In his sculpture and installation work, Sylvio Marchand explores irrational scenarios with rationality, using—among others—archaeologist, restorer and curator techniques. Through his restorations, Marchand addresses the archaeology of our utopias, creating meaning from aesthetic instabilities. In 2012 Sylvio Marchand covered the Galerie Jeune Création's ground, walls and ceiling with silicone molding rubber. As silicone does not stick to itself, the layer slowly collapsed. While the exhibition lasted, the gallery’s space gradually sloughed off its skin. During a residency in Düsseldorf in 2013, he transferred screen grabs of nine seconds of a Youtube video showing the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas onto plaster slabs. The 220 images were accompanied by a stele covered with six years’ worth of user comments.
Marchand has exhibited his installation and mixed media works in a number of international venues including Archiraar Gallery, Brussels, Galerie Onomato, Düsseldorf, La Galerie Jeune Création, Paris, Lieu-Commun, Toulouse, France, and 59ème Salon de Montrouge, France, among others.
Courtesy of Archiraar Gallery