Marcelle Alix, Paris

“To Our Driving Forces”

A single person’s hands, capable of building an Ideal Palace.
A single person’s hand, drawing continuously for three years, three months and three days.
The glove a worker discarded, that still seems to be empowered.
The baker’s hands replaced by those of the artist.
The painter’s hand, creating an infinite landscape out of the blue.
The architect’s hand, convincing other hands into using rock dust and molded earth to create an utopian city where one could live under “one roof”.
Those of a pedagogue who invents simple manipulable objects to explain the complexity of our intricate world.
The joined hands of the Saint-Simonian fellowship, propagating its creed through work, speech and song.
This presentation is an opportunity to take a transversal look at some of the references behind the creation of a group of works. If there’s no shortage for formal analogies, what we want above all is to take advantage of a selection and of its display to better understand what connects the artists we defend, from the point of view of work and our relationship to it, be it considered an isolated activity or as the sharing of ideas and forces.”

Text by Cécilia Becanovic



Ernesto Sartori

Rythmique ambiante, 2014
gouache on wood
50 x 40 x 1 cm
Courtesy Marcelle Alix, Paris

Laura Lamiel

3 ans, 3 mois, 3 jours, 2012
Indian ink on paper
84 x 104 x 3 cm
Courtesy Marcelle Alix, Paris

Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

Spectacles without Objects, 2016
Record, 300 ex.
edited by Kunsthal Aarhus
Courtesy Marcelle Alix, Paris

Jean-Charles de Quillacq

Cigarette after sex, 2016
Bread, tarbender®, paint
75 x 8 x 5 cm
Courtesy Marcelle Alix, Paris 

Aurélien Froment

Earthwork I, 2015
moulded plaster, bricks
186 x 86 x 73 cm
Courtesy Marcelle Alix, Paris