D’or, d’argent

30 Mar — 27 May 2017 at Galerie Geraldine Banier in Paris, France

D’or, d’argent, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Galerie Geraldine Banier
D’or, d’argent, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Galerie Geraldine Banier
5 APR 2017

A surprising chemistry binds Sylvie Mangaud’s new bronzes to Alexia Tailleur’s tracing papers enhanced with gold. They seem to have been brought back from two poetic journeys. One from the deep savanna, among the high grass ; the other from the heart of the city, away the main roads. Both having only their look and attention as tools.

From these far and close adventures, Sylvie Mangaud and Alexia Tailleur brought back impressions and images, where bronze, gold, photography and tracing papers give shape.

Sylvie Mangaud, whose first longilineal silhouettes became a signature, here she seems to sculpt the passage. Its tension, its fleetingness and its grace. Her bronzes, far from frozening the actions, report movement, its fluidity, and its beauty. The elephants move forward with a safe and quiet step. Baboons fly from a branch to an other. Herons get ready to leave the nest. Cheetahs roam… Their run-up and their intentions are tangible.

Of gold, silver ans sometimes resin, Alexia Tailleur’s work gives also a particular attention to material. As a photographer, and visual artist, trained to the techniques of the icons, Alexia Tailleur gives value and visibility to what stays usually in the shadow. Her action shots, taken in the districts of Marseille and Perpignan, are printed on thick tracing papers and partially enhanced with gold. Alexia Tailleur captures our attention by bringing brightness and value in what seems for many, devoided.

Both artists handle, voluntarily or not, paradoxes. Sylvie Mangaud sculpts aerian and dynamic bronzes when Alexia makes sacred the layman, the one of the street and of today.