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Valerie Goodman Gallery
315 East 91st Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10128
tel 1 212 348 2968
Monumental mobile sculpture by Jacques Jarrige
H 14 ft. Dm 14 ft.
The “Grand Mobile” embodies Jarrige’s affinity for the poetic esthetics of arte povera while simultaneously daring to be monumental. This vaguely anthropomorphic giant is delicate yet possesses an energetic Picasso-esque anatomy: he seems to be kneeling and walking on four legs in different directions at the same time. All these seemingly contradictory motions are consolidated, however, in the horizontal balancing pole, the sculpture’s truly kinetic element, pivoting nonchalantly on a fingertip. There is grace and fragility in this slender gestalt, as well as a sensitivity for the folk artist’s love of imperfections. The gestural dynamics that are so essential to Jacques Jarrige’s concept of sculpture are hyper-present here, on an unprecedented scale, gently vibrating with the energy of the many hands that worked on this complex piece.