Galerie La Forest Divonne, Paris / Brussels
The visitor will be immersed in David Décamp’s singular world, both troubling and humouristic. Décamp has spent part of his life in the Jura, not far away from Basel, as a forestry worker. He is a self-taught artist, close to Art Brut, and nourished with a kind of surrealistic dark humour. It is a work accident that brought Décamp, 10 years ago, to dive into his artistic practice – curative in the first place. The materials he uses often have an autobiographical meaning: wood, lead, bones, like felt and fat in Beuys’ œuvre. While exorcizing his own life, Décamp bares a universal message: that of the urge to change Man’s poisonous relationship to Nature.
At VOLTA, this message will be carried by very strong and singular sculptures: Frog legs, a large dish of frog legs, conveying the idea of humanity's overconsumption. Echec d’une prise de greffe, in marrowbones, is like the remaining skeleton of a cut tree. Another piece, covered with hundreds of wishbones encourages us to make a wish in case of a bird flu. Décamps puts us in front of our responsibilities, with no way to escape. He believes in the political strength of art, while never forgetting its poetic and subversive power.