Quentin Carnaille




“I’ve always had a taste for manipulating things and following through on my ideas. It all started during my architecture studies, when I used mechanisms from watches to create a pair of cufflinks for my father. In architecture we can do anything as long as it’s rooted in reality. It was in that moment I understood that anything is possible with will power and hard work.

My project is to bring a touch of magic but with a scientific eye. Of course, this requires a lot of discipline. There is one thing all creations have in common: time, and infinity of reading. Time is a concept that concerns us and that we try to materialize by all means. For my part, I try to intellectualize it instinctively and systematically. Regarding the sculptures, they are always done with magnets which are magnetized in clockwork mechanisms. Note that the realization of a figurative piece requires between 500-800 magnets and a lot of patience.

These are works of art! The message speaks of obsolescence of mechanical watch making in a digital world. The world has changed in less than a century, from the value of work to the immediacy of pleasure. The artist is always the reflection of his time. I have for a long time worked on a series of reinterpretations of great works of art but also on a series questioning the origin of the most astronomical time, infinity, then the weightlessness and gravity. Among reinterpreted works is “Marche du Temps”, meaning “On time”.