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André Borderie

Sculpture

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Previously shown at Basel 2021.

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Description/

Provenance: Borderie family – Needless to say, André Borderie’s oeuvre is something total, but the ceramics are the part which seems to me the most outstanding, even though (and perhaps for this very reason) he never sought to be a “true” ceramicist. At a very early stage, he shrugged off the usual rules of the craft, not without a dash of mischief. His pieces avoid geometric perfection in favour of poetry (his wife Maria said that “a square is a worried circle”). For André Borderie, ceramics turned out to be the medium best suited to his ideas about the incorporation of objects in space, through form and colour alike. It is through ceramics that he managed to magnify his qualities as an artist. Ceramics enabled him to give full rein to his inventiveness and to his unique sense of logic. In them, he also expressed his generosity that we can sense coming to the fore in the diversity of textures, the richness of glaze, and in a masterful way he managed to juggle variations ranging from matt to shiny, as well as rough textures and crackling effects. Colour, which ranges from the warmth of red to the depth of bluish greys, imbued his objects with life.

Drawing, ideas, space, architecture, object, human dimension: André Borderie’s work is a complex process. For the 30 years during which I have undertaken to help it to be rediscovered, I have been convinced that its poetics rank it among that of great works art. Arising out of the historical context of the 1950s abstraction, his work immediately goes beyond that context, and becomes part of the timeless present of creation. Over and above their undeniable artistic qualities, the significance of his ceramics lies in the fact that they move us as a testimony of the conquest of mind over matter.

Enameled ceramic.


André Borderie

designer

Though he began his career as a civil servant, André Borderie took up painting in his early twenties at the urging of Paul Colin, the poster artist. After a chance encounter with artists Pierre and Vera Székely in post-war Vienna, he abandoned his bureaucratic post and settled with them in France two years later. For nearly a decade the three engaged in a collaborative enterprise in ceramics, often producing and signing pieces together. Borderie established a style using the simplest geometric forms: the triangle, the circle and the square, along with the purest colors; which he employed in small whimsical pieces such as ashtrays, boxes and table sculptures. Borderie carried these exercises in geometry into his large wall murals; balancing plane against plane and rectangle against square, in rhythms of quiet earth tones or highly saturated oranges and golds. His larger vessels assumed more primitive silhouettes. In his early work, images seemingly drawn from shamanist cultures were incised on crude vessels, sometimes shaped like small animals or magical beings. Along with this work, Borderie developed a style related to the ethnic pottery of the period which often involved surrealist abstractions. Simple bowls and wide, sensual jars are glazed in earth colors and embellished with a single band of color, an ovoid or a pear shape. A white spheroid lamp could be an alert eyeball perched on a pedestal and a jar is decorated with almondine shapes pierced with holes, vaguely suggesting eyes. In much of his work, the observed object seems to possess a power of its own. The eyeball lamp radiates light; the eye-covered jar seems to look back, its perforated surface allowing the interior to fill with light and energy; and an almondine tabletop seems to levitate like a dreamy eye. His zoomorphic vessels also seem to possess their own ancient magic. In the midst of the machine age, Borderie has wrought with clay and an almost animistic spirituality a small world alive with natural beauty and organic powers.

  • Color/

    Red

  • Material/

    Ceramic

  • Dimension/

    14.0 x 40.5 x 27.0 cm (5.5 x 15.9 x 10.6 in)

  • Style/

    Historic

  • Heritage/

    France

  • Ships from/

    Paris

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