"My work is primitive, stemming from the desire to materialize and connect basic and fundamental themes together."
Gabriel Sobin is a Franco-American artist and sculptor born in 1971 who lives and works in Provence, France. A graduate of design from Olivier de Serres and the Camondo school in Paris, Sobin's sculptures are made mostly of stone with incorporations of other natural elements like wax.
Inspired by the mineral landscapes of the Mediterranean region, the artist's memories of the reddish ochres and monumental quarries of his childhood have fueled his imagination, forging an emotional bond with his sculptural medium of choice. The aesthetic he develops, evoking both the spirit of minimalism and Zen Buddhism, is rooted in the material. He notably wishes to stress out the timeless nature of rock, which is an element invested with fundamental properties. As he says : "my work is primitive, stemming from the desire to materialize and connect basic and fundamental themes together. Exploring light and movement in the mineral allows me to unite the fixed with the incessant metamorphoses of the living. A cut drop of water, or even a sound wave, can then materialize in a surprising interaction born of these same paradoxes."
Sobin harnesses the inner potentials of stone, a silent power or "piece of the Earthly consciousness", breathing life into a material that is known for its resounding strength and toughness. Inspired by natural harmonies, the artist plays with the dualities and equilibriums that compose our world, especially through his mobile mineral sculptures carried by the wind. Thus, behind the tangibility of the material hides a research of holistic nature.
When time becomes matterA cosmic dialogue between Félicie d'Estienne d'Orves & Gabriel Sobin 12 Oct - 4 Nov 2022When Time Becomes Matter l Dans les plis du temps A Cosmic Dialogue between Félicie d'Estienne d'Orves and Gabriel Sobin From 12th October to 4th November. 7 rue Saint-Claude, 75003...Read more
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Lara Porzak & Gabriel SobinGilles&Boissier, Paris 24 Jun - 29 Oct 2021The Spaceless Gallery is delighted to collaborate with Gilles & Boissierto present the work of Franco-American sculptor Gabriel Sobin and American photographer Lara Porzak. Béatrice Masi, the founder of the gallery, shares with Dorothée Boissier & Patrick Gilles the fascination behind these artists, who combine poetry, materiality, and elegance.Read more