, Cyrille André carries on
with this dialogue between men and animal within a dreamlike universe
materials (laminated polystyrene and black resin) and setting it
in a totally different universe: five watchdogs manufactured as consumer
products, are presented in the gallery, such as design objects; they
are the reflection of fashion. These dogs, developed breed from German
mastiff, beauceron and pittbull, are transgenic brothers, clones
whose morphology is being studied to answer aesthetic criteria. They
are body-built, mold by the surgery and genetic crossroads. They
are luxury goods, displayed to show off their owner's splendor. Their
number, their big size and their imposing morphology symbolize his