1974-1986 > Les Lames Levées

four elements made of forged and graven steel
1980
1,92 x 1,16 x 0,43 meters ; 1,83 x 0,66 x 0,52 meters ; 1,60 x 1,12 x 0,61 meters ; 1,48 x 1,12 x 0,69 meters

Les Lames Levées
four elements made of forged and graven steel
1980
Les Lames Levées
four elements made of forged and graven steel
1980
Les Lames Levées
four elements made of forged and graven steel
1980
Les Lames Levées
four elements made of forged and graven steel
1980
Les Lames Levées
four elements made of forged and graven steel
1980
Les Lames Levées
four elements made of forged and graven steel
1980

Four plates of steel placed vertically, but leaning slightly, are supported against the wainscoting by a separate, thinner, piece of metal which is arranged diagonally and is roughly curved. Every piece is marked with a large inscribed circle, as if the perfection of the marking were designed to conflict with the irregular treatment of the metallic surface. These pieces have an austere, hieratic quality which is somewhat undermined by a feeling of instability; they give the impression of being suspended. The laws that govern their grouping are of a purely fantastic nature. The pieces have both a religious pomposity and an irony to them.
— G.G. Lemaire for Artforum

Collection:
Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Press:
Artforum, Summer 1982. Review: "Michel Gérard, Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris" by Gerard-Georges Lemaire. Translated from the French by Jamey Gambrell: p.94

Bibliography:
Michel Gerard, Musée Départemental des Vosges, Epinal (1983): p. 20-23
Michel Gerard, Galerie Jeanne Bucher (1981) p. 1-9
Michel Gérard: Signature Transformations 2009–1972, Christian Pirot (2009): p. 15
Michel Gérard: Skulpturen 1976-1988 by Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim (1988): p. 71
Michel Gérard: Sculptures 1976-1987, Musée de Calais (1988): p. 35

Exhibition history:
1981 Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris