25 . 03 — 28 . 05 . 2016
Chariots of Humankind
GALERIE AGNÈS MONPLAISIR • 8 BIS RUE JACQUES CALLOT 75006 PARIS • T +33 (0)1 56 81 83 51
The sculptures of Jim Amaral presented at his first solo show at Galerie Agnès Monplaisir constitute a group of elegant, small-scale and medium-scale works in bronze. Strange, ashen carts and wagons support spheroids and other out-scaled volumes while also carrying other, more delicate elements, such as the tiny stems present in Carousel: Moon (2014), suggesting a sort of fossilized garden. The spherical forms might represent forgotten planets in the starry space of time beyond death. In Moon Pyramid (2013) and Riddle: Two Spheres (2014), miniature, faceless human figures hold up monuments in eternity, a play of force between the harshness of bronze and the particularly delicate forms. His sculptures and characters seem to travel from one dimension into the next, leaving the dark reality of a dream world only to pass into other realms no more certain. This enigma calls on the spectator for a response, eliciting his contemplation and wonder. While aware of the object there before him, his soul wanders elsewhere.
© David Atlan