Work from the Collection

Sans titre

Date: 2007
Medium: Sculpture
Materials: Fibreglass resin, metal
Dimensions: 210 x 190 x 280 cm
Collection: Lafayette anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin

Untitled is a two-metre high sculpture made of rigid, curved fibreglass shells arranged in a staggered pattern. The assembly of these shapes gives the work the biomorphic appearance of a large round shell. This formless body evokes both a protective envelope and a molecular structure. The ribbings which delimit each shell are reminiscent of intercellular membranes. With humour, Mathieu Mercier creates a polysemous object that confuses the viewer and questions our preconceived ideas. In Untitled, the artist seeks to keep a neutral gaze and asks the same of the viewer, who must make their own subjective reading. This approach is part of a permanent questioning of the utilitarian and symbolic functions of objects.

Text written by Rosanne Moulin as part of the partnership between the École du Louvre and Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin.


Antidote 4
La Galerie des Galeries, Paris (France)
from 09 Oct to 06 Dec 2008
Sans titre 1993-2007
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (France)
from 14 Nov 2007 to 29 Feb 2008