The Gallery: Pierre Mabille

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Rotunda Installation Project Musee D’Art Roger Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand

Introducing Pierre Mabille, an artist obsessed with one elemental shape.

Over time this artist has “simplified and purified” his visual vocabulary, reducing images to signs and symbols, and finally coming to rest on this one visual symbol, a pointy-ended oval.

His work explores this shape – as well as looks for this shape in the world around us. On the artist’s website, you will be treated to numerous photographs of this shape found in all sorts of surprising places. What does it remind you of?

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Detail from Rotunda Project – Musee D’Art Roger Quillliot
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Craies sur papier, 2000
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Ombres – Dessin au Soleil – 2004

Mabille works primarily in France, and I discovered his work through Bleu Acier, an exhibition space and contract print atelier owned by collaborative Master Printer Erika Schneider, in Tampa Florida. The two images below are available through this gallery — Email bleuacier@verizon.net to request images of all Peirre’s work in stock.

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Dessin 6 from the New York Series, 2001-2002 Ink, acrylic and pastel on paper, 22 x 30. $1,000
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Dessin 1 from the New York Series, 2001-2002 Ink, acrylic and pastel on paper, 22 x 30. $1,000

And what a treat, to have a glimpse into his studio, below.

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The work is powerful on its own and in mulitiples, as well as blown up in scale. Below a few more installation views.

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Installation view, Musee des Beaux Arts, Mulhouse, 2002
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Installation view, Mulhouse, 2002
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Installation view, Rouen, 2004
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from Expositions Murmure, 2004
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