Coulée sauvage - 4

$844
Sculpture
One of a kind work
30 x 25 cm
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Metal Sculpture
Type
One of a kind work
Dimensions
30 x 25 cm
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The liquid metal is left free to flow without the constraint of an impression to be filled. It cascades and, cooling, its tumult freezes in the fall. The solid keeps the mark of a fluctuating, uncertain, voluble past. He seems to only want to prolong his course towards rest, the puddle, a smooth layer of fluid relieved of its primitive energy... but remains in suspense. The bed of this cataract torn from time seems to be levitating. Maybe he hopes to escape the mass that drowns him. Its regular geometry contrasts with the chaos of the flow. The resulting confusing impression would evoke the fantastic landscape of a deliquescent Atlantis abandoned to the seaweed. Thus poured on a glazed metal mass, the molten aluminium creates shapes channelled by the hand of the casting artist. The flows overlap, intertwine and fall, run down and drip from their substrate, in spikes, balls, smooth, wrinkled, metal emancipated from the artifice. It’s the wild flow.

Sauvage casting-4 consists of a large cylindrical mass of steel that is submerged by a stream of aluminum while keeping it in suspension.

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Alexandre Behot

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CONDÉCOURT (95), FRANCE

56 works

I discovered the foundry by chance. Moreover, in retrospect, my life often seems to me like a succession of happy accidents. However, it was perhaps from my first contact with molten metal (in 2008) that I began to really force fate. It was a slap, an emotion, a love at first sight, go through all the galvaudeous figures that suit you, I had found my way. The foundry. Take metal, an alloy, wear over high heat: it melts! pour the liquid into a mold (or elsewhere). Serve cold. Since then I have been exploring the many sides of this discipline. First an engineer, then a craftsman, then an artist. I like to imagine myself as the explorer of a terra incognita with no horizon that would be the whole of what can be done with liquid metal. After studying and practicing traditional art casting techniques I started looking for alternatives/biais/dévoiements. Not in a scientific, quantitative, measured way... but not just any way. What drives me is the tension of the casting and the surprise of the opening of the mould that follows it. Let myself be suspended by the metal that has more or less bent to my will, observe how it has taken over the spaces of freedom that I have created for it. Epiphany or disappointment, the chasing and patina then begin a creative dialogue with the material, from the raw material to the sculpture. I explore new craft techniques in order to draw from them artistic forms that I hope will be new, but also sensitive and evocative.

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