The exhibition Ce mouvement qui déplace les lignes at La Patinoire Royale - Galerie Valérie Bach, unites the works of three artists belonging tothe field of kinetic art: Roger Vilder, Pol Bury and the art collective LAb[au].This trend in art spans several generations, which indicates its consistent presence throughoutthe twentieth century and up to the present day.
Pol Bury (1922–2005), a Belgian artist of international repute, is a major figure in kinetic art, present as early as 1955 beside Yaacov Agam, Jesús-Rafael Soto and Jean Tinguely in the exhibition Le mouvement, organised by Victor Vasarely at the Galerie Denise René in Paris.
LAb[au], an art collective in Brussels and active since 1997, consists of three young artists: Els Vermang, born 1983, Manuel Abendroth, born 1969 and Jérôme Decock, born 1973. Withthe aid of new technological means, they create different types of work that are in particularset in architectural contexts, in which movement plays an essential part, especially throughthe use of complex programs running over a length of time.
Roger Vilder is a French Canadian born in 1938 who, in the second half of the 1960s, started to exhibit his work in the top galleries in New York, Montreal and Toronto, immediately participating in large international events that have marked the history of kinetic art, such as Kinetics, the exhibition held at the Hayward Gallery, London in 1970. His works, all based onthe representation and use of movement, are sculptures in relief, using electric motors andindustrial materials, such as conveyor chains and springs, to create constantly changingabstract compositions ranging from geometric structures to organic shapes.His particular interests and line of investigation soon led Roger Vilder to take an earlyinterest in new technology: he is one of the pioneers in computer assisted art and the useof algorithms.
An extensive catalogue accompanies this exhibition with writings by Marianne Le Pommeré, Pierre Restany, Roger Vilder himself and Serge Lemoine; it is in fact the first large scale exhibition dedicated to Roger Vilder in Europe. All the various aspects of his work are represented, animated modules, mechanical relief sculptures, mobile abstract compositions, neon sculptures and electronic works.Like a long line in time following kinetic art in three parts, this exhibition displays (and has on sale) nearly twenty major works by Pol Bury from the artist's studio, about fifty pieces by Roger Vilder never yet shown to the public, and a careful selection of twenty works by LAb[au], each resonating mutually with one another.
in collaboration with Patrick Derom Gallery, Brussels
a proposal of Serge Lemoine, Professor Emeritus at the University Sorbonne (Paris)
Press release courtesy La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach.