Loic Hervé

Born in 1947 in Rennes, lives and works in France

The Weight of Things – Paris, May 1997

A Breton at heart, a globetrotter born in this land inspired by the sea, Loïc Hervé has spent some time in Africa. On his return to his native city of Rennes, he transposed images from else- where into his work where, perhaps, the idea of Paysages transportés (Transported Landscapes) arose.

Transported and transportable landscapes,not only from one place to another topographically, but also from the imagination to reality, and from reality to oneirism. Working mostly in marble, granite, and copper, which he likes for its oxidization, he often combines them with wood as well as more unusual materials or found objects. Landscape sometimes meets the sea, resisting the force of the tides, as in this series produced in Cancale in 1989 entitled Traces/Memory.

From two measuring tapes linked by an itinerant motif, he makes a road showing his goal and history; from the stylized metallic structure of a house, he draws a long adjustable metallic ribbon: the road that leads nowhere, the road that goes wherever onewants,the road on which everything is possible; the superbly graphic Paysages extensibles (Extensible Landscapes).

Interior, exterior, transported landscapes, an X-ray of another road, a human spine caught between two marble pediments with a faux-antique finish: Loïc Hervé is a traveling sculp- tor-poet, transported from here to else where. He skilfully combines tradition and modernity, and, in choosing economic means, transforms quasi-minimalist abstract art into very contemporary lyricism, as when he tackles modern means of locomotion by immor talizing inner tubes gripped by copper faucets with valves too funny for words. It goes without saying that in this age of the automobile, the inner tube is an indispensable travel accessory!

Loïc Hervé transports us with the subtle sense of humor of an artist who wants us to experience Le Poids des Choses (The Weight of Things), possibly as a tribute to the late great Breton poet, Eugène Guillevic.

Lélia Mordoch