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STEPHANE VIGNY
 
FOREVER YOUNG
KEREN BENBENISTY, NICOLAS BOULARD, BETH CAMPBELL, LIU CHUANG, AURELIE DUBOIS, CHOUROUK HRIECH, CIPRIAN MURESAN, VLADIMIR NIKOLIC, ANA PRVACKI, CLEMENT RODZIELSKI, SYLVAIN ROUSSEAU, STEPHANE VIGNY
 
Vintage, 2007, Stéphane Vigny and Natacha Dubois-Dauphin, oak wood drum kit
IPE Staff+, 2008, plaster, 250 x 30 x 15 cm
Prototype, 2008, PVC pipe
 
Stéphane Vigny has become an improbable object association specialist of which he diverts the use in a crazy, poetic or critical way. He proceeds with encounters between banal elements and more precious objects, renewing the opposition speech between low and high culture. His work is part of a customisation aesthetic, drawing from a reservoir of objects to which he gives a second life which is much more exciting than the first.
After Claes Oldenburg’s soft, Pop battery, here is one made of vintage oak barrels by Stéphane Vigny, a post-Pop reprise with strong viticultural accents. The recurring question in this artist’s work is that of the advance taken by any readymade, whose finality remains, but whose symbolic quotient is freshly revived. In the space at ANNE+ the recurrent structural element is the T-beam, the geometrical metal beam whose profile evokes a typographical capital letter. It is present throughout in the order of the visible and even in the order of the implicit. Stéphane Vigny chose to make a plaster replica on site, like a post-minimal response, an echo of a twin beam that is found along the passage under the mezzanine. This reflexivity, this guaranteed mirror effect, turns out to be the most offbeat gesture of the whole set-up. In keeping with her general reinterpretation of the fundamentals of object art, the artist is presenting a sculpture in the form of a set of Vauban barriers in PVC tubing. Devoid of vertical bars, the figure remains free. The resulting pile thus plays perfectly in the register of the familiar while leaving considerable room for incongruity.
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ph. Rémy Lidereau