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The work of Brussels-based artist Xavier Mary demonstrates a hybrid formal language, all while retaining a clear-cut sculptural aesthetic. The tonality of his pieces seems to be adrift somewhere between the ancient, the brand new and yet-to-come. Past, present and future are entangled in non-linear ways that are a trademark of the contemporary artistic climate.
What we find crystallised in the work of Xavier Mary can be termed as ‘modernism 2.0.’ or ‘modernism reloaded’, which goes by many other names (‘altermodernism’, ‘metamodernism’, etc.). Mary’s position as an artist is one of constant negotiation between different regimes, connecting tradition and avant-garde, sincerity and irony, past and future, actual and virtual. Not only do we find this exemplified in his sculptures and installations, but also in other recognizable gestures, where he is cleverly playing around with his signature and initials.
Xavier Mary transforms highway guardrails into entangled rings, or turns road lights into Frank Stella-like canvases, geometrical shapes and Platonic solids. Everything that is usually just whooshing by on the highway, mediated through a cage of steel, is meticulously turned into monumental sculptures.


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Xavier Mary

Plant B Molenbeek Sculpture Parc , Curated bu Komplot & Toke Lykkeberg

8 September 2017 – 30 November 2017 08.09.2017 – 30.11.2017
Parc de la Fonderie , Molenbeek

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Xavier Mary

The Enigma of Steel

9 November 2017 – 6 January 2018 09.11.2017 – 06.01.2018
Nosbaum Reding , Luxembourg

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JAN HOEFT / XAVIER MARY

21 January 2018 – 11 March 2018 21.01.2018 – 11.03.2018
NAK, Aachen

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Xavier Mary

MX TEMPLE

8 June 2019 – 1 September 2019 08.06.2019 – 01.09.2019
BPS22, Charleroi (BE)

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Xavier Mary

Deep Water Horizon

6 September 2019 – 20 October 2019 06.09.2019 – 20.10.2019
1708 Gallery, Richmond (US)

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Exposition Aline Bouvy, Xavier Mary et Loup Sarion

19 October 2019 – 30 November 2019 19.10.2019 – 30.11.2019
Musée en plein air du Sart Tilman, Liège (BE)

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Xavier Mary

‘ɔːtəˈmatɪk’ (automatic)

15 March 2020 – 26 April 2020 15.03.2020 – 26.04.2020
Barbé-Urbain Gallery, Ghent (BE)

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Xavier Mary

UPLIFT

20 March 2020 – 2 May 2020 20.03.2020 – 02.05.2020
Xippas Geneva, Geneva (CH)

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GROUP SHOW - Heavy Metal parking Lot

12 September 2020 – 8 November 2020 12.09.2020 – 08.11.2020
Garage Rotterdam

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SOLO SHOW - Black Hole Sun

12 December 2020 – 7 February 2021 12.12.2020 – 07.02.2021
FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art

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