Bernar Venet - The dot hypothesis
Lines, in all their different forms have punctuated Bernar Venet’s work since the sixties. Constructed from infinite points, these lines are the foundation of his work.
Lines, in all their different forms (straight lines, curved lines, broken lines and indeterminate lines), have punctuated Bernar Venets’s work since the sixties. Constructed from infinite points, these lines are the foundation of his work. Bernar Venet, a formalist, has created several variations on points: torch-cut steel points, drawn points, or in points in prints, illustrating the artist’s portfolio of poetry, etc. Between the points – the abstract idea – lines take hold of the viewer’s eye.
On the occasion of his exhibition in spring 2014 at the Espace Jacques Villeglé in Saint-Gratien, Bernar Venet made large sculptures of seemingly disproportionate points that question the idea of scale in order to remind us that, when seen from the sky, points become the smallest conceivable portion of space.
This is the first time an exhibition and a book are totally dedicated to the "Points" and their declensions, major works in Bernar Venet's works.
Video of the exhibition and Bernar Venet interview:
V0tv: Coralie Fricher / Ivan Assouline
- Number of pages
- 28 x 28 cm
- 80 color illustrations
- Publication date
Bernar Venet (born in 1941 in France) is a visual artist. In 1958, he joined the Villa Thiole in Nice and then became assistant set designer at the Opera of Nice. In 1966, he moved to New York where he painted and sculpted mostly wood and steel. His steel sculptures (or “Indeterminate Lines”) were exhibited in many urban spaces across France and worldwide.
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