Gallery 22 Contemporary

Julien Allègre

sculpting artist

“” A sheet metal humanity
Since black gold has been submerging the earth, barrels and cans have remained symbols of the curse of the world: they are rolled, moved, immobilized, stored, perforated: their unscrewed caps release the concentrate of their distillations, refining, spreading pollution of water, air and soil.
The artist Julien Allègre, who is highly aware of this evil, took possession of this sheet metal hardware store to carry out singular metamorphoses. He therefore accumulated barrels and cans at the entrance of his workshop (which is for them like the threshold of a slaughterhouse). One after the other he dismembers them, cuts them up, spreads them apart, then he stamps them, pierces them again, hammers them, welds them, fertilizes them. Wearing his gloves, mask and glasses, J.A. makes the fire play, sparks sparkle, the hammer resonate. One cannot help but think of the image of Ephraestus, god of the forge and fire, locked in his volcanic lair, inspiring fear and sacred respect.”
Excerpt from the Text written by Joel Claude MEFFRE