About this Artwork
Auville works with construction cement. Applying techniques used in the construction and ship building industries, he spreads the cement over Ursalite (high-density foam panels), creating pieces ranging in size from one to eight square meters.
4 Carrés ("4 squares") consist of four panels of cement pigmented with charcoal, carved before it fully dries.
The drying process offers a short moment when cement is neither liquid nor solid. At this point in time, it is carved and scratched. Once dry, it shows a smoothened image of what was carved.
About the Artist
Pierre Auville is a French artist whose work investigates and incorporates the aesthetic and conceptual qualities of manufactured materials such as cement, concrete and steel. He was born in Le Havre, on the Normandy coast, and lives and works near Paris.