10.10.2014

Where What Was

Paul Wallach

Musée d’art moderne, Saint-Étienne, France

The Museum of St Etienne, France, presents an exhibition of recent works by American sculptor Paul Wallach. Some of the works have specifically been designed for the museum.

The title of the exhibition – also the title of one of the large sculptures – seems to condense the entire creative process of Paul Wallach.

Created step by step, Wallach’s sculptures result from assembling diverse materials, in a perpetual dialogue with his creation. His works offer a subtil and precise equilibrium which integrates emptyness as an essential element in its stability as well as the multiple perspectives that compose it.

The game of forms and shadows, the tension between the apparent fragility of the sculptures and their strong presence, the halo effect surrounding them provoked by light – all these elements change the conventionnal vision and invite to adopt different point of views to fully grasp all their subtleties.

Museum of modern and contemporary art

Paul Wallach, Adjacences, 2013
Wood, canevas, paint
6,1 × 11 × 1,2 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Paul Wallach, Before the Nearly Last, 2013
Wood, canvas, lead, string, pencil, acrylic and oil paint
98,4 × 14,2 × 4,7 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Paul Wallach, Before the Nearly Last, 2013
detail

Wood, canvas, lead, string, pencil, acrylic and oil paint
98,4 × 14,2 × 4,7 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Solo exhibition “Where What Was”, Paul Wallach, 2014
Musée d’art moderne, Saint-Étienne, France
Paul Wallach, WHERE WHAT WAS, 2013
Wood, canvas, acrylic paint
120,5 × 106,3 × 102,4 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet