He describes his work as ‘a kind of DIY’. As if working with a set of giant building blocks, Vincent Ganivet assembles and superposes breezeblocks, bricks and other unwieldy items, hijacking the codes of the construction industry. In fact, this forty-something long worked on building sites and has retained a keen interest in heavy raw materials. Cumbersome raw materials that Ganivet uses to build arches, curves and domes, sometimes evoking Romanesque cathedral structure.
He readily quotes Antoni Gaudi, borrowing from the Catalan architect the ‘hanging-chain model’ - or how to keep a concrete arch upright without it collapsing? “Systems rather than sculptures, my productions expand much to my own surprise” he explains. Spectators are also amazed by the astonishing lightness that emanates from his works: they may be monumental in scale but they are never lacking in grace.