Louise Alexander Gallery

Pascal Haudressy

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Pascal Haudressy (French, born in 1968) lives and works in Paris.

Contemporary images—be they in the arts or the media—are for the most part “uncontrolled”; there is always room for the random, the imponderable. Image segment, image relay—it is precisely in this type of image that Pascal Haudressy has immersed himself. His marble sphere sculptures seem not so much to defy gravity (this has already been done, from Phidias to Rodin) as to go through it, to weight it.

It is likewise a question of lines. Rodin said that a good sculpture must have infinity. With Haudressy, we go from a multitude of tangled lines to almost random ones. And yet it somehow all “holds” together and has even monumentalized itself. Because all statues of high quality incarnate the Latin verb “stare”; they are either enduring—or nothing. These are not mere marble soap bubbles but, in the words of Pascal, amino acids. That which is chaotic is not this perilous lack of balance but the physiochemical process of generating life itself; a quantum universe where everything is askew. Following Tony Cragg’s brilliant example (the tacit agreement of his structures with those of DNA), Haudressy gives statuary a whole new body—a molecular body of potentialities carrying flows of information, awaiting their realization in “life signs”. Calder and Tinguely have found in Haudressy an heir worthy of their fateful “blunders”.

(Pierre Sterckx)

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