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07/09/2022 - 01/10/2022

New Work - Sculpture


Nicolas Deshayes - Gargouilles

Wed-Sat: 10-6pm

Modern Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new and recent work by Nicolas Deshayes entitled Gargouilles. This is his third solo exhibition with Modern Art.

Nicolas Deshayes uses the medium of sculpture to explore the form and materiality of bodies and what happens below their surface. Process, or processing is the impetus for Deshayes’s sculptures, which manage to convey the soft, wet, messiness of flesh in hard, cold, and mechanically produced objects and systems.

Gargouilles, Deshayes’ exhibition at Modern Art, includes a body of small-scale patinated bronze sculptures that were born out of a period of production during 2021 and 2022 in the Auvergne, France’s volcanic region. Appearing first in the exhibition is the largest work, Gargamel, taking its name from the misanthropic wizard from the Smurfs. By way of this introduction, the rest of the works take on a Smurf-like quality, being ​‘no more than three apples tall’, and full of animation, quirk and character despite being what they are – a group of cold, hard, metal forms.


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