• 28.09.23 - 04.12.23
  • 5 & 7 Rue du Terrail, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand

This exhibition is part of the Constellations event, which will showcase Vladimir Skoda's work in 5 spaces and 4 outdoor locations between Thiers and Clermont-Ferrand.

For a number of years, Vladimir Skoda has been combining his research into the polished sphere with new concerns about the convex by approaching non-Euclidean geometry and astronomy. He is interested in pendular movements, deformations, magnetism, the reflections generated by mirror surfaces and all those things that literally aim to make us forget the material nature of matter. Polished or unpolished surfaces. On polished surfaces, the outside world is reflected, and visitors see themselves as well as their surroundings. In others, it is the blackness of the material and its opacity that triumph.

For more than fifty years, Vladimir Skoda has been developing a major body of sculptural work, mainly in metal, where he has explored the molten material through forging processes and affirmed his interest in the geometry of forms and their relationship to the exhibition space. In the 1970s, these experiments were carried out blind in the incandescent light of molten matter, reminiscent of the energetic power of the stars, to which he has always drawn closer. He became interested in the cosmogonic dimension of the world, and was fascinated by the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm. The movement in the gesture of making is part of the process of creating the work until it is purified in the mirror sphere, a reflection of the environment and space to which he has dedicated all his sculptural research since the 1990s.

Constellations is co-produced by Clermont-Ferrand Massif central 2028, the City of Clermont-Ferrand, the Department of Puy-de-Dôme, Galerie Claire Gastaud and the Centre d'Art Contemporain Le Creux de l'Enfer.