September 21, 2016
Who are we? What is our past? What does the future hold for us?
It was with those questions in mind that in 2010 Quentin Carnaille began his first series of works that was to occupy him until 2015.
Focused on the notion of time, he frees the gears from their mechanical arrangement by giving them a new poetic aesthetics thus inviting Man to emancipation.
Both abstract and figurative, his works are intended as a singular creation, in terms of form and scope.
This series, made entirely of pieces of clockwork and magnets, celebrates the idea of time; an unalterable time over which matter transforms itself.
The constant presence of magnets gives his work an invisible force and a universal attraction.
Quentin Carnaille talks to us about the relativity of time in the Space age with his “zero-gravity” and abstract sculptures, and the time of Man with his figurative representations.
All his sculptures are marked by a profound desire to produce original pieces and to reinterpret certain iconic works in the History of Art.
With this series, he expresses an intimate rhythm, a personal vision and a universal questioning purposefully addressed to the future.
“Time only has meaning with the evolution of matter, which never ceases to change in form and organization. Man is an extraordinary catalyst of that transformation, a true agent of the metamorphosis of matter.”
Born in Roubaix, Quentin Carnaille has quickly become a force on the art scene in the north of France. In 2013, he joined the “Maisons de Mode” project in Lille, where he set down stakes in a boutique/workshop provided to him. From there, he would create work that would be featured at various exhibitions in Paris and abroad.
Formerly an architecture student, Carnaille has always been fascinated by how things function. His earliest works were influenced by clockwork mechanisms, which he diverted from their primary use to create jewelry and accessories. He would soon move on to making sculptures and larger works with the same aesthetic and inspiration.
Contemporaneity and futuristic ideas have informed Carnaille’s work from the start, with him building on his initial focus on mankind’s past and origins.
There is a metaphysical dimension to his work as well as a real reflection on art history. Indeed, the artist reinterprets some classics of Western art, offering a new perspective. For example, his anthropomorphic sculptures reference Giacometti while being quintessentially Quentin Carnaille. In this regard, post modernism permeates certain works by Carnaille. This approach is enhanced by the concepts of ready-mades and found objects.
In Garde-Temps, a watch does not tell time: here, Carnaille transforms a manufactured object with a specific function into a work of art with a poetic message about time and its relativity.
“Apparition” unveiled in Lille at “Art Up!” in 2015; was an evolution in the artist’s work. The watch parts, no longer held together by magnets, are trapped in ice. The transformation of matter, from water to ice, is an allegory of time.
“Apparition” symbolising the ephemeral nature of a work of art, is above all a radical demonstration of the destruction of the object in the artist’s work. This sculpture foreshadowed an important shift in Carnaille’s creating: now oriented towards a form of conceptual minimalism, it is fully illustrated in “Introspection” his latest work.