A major figure in the art of our time, the American sculptor Charles Ray (born in 1953), is making cultural headlines: in dialogue with the artist, the Bourse de Commerce-Pinault Collection is devoting a major exhibition to him.
The works of Charles Ray are part of a deep knowledge of the history of classical art and Antiquity.
Whether the work is produced in steel, cement, fiberglass, polished steel, or aluminum, Charles Ray’s practice calls upon various processes, between artisanal work and cutting-edge industrial technology, always concealing its sometimes dizzying complexity. and the often very long time of its elaboration.
His artistic practice places the question of space at the center of his research and offers the viewer an experience of the relationship to reality, more complex, more mysterious.
The artist also has fun “making us look twice”. Even more: as much by their “strange familiarity”, their ambiguity, as by their unspeakable precision that looks like prowess, Charles Ray’s works destabilize, as if under the effect of a hallucination, almost managing to shake the space around them. they, reality itself, silently bringing the observer into a form of fiction.