Galerie La Forest Divonne, Paris / Brussels

12 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris, France

Rue de l'Hôtel des Monnaies 66, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium

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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.

David Décamp
Echec d’une prise de greffe
2016, Sheathed lead, filings, resin, 225 x 50 x 37 cm.
Image courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne.
David Décamp
S’il en réste (pain)
2017, Lead and plaster, ration tickets, lead frame, 83 x 67 x 11 cm.
Image courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne.
David Décamp
Plombe mais toujours al lumé
2016, Plaster, wood, lead
Image courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne.
David Décamp
Frog legs
2004, Frog bones and vinyl resin, aluminium table, 79 x 95 x 95 cm.
Photo by Sabine Serrad (detail view). Image courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne.
David Décamp
Radiographie forestiere
2017, Ink on paper, lightbox, 80 x 56 x 13 cm.
Image courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne.
David Décamp
Sous Bois
2016, Ink on paper, 42 x 50 cm.
Image courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne.
David Décamp
Sous Bois II
2016, Ink on paper, 42 x 50 cm.
Image courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne.