IN THE MEANTIME - TEXT ON RÉJEAN PEYTAVIN'S WORK

Elsa Delage wrote a text about Réjean Peytavin's work.
Since 2015, they have collaborated various times.

IN THE MEANTIME

Réjean’s work fits the context of everyday-life acts and thoughts. His approach is based on a delicate perception of daily routine, through an ergonomic and dream-like perspective on objects. However, the scenarios that lead to the crafting of these objects, whether they are realistic or purely fictional, also stage typically fictional situations.

He distorts the basis of modern design, with the idea of form influencing function. But his work remains the result of designer research, as it still pursues an aim of functionality. As he designs specific shapes to meet specific requests, his work is more what one would refer to as “useful sculptures”, and in certain cases as forms that range between works of art, manufactured objects and handicrafts.

The simple fact of assuming an “artistic” design keeps him in the framework of research and experimentation. In this way, he acquires traditional know-how in an empirical manner, such as the art of faience, woodworking, sewing and daub and wattle. These techniques become working tools, which he then uses to develop new paths. His approach is thus close to that of handicraft, in that it relies on manual, non-industrial work to create limited series of objects.

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Translation: Louis Boivin

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