Bernar Venet: Gribs

Bernar Venet: Gribs

Thursday, June 7, 2012Sunday, August 12, 2012


Helsinki, Finland

Bernar Venet
New Works: Gribs

Opening reception in the presence of the artist: Thursday, June 7, 5-7 pm.

Galerie Forsblom is exhibiting the minimalist sculptor Bernar Venet’s new GRIB wall pieces. GRIBs are like living drawings. The pieces have quickly and spontaneously been outlined on paper, but their physicality becomes monumental when they are raised up to the wall as steel sculptures. The idea behind the works is a combination of mathematics and the movement of the hand, which has been the main theme of the artist’s works for decades. The relief drawings placed on the wall are reminiscent of new types of forms: because of their lines and movements, GRIBs appear as three-dimensional graffiti, or as large format tags.
Alongside the GRIBs exhibition are exhibited works from the Arc and Indeterminate Lines series. In the Arc series, curved bundles arch with care and restraint in accordance to mathematical calculations. In direct contrast to the rational and the calculated Arc sculptures are the organic Indeterminate Lines series sculptures. Depending on the angle from which they are viewed, they appear to freely shrink, elongate or rotate around themselves. In addition to the Galerie’s central hall and studio, the exhibition extends into the lobby of the Suomi building as well as into Lönnrot park.