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EXPO Sensorial room - Castel of Poncé/Loir

Exposition Chambres sensorielles au Château de Poncé  du 25 juin au 25 juin 2021
Ouverture de l’exposition tout l’été du jeudi au dimanche de 14h à 18h
et sur rendez-vous.  Tél.: 02 43 44 24 02 Téléphone mobile : 06 72 80 67 35

You would be wrong to think that to the density of the first statues of Gudea, the Prince of Lagash, more than 4000 years ago, to the great Greek kouros nearly 2600 years ago or to the concentrated intensity of the statue of Balzac by Rodin, would contrast fluid works, traversed by the atmospheres, or animated until the dissolution by matters which flow from it. You would be wrong because the approach of Jean-Bernard Métais is not to oppose the fluid to the massive but rather to show that by following the arc of time his works are only the accomplishment of solid forms, like the ice is another state of the water.

For so long the affirmed presence of the work in space, the effect of its mass, the quality of its deployment, the insistence of its aura, was the historical question of sculpture, what drives the research of Jean-Bernard Métais is rather to imagine objects that have the capacity to incorporate energies into the work, thus making it possible to visualize the incessant metamorphosis of things. Thus, for example, in the mirror of an immense hourglass, the back of the plan shows the sand which, moved, acts on its shape, and digs rimes there upon its depletion, a kind of counter-form, as if the disintegration of its volume revealed a pentacle of which geometry would be the spell. The gaze is then retained, fascinated by the spectacle of simultaneous transformations of the sand, which by changing the plan liquefies, builds pyramids or writes words according to a necessity carefully calculated by the artist. Of course, without the mind having to formulate it, the sand tells the time and collects the geological events, the animal and vegetal lives of which arena is only the deposit before its grains are bunched again and undertake by this concatenation a new cycle which will refute the title that the artist gives to these alloted times, since, each one of them, precisely uncloses the circle of time.

The sculptures of Jean-Bernard Métais are never separated from the world, because their question is not that of their unity closed in the silence of the stone or the bronze but on the contrary their dialogue with the open. The honeycomb metal associates its colors with the changes of the sky and the clouds. And the sculpture which can take the form of a shelter, like the Passe-muraille in Luxembourg, is only a fishnet divided into two quarters which, revealing the landscape when you seek its protection, indicating that separation would be the only threat. The body, woven by the projections of light and shadow that slide on it the movements of the sun and clouds, coordinates the human to his context as if this link was the ultimate asylum.

The link, it is, yes, that of the object to the cosmos or that of the individual to its history or to its contemporaries and, that it is fulfilled in its reflection on the water like the two-headed sculpture of Djurong in China or in the words of the population as the great obelisk of Valencienne, the work acts only because it is connected and that it can thus show the spectacle of the changes in progress, those of the spirit like those of nature. Fragile, sometimes frail as the rigging of a ship, but set to capture all the oscillations of the phenomena, these sculptures, sometimes swollen like yurts but agitated by the light and the wind, often erected like vigilantes, attentive such as the brisk antennas of an insect, these works, offered to the cosmos, available to its forces and confident in their strength observe for us and transmit the activity of the sensible world. By thus impulsing the graph of the indefatigable activity of nature, they connect us and sometimes lift us up. Thus Fort Lambert rests his secular spur on the waves of time, finding in this movement a breath that agitates like a chest inflated by the effort. He is there, he is an architecture, he will be sand, he is in the great cycle, he is alive.

Jean de Loisy
Directeur de l’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts




China (2012-2019)

Selected Artworks




Work in Sand

Video Presentation