Claude Chavent, Cage

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Claude Chavent, Bones, brooch, gold and iron, photograph courtesy of Viceversa

Does bullshit make any sense? Possibly it is a query of perspective. Claude Chavent was a formidable jeweler who mastered gold, silver, metal and iron. He has additionally mastered the twin meanings that he likes to mess around, like throwing a bottle into the ocean. From his early coaching as a scientist, he remained critical and exact. From his skilled ingenuity got here the technical excellence and creativity of the options he sought to search out.

Briefly, he obtained a jewellery schooling and developed self-actualization methods as a self-taught particular person. From a intelligent mixture of semi-industrial processes, he has completed his items with all of the artwork and know-how of an distinctive jeweler. Due to his unique strategy, he was capable of develop a really private work that he fortunately allowed to evolve in the direction of lovely dimensional sculpture.

Claude, thanks in your smiles and the enjoyment of residing you convey to us together with your artwork.

Reward of knickknack

We consider it after we see a jewel made from gold. The fabric is there, current, absolutely current, with worth, that means, with this affirmation, boastful. The 2 items introduced right here are literally reliefs, however can we communicate of actuality? The reply is sure and no. With Claude Chavent the reply is at all times sure. And NO. Sure, the piece is there, between our fingers, however so is the phantasm. On the one hand, it’s presence, and however, the picture we create mentally, that’s, the duality of our notion. Gold and iron. The valuable and immediately antinomic. The artist, who’s subtly iconoclastic, attracts with an assertive line and lightness.

Sooner or later Claude needed to go even additional. He determined to do away with the amount, nonetheless shallow, and was finally eliminated to this half, which solely served to strategy a contradictory dialog. As a result of it was contradictory, it was higher to be sincere and never supply any reduction. Sure, possibly, however the thickness of the metallic continues to be there, I stated. Positive, he stated, however simply think about considered one of these pins on a bit of paper, it is a drawing, an image, a easy illustration. On the one hand you’ve these pins in your fingers, you’re holding a ball however in actuality you’re simply holding the illustration of this ball. And but you maintain it in your hand. So do you maintain or not?

Effectively, it is a snack time, let’s go get drunk, with actuality!

Claude Chavent, (left) Light Os, (right) Golden Dragon
Claude Chavent, (left) Mild Os, (proper) Golden Dragon, brooches, gold, photograph courtesy of Viceversa

The music under may have been referred to as “Denial of Actuality” however that may have been too life like. The phantasm is masterful right here, since you ought to know that on this jewel, not one of the items are at proper angles. Every little thing is an phantasm, a joke, even the colour within the mirror makes white whiter than white. And we won’t even share the standpoint of the lead actress, the black pearl. Our standpoint, the standpoint we have now, actually takes us out of the image. Nonetheless, it’s a great invitation to contemplation.

Claude Chavent, Mirror of Pearls
Claude Chavent, Mirror of Pearls, object, photograph courtesy of Viceversa


The change in scale forces the artist (jeweller!) to make a obligatory reposition, to redefine his function. How will these components that query us, not we have a look at them anymore, transfer? A perspective that activates itself, due to a motorized work, turns into disturbing to our souls. Figuring out that the statue rotates by itself as your mind tells you to shuttle – backwards and forwards, inevitably creates an abyss of shock. Claude’s humor turns into one thing critical.

reversal of actuality

A jet, a rain of nails. Iron-drawn water. What a candy irony to think about for as soon as that rust dominates the water. And the artist once more gives us a brand new perspective, a change of perspective, inviting us to essentially query our certainties.

banal magnified

Ceci n’est pas une chaise is the story of a chair that reminds you that you just had been sitting in it simply moments in the past. Sadly, that is solely in your creativeness, as space-time abruptly flattened to its true dimension. And though you are still there (and there too), one thing has modified, the previous has handed you by. And now it is as much as you to just accept the great thing about the second, the angle that connects you to this lovely second that’s lived and will likely be lived, made potential by the artist’s gesture that unites the second and transforms it into eternity.


Sure, there may be certainly a transition, a gap downside, on this monumental work that makes us look elsewhere. dir-dir tor Is it a purpose publish or does the double Franco-Germanic “Tor” change into a “tort” in French? It’s a new dimension that Claude imposes on us by way of (or due to) this door, his ultimate work.

Claude performed with our perceptions, placing gaps the place there was nothing and fullness the place there was nothing. Claude was complicit within the abyss. The abyss took him away, Claude continues to be there.

Claude Chavent, Tor!
Claude Chavent, Tor!, sculpture, photograph courtesy of Viceversa

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