Sérigraphie - Silkscreen / 2006
"La démarche artistique de Richard Marnier est née d’une attention portée sur les sons continus (les bourdons). Par la suite les observations sur les structures constituant le son — harmoniques, tonalités, hauteurs — l’ont amené à s’interroger sur celles qui construisent le langage : l’alphabet, les phonèmes, les mots.
The artistic approach of Richard Marnier was born from a focus on continuous sounds (bumblebees). Later observations on structures constituting the sound -harmonics, tones, hauteurs- led him to question those who build the language : the alphabet, phonemes, words.
Richard Marnier used the computer to materialize the sound of each letter and some diphthongs. By recording the sounds, he was able to obtain graphical curves that can give a "silhouette" to the sound. Then he reproduced the forms obtained by carving them in ivory colored PVC blocks to get a three-dimensional volume materializing each letter.
Richard Marnier builds relationships between sound and volume thanks to his original study of the alphabet that is the skeleton of language and it meaning, but which one we generally keep nothing more than a mechanical report. Deconstructing our reflex against these signs, the artists work turns voluntarily to the game's universe. Actually, his alphabet, rather than traditional cubes, evokes tops and is stored in alphabetical order in a wooden box.
Alphabetic ossuary, all of these pieces embodies the construction of what is ordinary, intangible, invisible, and offers our manipulation, tempted by these intriguing objects, smooth, of a creamy whiteness. In parallel with the production of this set, Richard Marnier wanted to edit a black and white silkscreen representing the translation of each of the letters in graphical form in order to develop a new form of writing, an alphabet with a plastic approach of the language.”