Paul Wallach studied Art at the University of Wisconsin and Applied Arts at the University of Boston. He participated in a residency with Mark di Suvero during the 1990s, before moving to Paris in 1994.
Paul Wallach’s sculptures are not narrative. With very simple materials, they grow from a dynamic point in the wall and spread out in space, as if they were suspended, in order to interact with it. After a long observation, materials – entirely heterogeneous such as wood, plaster, cloth, metal or glass – show a certain consistency that creates the unity of the work. These different materials are interlinked and, with their specific weight, generated a delicate balance, arising from the dynamic of gravity. The permanent search for a centre of gravity is a constitutive element of form. None of his sculptures can be understood with a single glance. Each point of view is very different. Between the wall and these elements, Paul Wallach creates a meditative interval. Reflects of the shadows and colours are an integral part of the sculpture and our perception is constantly challenged. The artist’s sculptures are constantly revealing hidden spaces, even inside of the work. Paul Wallach’s works are a journey through geometry and its multiple landscapes – both spatiotemporal and mental. We always have a different perception of them depending on the time, our mood, the light or our state of mind. They renew our sensory perception.
The Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger organised two solo show, “Falling Up” in 2010, and “h e r e t o f o r e” in 2013. In 2014, the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Saint-Etienne dedicated an important exhibition, “WHERE WHAT WAS”, also presented at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec. Paul Wallach has worked on a site specific installation in the Chapel Saint-Nicolas-des-Eaux in Pluméliau. In 2015, a work by Paul Wallach is presented at the exhibition “Quinte-Essence”, which celebrates the gallery’s 90 years of activity.
For the 2016 edition of CHOICES Collectors Week-End, the gallery presents the sculpture Madeleine by Paul Wallach that will be displayed at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in a show curated by Laurent Le Bonand Émilie Bouvard. In connexion with this event, the gallery hosts a solo show of the artist entitled “B R E T H R E N” featuring his latest sculptures. Paul Wallach is also presented at the exhibition “About Painting” at the gallery.
In 2017, a work by Paul Wallach is presented on the occasion of the exhibition “Passion de l’Art – Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger depuis 1925”, first retrospective devoted to the galerie, at Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence (France). The gallery presents Paul Wallach’s work at the exhibition “Corps et Ames” and “Whispers
from the Earth”.
In 2018, the monumental sculpture by Paul Wallach, Down to the Ground will be inaugurated in Salzburg. Invited by the Kraüthugel-Salburg Foundation, the artist has imagined a 40 × 45 meter sculpture, composed of of large blocs of white concrete, representing a star-like shape, which is only visible from the Fortress Hohensalzburg, the largest Medieval castle preserved in Central Europe. A drawing of this sculpture is presented at the gallery during the exhibition “Dessins de Sculpteurs”. A cycle of works is also produced by Paul Wallach for the space of the Collegiate Church, in connection with his installation Down to the Ground.