ParisStefan Rinck: Beyond the White Line
Stefan Rinck’s crocodiles are inspired by ancient myths, rooted in the distant past. Fascinating yet fearsome creatures, crocodiles have been the subject of many legends. The ancient Egyptian city of Crocodilopolis comes to mind, whose inhabitants worshipped the crocodile-headed god Sobek or the cruel Roman emperor Heliogabalus who raised a crocodile as a pet. Stylized by Stefan Rinck into a creature of fantastic verve, his sculpture is the result of a patient technique of direct carving, which implies a close relationship with the material, tools and skills involved.
Through his choice of subject and its translation into white marble drawn from the bowels of the earth, Rinck intertwines narratives of various origins and suggests a re-reading of time and the world on a geological scale.
Following through on the idea of an experimental space open to one-off events, the Project Space at rue Chapon is to be transformed into a Project Room at the new address on rue Quincampoix.
Situated at the entrance to the gallery and serving as a vestibule, the relatively small space taken up by the Project Room will act as a preliminary reception area, to welcome visitors before they discover the gallery’s vast exhibition rooms. Flexible and reactive, the programming of this space will concentrate on single works or very small ensembles created by guest artists or those represented by the gallery.
Stefan Rinck, Beyond the White Line, 19 June - 1 August 2020. Photo A. Mole. Courtesy Semiose, Paris