Raphaël Zarka

Riding Modern Art. 2007. a photographic collection around a replica of KATARZYNA KOBRO’s Spatial Composition 3 (1928)

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Riding Modern Art, MIKE BARKER, “backside smith grind”. Paris, La Défense. 2006
Padova. 2008. boxing plywood and Carrara marble. 550 x 36 x 130 cm

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Riding Modern Art, MIKE BARKER, “backside smith grind”. Paris, La Défense. 2006
La déduction de Nollet, l’éxpérience de Ménard. 2009
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La déduction de Nollet, l’éxpérience de Ménard. 2009
two cast iron shape. 120 x 120 x 120 cm.
photo via

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Mystery Board #2. 2007/ Mystery Board #2. 2007
Mystery Board #1. 2006/
Mystery Board #3. 2007
vector drawing, light-jet, 39 x 39 cm

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Les Formes du repos #10. 2003
Light-jet. 70 x 100 cm

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Les Formes du repos # 2. 2001
Light-jet. 80 x 53 cm

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Les Formes du repos #9. 2006 / Les Formes du repos #7. 2003
Light-jet, 70 x 100 cm

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Les Formes du repos #1. 2001
Light-jet, 70 x 100 cm

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A skateboarder and artist, RAPHAËL ZARKA collects sculptural forms and structures such as a concrete breakwater, unfinished monorail which litter the urban landscape. Through sculpture, video, written essay and photography ZARKA creates an archive of these abandoned constructions that never came to fruition, turning them into involuntary sculptures whilst creating an atmosphere of the mysterious and the unknown.

RAPHAËL ZARKA believes in the chronology of the object, starting with its transformation, playing with its process of diversion, and contaminating its forms and meanings. His work gives rise to many different interpretations, from a scientific-cum-historical vision which will delight nerds, to the more Pop vision adopted by the skaters’ friend. The reality of his work is possibly situated this side of all this, in a poetic interstice where the forms can be read in several ways without these different meanings being mutually exclusive.

RAPHAËL ZARKA, born in Montpellier, France in 1977 lives and works in Paris. In 2008 he was awarded the Ricard Foundation prize for contemporary art. He is currently undertaking a residency at the Villa Medici, Rome.



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