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Gyan Panchal, La face (The Face), 2014, polyurethane, rust, 33 × 22 3/4 × 10 3/4".

Gyan Panchal

Marcelle Alix

Gyan Panchal, La face (The Face), 2014, polyurethane, rust, 33 × 22 3/4 × 10 3/4".

Broken beehive boxes, a discarded hunting tent, a three-foot-tall wedge of eroded polyurethane: These are among the raw materials of Gyan Panchal’s latest works. Starting with man-made items scavenged from the French countryside near his home in Limousin, Panchal takes care not to efface marks made by humans, animals, chemicals or other forces of nature whose interactions with these once-functional objects predate his own. Via subtle, sometimes almost imperceptible modifications, such as the addition of a layer of dust, some gentle sanding, or a strategic fold, Panchal casts himself in the humble role of coauthor in a story of nature versus culture. Though the gallery context deprives some of the objects of their practical connotations, even abstracting them in a sense, Panchal’s work raises real concerns about the relationship between man and his environment.

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