Damien Gernay, a designer sculptor of shapes

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Who is Damien Gernay?

Born in 1975, in the suburbs of Paris, this Belgian by adoption, he studied design at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts (ESA) in Saint-Luc Tournai in Belgium, between 1994 and 1998. After his training including a specialization in digital arts, he worked on scenography projects in the field of contemporary dance and theater in Belgium. From 2003 to 2005, he was artist in residence at Le Fresnoy, Studio national d’art contemporain in Tourcoing, France, an interdisciplinary artist center. In 2007, he created his own design studio in Brussels.

Materials and experiences

Perhaps because he wanted to study architecture, Damien Gernay likes to do, manufacture and build. His highly experimental work is driven by his desire to challenge the boundaries between art and design. Furniture, lighting or accessories, his creations express his fascination for nature and elements such as the sea. Passionate about working with materials, he invents textures and creates many of his own creations himself, like a painter or a sculptor. And new ideas are born from the imponderable, from error, because he lets himself be carried away by the spontaneity of the gesture that he must also control to bring his project to fruition. Always on the razor’s edge, his practice makes each unique piece with its own story, its inner complexities and paradoxes. The material becomes his mode of expression through which he translates his sensitivity. “Materials are my language, my words… Creation is like a sentence. » And the delivery of the work is sometimes long: The Flanders leather table took me 2 years to develop… I wanted to capture the present moment and fix forever a fragment of the surface of the sea. Leather, a living material, was chosen to give life to the table which seems to move with the reflection of light. As for the series “Off White”, it explores the notion of white color that a physical alteration will make functional. The color white as original color, as a reference to the painter’s canvas or the writer’s white sheet, of which the act becomes an object. For the table, the inspiration behind the piece comes from the mark left by the welding machine. The soldering machine becomes a brush that shows the outline of the object. The mirror bears the traces of its manufacture and creation, revealing the smooth transition between the different stages of the surface, from the initial matt white to the black of the primer, and up to the polished metal. The image appears as an organic hole drilled through the wall. The rough specks of the polished metal reflect a pointillist, imperfect image, as if painted in real time, with the graininess of the metal acting like the stroke of a brush.”

Where to see the creations of Damien Gernay?

HAS Paris, Damien Gernay is represented by the Gosserez gallery. He also exhibits frequently at PAD Paris, ICFF in New York, Milan Design Week and in institutions such as the MuBE museum in Sao Paulo, the Milan Triennale in Milan, the design museum in Ghent. In 2018, he participated in the Design Generations collective exhibition at the ADAM Brussels Design Museum, presenting the work of 10 Belgian designers. The unique concept of this event made it possible, through the creators represented, to talk about design in general in three directions: the past, the present and the future. Each of the 10 designers selected a piece from the permanent collection, presented a recent piece from their own production and imagined the design of tomorrow… And Damien Gernay chose Expansion n°14 by the artist César to represent the past…

This year, in the spring, it was also exhibited as part of La Promenade du Collectionneur, organized at the Hôtel Meurice by the Galerie Gosserez and Maison Parisienne, a presentation which took place at the same time as the PAD.

Damien Gernay, Studio with the view
58, rue Delaunoy,
1080 Molenbeek (Brussels)
Belgium
Such. : 00 33 (0) 486 73 73 68
Email: [email protected]
Website : www.damiengernay.com
Gosserez Gallery: www.galeriegosserez.com

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