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Etienne Viard

free The Poetry of Instability by Etienne Viard

From 14/06/2013 at 10:00 to 26/07/2013 at 18:00

The Piper Gallery presents the steel sculptures of the French artist Etienne Viard for the first time in the UK. 

Viard began his career as a ceramicist before expanding his range of materials to include earth, stone, wood, glass and a variety of salvaged objects. In the early 1990s, he took the drastic decision to destroy the majority of his sculptures and for the last two decades, since that decisive purge, he has worked solely in steel. Viard’s embrace of destruction as a prelude to creation speaks of the contradiction that runs through his recent work; classical order carries a lurking threat of instability or collapse. The harmony of Viard’s works is uneasy, ever-poised to unravel or implode. Chaos is held in balance.

The Piper Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London W1T 1PE

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