Xavier Mary

Ritournelles XL

Painting on MDF
260 x 219 x 1,8 cm
Purchase SPACE Liege
Acquisition: 2011
Location: Liege-Musée des Beaux-Arts

WThe basic shapes that surround us lie at the core of Xavier Mary’s work: a practice where the minimalist paradigm tips towards a world between simulation and industrial materials. His installations, often involving music and light effects, reinvent the premises of conceptual art confronted with the influence of the alternative and digital cultures of the 1990s and 2000's (techno, digital images, rave parties, videogames...). The Ritournelles series provides one of the starting points of this process. The artist starts from a simple, geometric shape, to be found within different contexts – Oriental carpet patterns, logos, textiles, arcade machines... –, which he isolates, replicates in various materials, interlocks… Repetition holds a central place, as in Brancusi’s Colonne sans fin or the axis mundi where overlapping patterns draw a connection between sky and earth. Ritournelle XL shows us how much our reality is irreducible and made up of recurring patterns. As part of an interlocking and relocating process, it also confronts us with the area’s architecture. (Genaro Marcos)



Lives and works in Brussels