Félix Pinquier (b. 1983, lives and works in Paris) examines the subtle ways in which the reciprocal shifts between the crafts and the industrial come to be revealed. As a science aficionado he finds a working basis at the intersection of the machine and the handmade, where a carefully honed knowledge of mathematical and technological history informs and fuels his sculptures, drawings and installations.
In an intermingling of ruins and innovation, of archaeology and technology, Félix Pinquier is offering an exhibition of new and unshown works gathered together under the title « Futurologies ». As a discipline, futurology consists in constructing scenarios for a possible future out of rational, objective data. By appropriating this forward-looking dimension, he comes up with disturbing, intriguing works, omens of a sanitised future, conducive to unrestrained imaginings and presaging a seemingly two-tiered, orthonormal world. Made with tools both manual and digital, his perfectly curvilinear drawings make up a repertoire of downy, airy shapes, a kind of continuum of pure geometrical figures, inspired equally by nature and robotics.
With their emphasis on concave and convex shapes with ethereal surfaces, Félix Pinquier’s sculptures remind us of engineers’ prototypes or sound wave receivers and transmitters – mechanical, acoustic and/or electromagnetic – like speakers rendered mute, which reveal all their strength in response to the light and spatial proportions of La Galerie. With their pulled plaster reminiscent of the building’s decorative mouldings, these scattered elements seem to interconnect in the exhibition through a clever system of networking running from floor to ceiling, like twisted, weightless alembics.