• "I like the idea of creating something beautiful out of something broken."

    - Vincent Dubourg

    Known for his design creations that he has exhibited around the world for more than 15 years, Vincent Dubourg presents for the very first time a new facet of his artistic work through his sculptures, burned wood paintings and wall installations, as part of his solo exhibition "Density", from June 11 to August 27, 2022 at Danysz Paris - Marais.

     

  • Vincent Dubourg, Random 2022 (detail)
  • desacralization of art
    Vincent Dubourg, Random, 2022

    desacralization of art

    An explorer and a self-taught artist, Vincent Dubourg is known for his bold design furniture as well as his sculptures. The French artist always claimed that art should be part of everyday life. Art, he decided early on in his career, should be desacralized in order for its presence to be with us, to be felt intimately and make us more mindful of the great scheme of things.

    Fascinated by a wide variety of materials and their intrinsic properties, Dubourg has worked alongside many professionals, founders, joiners, craftsmen of many trades, learning how those materials react to heat, how they can be moulded and pushed to their limits.

     

    From his secluded atelier deep in the countryside, which in itself could pass for a monumental piece of art, Dubourg creates powerful works imbued with a strong connection with nature at the crossroads of contemporary art and design, while disrupting habitual perceptions. He uses traditional techniques such as glass blowing, wood-benching, and metal casting as a means of transforming simple materials into poetic works that draw their inspiration from the rich and protean universe of nature. In his work, these seemingly destroyed objects are also instilled with a life of their own and a whole spirit.

  • into Dubourg's universe

  • "I define myself as a researcher.

    I spend an enormous amount of time experimenting with different materials, figuring out how to shape and push these materials to their limits and how far I can go with each one...that's the essence of my work."

    - Vincent Dubourg

    • Vincent Dubourg Conception, 2022 Print burned on wood 106 x 94 cm 41 1/2 x 37 1/2 in
      Vincent Dubourg
      Conception, 2022
      Print burned on wood
      106 x 94 cm
      41 1/2 x 37 1/2 in
    • Vincent Dubourg Embryon, 2022 Print burned on wood 134 x 79 cm 53 x 31 1/2 in
      Vincent Dubourg
      Embryon, 2022
      Print burned on wood
      134 x 79 cm
      53 x 31 1/2 in
    • Vincent Dubourg Fecondation, 2022 Print burned on wood 106 x 94 cm 41 1/2 x 37 1/2 in
      Vincent Dubourg
      Fecondation, 2022
      Print burned on wood
      106 x 94 cm
      41 1/2 x 37 1/2 in
    • Vincent Dubourg Random, 2022 Print burned on wood 114 x 49 cm 45 x 19 1/2 in
      Vincent Dubourg
      Random, 2022
      Print burned on wood
      114 x 49 cm
      45 x 19 1/2 in
    • Vincent Dubourg Paul-Matter of Soul, 2021 Aluminium 86 x 95 x 42 cm 33 7/8 x 37 3/8 x 16 1/2 in
      Vincent Dubourg
      Paul-Matter of Soul, 2021
      Aluminium
      86 x 95 x 42 cm
      33 7/8 x 37 3/8 x 16 1/2 in
    • Vincent Dubourg Door, 2021 Ceramic 150 x 100 cm 59 1/8 x 39 3/8 in
      Vincent Dubourg
      Door, 2021
      Ceramic
      150 x 100 cm
      59 1/8 x 39 3/8 in
    • Vincent Dubourg Energy Body, 2021 Aluminium 213 x 280 x 52 cm 83 7/8 x 110 1/4 x 20 1/2 in
      Vincent Dubourg
      Energy Body, 2021
      Aluminium
      213 x 280 x 52 cm
      83 7/8 x 110 1/4 x 20 1/2 in
    • Vincent Dubourg Etreinte, 2022 Print burned on wood 101 x 90 cm 40 x 35 1/2 in
      Vincent Dubourg
      Etreinte, 2022
      Print burned on wood
      101 x 90 cm
      40 x 35 1/2 in
  • "In my work, the form gives life to the concept. There is above all a spirit and a soul which are transcribed by the form, and then comes the function. It is all about making the sculpture live in the habitat and desacralizing the work of art by getting to grips with it, in order to go beyond contemplation."
    - Vincent Dubourg

  • the meaning of art
    Vincent Dubourg, Surface N5, 2020, Low coffee table

    the meaning of art

    Vincent Dubourg's relationship with matter is physical. The artist explores the material: he burns, melts, sculpts, digs and hammers. His works are made of bronze, terracotta, aluminum, steel, wood, and much more, playing on contrasts and fundamental oppositions — empty and full, earthly and celestial, masculine and feminine, wild and tame.

     

    For Dubourg, furniture is only a pretext for exploring the meaning of art: it is not an end in itself but a means of embodying the artistic act in the material. In his hands, the object exceeds its function and becomes aesthetic, poetizing ordinary life. His furniture becomes sculpture, and then the sculpture frees itself from any function and only exists to give body to the material.

     

    His perfect mastery of technique allows him to create works of art that blend into the mass and pay homage to the movement as well as the immensity of Mother Nature, while disrupting our perception.

  • "There is a desire to know the origin of shape in order to remove it from its context and deconstruct its form. The destruction is necessary for the construction of a new order. it is irreversible and necessary, just as in nature."

    - Vincent Dubourg

  • POETRY IN MOVEMENT
    Vincent Dubourg, Freedom Soaring, 2021 - Wood installation

    POETRY IN MOVEMENT

    "Density" brings together sculptures made of aluminum, paintings of burned wood, and ceramic pieces that constitute an alphabet of forms that are articulated together to invite us into the artist's universe.

     

    Dubourg, who seeks to claim acts of total freedom through his artistic proposal presents organic, dynamic and sculptural forms full of vibrations that tell a story, evoking the vulnerability of the moment. "It gives a very delicate and precious moment about what is fragile. A form of poetry that places us all in movement and moments of instability," he explains.

     

    Through Density, the artist captures the moment of transformation, and invites us to discover the moment of fusion, when everything metamorphoses and freezes, pushing back the limits of his art as he has been doing for many years and creating mesmerizing pieces of art.

     

  • PASSAGE
    Vincent Dubourg, Door, 2021

    PASSAGE

    Vincent Dubourg transforms the most familiar objects into works of art, giving them an immaterial dimension, an extra-special something. A recurring figure in his work, the door is a means for the artist to show us an opening onto the landscape of our hopes. It is a desire to symbolize a threshold, a passage, which can carry the echo of symbolic forces assigned to "the doors of our origins".

    "Doors are the simplest structures in architecture: a frame designating a threshold, the passage from one space to another. A concrete space as much as an imaginary one, actually. Thus they became an essential figure of our founding myths, welcoming, defending the sacred enclosures devoted to the union with the invisible forces of the universe.”

    - Vincent Dubourg

  • Vincent Dubourg was born in Paris in 1977. He studied at École de Design de Nantes. His work has been...

    Vincent Dubourg was born in Paris in 1977. He studied at École de Design de Nantes. His work has been shown in major institutions such as the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, or the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. A monograph on his work was published by Norma Editions in 2017.

    He lives in Felletin, France.

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