Sébastien de Ganay: Still

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Sébastien de Ganay: Still

Zürich

Sébastien de Ganay: Still
to Sat 10 Apr 2021
Tue-Fri noon-6pm, Sat noon-4pm

Häusler Contemporary starts the new exhibition season with Sébastien de Ganay’s third solo show in Zurich. In his new works, for which he surprisingly returns to manual techniques, he investigates in a well-tried manner the richness of reference of art history and everyday life.

Artworks

Yellow Folded Flat Sequence 03 A-C, 2019

Aluminium, Varnish
75 x 97 x 6 cm ( 29 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 2 3/8 inches ) 60 x 90 x 10 cm ( 23 5/8 x 35 3/8 x 3 7/8 inches ) 57 x 87 x 10 cm ( 22 1/2 x 34 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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Red Folded Flat 02, 2015

Aluminium, welded, matt granulated varnish
85 x 85 x 14 cm ( 33 1/2 x 33 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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Ceramic 35, 2019

Ceramic
24 x 32 x 28 cm ( 9 1/2 x 12 5/8 x 11 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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Ceramic 67, 2020

Ceramik
18 x 27 cm ( 7 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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Conversation of Ceramic 59 & 60, 2020

Ceramic
24 x 24 x 21 cm ( 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches ) 24 x 34 x 20 cm ( 9 1/2 x 13 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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Conversation of Ceramic 55 & 56, 2020

Ceramic
28 x 25 x 18 cm ( 11 x 9 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches ) 21 x 28 x 20 cm ( 8 1/4 x 11 x 7 7/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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Ceramic 47, 2020

Ceramic
18 x 17 x 20 cm ( 7 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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White & Black, 2020

Aluminium, lacquered
54 x 76 x 11 cm ( 21 1/4 x 29 7/8 x 4 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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White & Black, 2020

Aluminium, lacquered
54 x 76 x 11 cm ( 21 1/4 x 29 7/8 x 4 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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White & Black, 2020

Aluminium, lacquered
56 x 56 x 15 cm ( 22 x 22 x 5 7/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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Ceramic 62, 2020

Ceramic
32 x 37 cm ( 12 5/8 x 14 5/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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Ceramic 38, 2019

Ceramic
20 x 29 x 29 cm ( 7 7/8 x 11 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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Ceramic 57, 2020

Ceramic
24 x 35 x 35 cm ( 9 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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Ceramic 45, 2020

Ceramic
26 x 34 cm ( 10 1/4 x 13 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Peter Baracchi

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Warning Stripes Chairs, 2020

Plywood, UV-print
75.5 x 51 x 68 cm ( 29 3/4 x 20 1/8 x 26 3/4 inches )
Edition 20. Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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Warning Stripes Chairs, 2020

Plywood, UV-print
75.5 x 51 x 68 cm ( 29 3/4 x 20 1/8 x 26 3/4 inches )
Edition 20. Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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Flip Flop Folded Flat 11, 2018

Aluminium, interference paint
75 x 42 cm ( 29 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Günter König

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White Folded Flat 02, 2015

Aluminium, welded, matt granulated varnish
46 x 68 x 4 cm ( 18 1/8 x 26 3/4 x 1 5/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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Red Folded Flat 09, 2015

Aluminum, matt granulated varnish
43 x 77 x 4 cm ( 16 7/8 x 30 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary Zurich. Photo Studio de Ganay

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Since the beginning of the 1990s, Sébastien de Ganay (*1962) has been crossing borders with relish: he deliberately positions his works between the artistic genres of painting, relief, and sculpture, or in the vicinity of design, in order to challenge perceptual processes and categorizations. He thus clearly shows himself to be a descendant of postmodern art and constantly surprises his audience anew.

This is also the case in his third solo exhibition at Häusler Contemporary in Zurich: the gallery is very pleased to present de Ganay’s new series of ceramics, which contrast in their primal materiality with the character of industrial production of the «Folded Flat» series, which is also on display in the show. Indeed, after many years of machine-produced art, de Ganay is returning to a manual process, thereby exploring once again playfully, almost casually, questions of geometry in a conceptually new way: the objects in the «Conversations» series appear as if of natural origin, but also almost funny, while the «Containers» are reminiscent of enlarged, mechanical small parts and irritate with their slight deviations from pure form. These elegant-looking, enigmatic objects are at rest in themselves and contain various cross-references to art and cultural history.

In contrast, the artist awakens the audience’s playful spirit with previous and most recent «Folded Flats»: the relief-like wall objects made of aluminum plates were folded several times in the manner of origami. They preserve a moment of motion and refer to the «Shaped Canvasses» as well as to the laws of geometry ‒ while at the same time subverting this sublimity with their reference to everyday paper folds from offices or the children’s rooms.

Again, our exhibition shows how skillfully Sébastien de Ganay combines philosophical seriousness and humor, sensual and minimalist formal language, the exclusive and the everyday, creating works of high aesthetic appeal and artistic innovation.

Sébastien de Ganay: Still, Exhibition view, Häusler Contemporary 2021. Photo: Peter Baracchi

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