Josué Rauscher

Josué Rauscher

Work from his oeuvre, text from his website, translated by Google.


(I would gladly do sculptures by hand).

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I like to say that I am the little free time I have to fix the world with a jigsaw (and some other utensils).

(I like the idea of making art with a jigsaw).

(Repair to start: we re firewall and then re hand).

Objects that can be seen as involuntary sculptures interest me. By mixing my own achievements with found objects and my images with images collected, it pleases me to introduce also some ambiguity as to the authorship.

Duplicate an object is a way to make it my own, to question the difference between a thing and its reproduction. I take this opportunity to disrupt the temporal sometimes wishing that the object exists before its representation, the original before copying, etc..

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I belong to that generation which has seen technology become ubiquitous and wither the know-how and values of the working class. At the same time appeared on supermarket shelves, electrical equipment within the reach of everyone with the incentive (the free time has increased a little) to become perfect handyman. The manual labor was somehow quietly folded plants to garages and garden sheds.

I do not know if this is enough to explain the popularity of DIY techniques shown by many artists of my generation (and next) but I can attest that in my case it has played.

If we add to this that my studies in post-colonial period, made me discover the various tribes in a new light illuminated by André Breton, Jean Rouch, Claude Levi-Strauss and others, it is understandable that the discovery of the sculpture assembly (including through the so-called primitive arts), combined with the fact that it is today much easier to dispose of chipboard that block of marble, led me to materials, techniques and forms closer to the inventions of Professor that the achievements of Bernini.

(…) Based on images, on which see a child holding something made of wood, contained either a car door or the wing of an airplane, Joshua Rauscher built these things, wood, back across the shot. Finds two meet, taking the readymade against the foot and the volume of wood that we see leaning against the wall straight out of the image displayed next. The first idea, placing the object behind the cliché, is bereft of all reason, like the image found. Curiously, the place of these objects on the ground makes sense in that support image is to the wall. It establishes the ground for this game which is against the wall. The volume prepared by Joshua Rauscher then appears as an oblique sail between the mast and the water emerges. (…) Mathieu Provansal.

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