The new exhibition at the Robet Dantec gallery, “of wood and paper”, sets out to establish a dialogue between two artists.
Raphaël Galley’s objects presented in the exhibition call upon a logic of construction / manufacture, on the basis of a vocabulary borrowed from games: a box, an object, a notice, a drawing engraved on the cover … The intervention of the purchasers is decisive in the activation of the work which will then take shape as a revealed secret. Called “Cairn”, this series appeals to our first instincts: stacking stones to mark a place, arranging wooden logs, erecting elements to bring the work to life in a participatory gesture. The artist never instrumentalizes the “manipulator”, but he gives him a special status, a recognition. The artist thus follows a logic in which the power of production is returned to the user since he has the instructions. A current of thought stemming from design, based on the sharing of knowledge and techniques, and which constitutes the very essence of Raphaël Galley’s works.
Elsa Broustet is a young traveling artist who returned in 2020 from a one-year solo journey during which she traveled South-East Asia. She brought back a graphic and plastic vocabulary with which she developed a delicate and precise work around the question of the house, privacy, familiar or domestic space. She often isolates a pattern, a shape drawn with felt that seems to float on the paper, to show it and be surprised at its elegance.