Avant la panique
The first time I visited Vincent Beaurin’s studio in 2003 I was delighted to discover just how singular his work is. Since the eighties and for fifteen years now, the artist has been nurturing a fascinating relationship with objects.
Born in 1960, Vincent Beaurin today defies all established artistic movements. His “strangeness” cannot be put into any category. His work is not a demonstration of ideas and he is more than happy to leave it to the viewer to develop his own thoughts. He sculpts polystyrene with rudimentary tools. Polystyrene is light. It comes close to the most basic form of materiality. It is white like the snow in the Ardennes where he comes from and that sparkles like the glitter he uses to cover his sculptures.
In his own particular way, Vincent Beaurin creates an unusual world, both archaic and magic, where zoomorphic and mineral hybrids meet in a light that is sometimes icy, sometimes orange or golden.
The project he has created at le Crédac conjures up a mastaba, one of those trapezoid funeral monuments housing a tomb or a chapel, built for the notables of Pharaonic Egypt under the Ancient Empire. This is all the more interesting since the architect of the building, Jean Renaudie, refused to mark the entrances with any mise en scène, hiding them away like those of the Egyptian pyramids.
One might conjure up the natural history museum and amusement parks ail at the same time.
In this exhibition entitled Avant la panique everything is suspended.
Claire Le Restif
Born in 1960. Lives and works in Paris, France. http://www.vincentbeaurin.com/