Champ d’Acceleration / Acceleration Field, October 2015-January 2016 at La Maison Rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris.
Baptiste Debombourg has been working with glass since 2005 and Acceleration Field (Champ d’accélération) is his most intricate large-scale installation (250 square meters) to date, the first one too to be exposed to natural light. This installation belongs to a cycle where glass colonises space, sometimes processed to turn into black as in Dark Matter (Matière noire) in Strasbourg (La Chaufferie, October 1-November 15, 2015), or left in the raw with its blueish and green tones (Flow, 2013, Québec), or playing with stained glass as in a room of Brauweiler Abbey in Germany, where the material takes over the windows (Aerial, 2012). Glass doesn’t interest the artist for the artisanal craft it requires, its intrinsic fragility or its purity. Viewed through the prism of Marcel Duchamp’s famed and accidentally cracked Large Glass, glass is for Debombourg the product of a dark alchemy, a lively material. Moreover, the laminated glass plates he uses are fastidiously cracked with a hammer but without scattering (the material is made out of two bonded layers). (Excerpt from the text by Bénédicte Ramade).