Gérard Renvez’s singular ink works are a mind-bending mixture
of mechanical processes that pays tribute to what Renvez calls “the
memory of industrial sites” as they disappear. Renvez collects pieces
of tools and machinery from such sites and transfers their images to paper
with the aid of the rust, dust, pigment traces, and grease that naturally
accrues over time. The process makes for a spectrum of permanence, from
color lying on top of the paper to the dust truly mixing in with the fibers.
Renvez was born in Paris and today lives in Normandy, France. He exhibited
in Nottingham where he lived and worked on industrial sites (Raleigh and
Sturmey Archer factories );He currently exhibits at home and abroad.