Bernar Venet

Arcs in Disorder: 4 Arcs x 5 and 83.5 Degree Diagonal Line

Arcs in Disorder: 4 Arcs x 5, 2000
CorTen steel 


83.5 Degree Diagonal Line
, 2000
CorTen steel
 


On View: June 2002 - Present

 

After over 30 years of practice, Bernar Venet has perfected the challenging technique of using an over-head crane to bend and twist long, heavy, three-dimensional steel poles. Venet was aware of and accepting of the fact that there was a human incapability to defy physics, so chance was a major element in his work. Venet's physical struggle was also a powerful essence behind his Indeterminate Line and Arc series'. His large-scale outdoor sculptures range in size from 14 to 55 feet tall, comprised of many tons of steel. For more information on Venet's 2002 solo exhibition, click the drop-down tab below.

 

Bernar Venet was born in Alpes de Haute-Procence in 1941. His work was the subject of a five-year retrospective at the New York Cultural Center in 1971. His work is exhibited world-wide in institutions in Belgium, America, Austria, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, and more. His work is featured in many publications, both online and in print. The artist continues his career and regularly exhibits retrospectives of his past work as well as pieces that he's made recently.

 

www.bernarvenet.com

 

Return to The Fields Sculpture Park

Arcs in Disorder: 4 Arcs x 5, 2000

 

83.5 Degree Diagonal Line, 2000

2002 Solo Exhibition

Indeterminate Line, 1998
CorTen steel


Random Combinations of Indeterminate Lines
, 1990
CorTen steel


5 Parallel Arcs
, 2000
CorTen steel

 

On View: June 2002 - October 2003

 

Omi was pleased to announce the first one-person exhibition; of French artist Bernar Venet. His ten monumental steel sculptures were on view from June 2002 through October 2003. These sculptures are characterized as being "lines in space", and were fabricated at the ironworks in the Vosges Mountains, not to far from the artist's French studio and second residence, and were shipped here specifically for this exhibition. Two works from this exhibition are currently on view, 83.5 Degree Diagonal Line and Arcs in Disorder: 4 Arcs x 5, and can be viewed in the drop-down tab above.

 

Bernar Venet is a French-born conceptual artist whose work is shaped by ideas of form, space, mathematics and logic. He began his career as an artist as a young man in Nice, France, where he covered canvases with raw materials like tar and charcoal. His beginning as an artist was steeped in the need to question the traditional boundaries of art itself. This push to create something different places him at the forefront of the minimalism and conceptual art movements. In the 60s he had a successful body of work, but still pushed his limits. He returned to the studio after 1971 and after six years, began to create works far different than he had before. Thus began his Indeterminite Line series, where his obsession with line work would become the subject of focus for decades to come. 

 

After over 30 years of practice, the artist has perfected the challenging technique of using an over-head crane to bend and twist long, heavy, three-dimensional steel poles. Venet was aware of and accepting of the fact that there was a human incapability to defy physics, so chance was a major element in his work. Venet's physical struggle was also a powerful essence behind his Indeterminate Line and Arc series'. His large-scale outdoor sculptures range in size from 14 to 55 feet tall, comprised of many tons of steel. All variations of Venet's favorite themes were represented at this exhibition, and are a great example of the scope of this artists' work.

 

Bernar Venet was born in Alpes de Haute-Procence in 1941. His work was the subject of a five-year retrospective at the New York Cultural Center in 1971. His work is exhibited world-wide in institutions in Belgium, America, Austria, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, and more. His work is featured in many publications, both online and in print. The artist continues his career and regularly exhibits retrospectives of his past work as well as pieces that he's made recently.

 

www.bernarvenet.com

 

Return to The Fields Sculpture Park

Indeterminate Line, 1998

Random Combinations of Indeterminate Lines, 1990

5 Parallel Arcs, 2000

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