Laurent Le Deunff

Laurent Le Deunff works with materials drawn from the world of nature. He often uses wood, in which he has produced sculptures so perfectly finished that in certain cases they fall somewhere between art objects, manufactured goods and hand crafted works. The artist has no hesitation in confusing the issue still further, playing on his craftsmanship and the “hand made” aspect of his work, which he pushes to the limit by producing oeuvres made from nail clippings (Crâne, 2002-2003) or sculpted animal teeth (Autoportrait, 2003) that could easily be categorised as being related to art brut. For Laurent Le Deunff, his choice of material leads naturally to the object created (a bone in alabaster, a club made from stripped down wood…). “The subjects of the artist’s work and the techniques he has developed – essentially straight carving but also modelling (both used throughout the history of sculpture) – affirm the absence of any formal hierarchy or category beyond the concept of high or low art, the questioning of which is at the heart of contemporary creativity.“ Valérie da Costa (Translation Chris Atkinson). Selected solo exhibitions include FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France (2012), CAPC, Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2004) and group exhibitions, The Sovereign European Art Prize – An exhibition of short-listed works, Sommerset house, London UK (2008) and Série noir, Geneva, Switzerland (2004).