In its most recent show, the Piper Gallery has been transformed in to an unsteady island of steel with the works of French artist Etienne Viard taking centre stage. The exhibition, titled The Poetry of Instability, is Viard’s first show in the UK.
Viard, a man who has worked with many mediums in the past, destroyed most of his work prior to the 1990’s and has since solely concentrated on working with steel. Viard started with ceramics in the late 1970’s, and then expanded his range to include earth, stone, wood, glass and a variety of salvaged objects – his only excuse for the obliteration of the large body of work is that he simply “hated them.”
What comes out of that destruction is the creation of chaos, with hand crafted maquettes and steel rods manipulated to convey an idea about space and atmosphere. The work stems from the artist’s sensitivity to the materials, as he displays a level of sculptural technique rivaling many . An adherence to the perplexity of creativity and the natural ambiguity of existence and space make this show as engaging as it is bewildering.
Etienne Viard – The Poetry of Instability
The Piper Gallery
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 6pm