Poncet is an abstract sculptor in the tradition of Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi. Many of Poncet’s forms are derived from nature and are pared down to display the beauty or voluptuousness of a form or the essence of a movement. His sculpture shows distinct similarities to the work of Jean Arp, with whom Poncet worked closely from 1953-1955.
Poncet believes that movement is essential in good sculpture, and he strives for a breathless balance in his work, so that as you look at it, you feel that with a gentle push, the piece would fall. As Poncet explained:
The movement is essential in my quest. Everything is moving in nature, in life. We must go all the way, trying to search the balance. Maintaining this balance is essential for the sculpture…
Many of Poncet’s forms are derived from nature and are pared down to display the beauty or voluptuousness of either a form or the essence of a movement. Our example is an exquisitely complex abstract shape composed of an unusual mineral fluorite, that is colorful both in visible and in ultraviolet light. This mineral is often employed for industrial purposes, but can also be found in ceramics.
Poncet’s sculptures often have an opening that serves as a visual axis to the work. Around this opening in Untitled unfolds a solid form that surrounds and envelopes. This opening is not located in a symmetrical center of the sculpture; nor is this opening a perfect circle or geometric shape. Rather the opening stands as a conduit through which shafts of light can pass, accentuating the colorful properties of the mineral used in the creation of the sculpture. This light-filled opening thus becomes the intended focal point of the sculpture and is perfectly integrated into the composition. Such a vibrant space accentuates the entirety of the sculpture, while the light becomes the connector between solids and hollows, further defining the sculptural space. Additionally characterizing the sculpture is the sense of movement.