All is chance, and nothing happens by chance : I was watching Patrick Bokanowski’s 1984 film, "Chance’s part", which retraced Henri Dimier’s (1899-1986) life, when it dawned on me what my work’s orientation was going to be. The film, a true painting lesson, revealed the methods and techniques used by the artist, who placed chance a the center of the creative process : Chance invents shapes that the hand organises and fits within an elaborate graphical design.
It all began as a game, a game of chance, lacking in prior design. I was initially attracted by collages, which did not require me to learn how to draw, having discoverd collages by Prévert, Braque, Picasso, and later Schwitters.
From encounter to random encounter and from trial to trial, a singular path took shape, often solitary ; I embraced, or rediscovered techniques used by others : rubbing (which allows you to imprint upon a sheet of paper the relief of a salient piece), folding and crumpling (techniques that Simon Hantai pioneered).
I then felt the urge to test and push my experiments further through my frequentation of the « Ateliers du Carrousel », an offspring of the Paris « Musée des Arts décoratifs ». Notable among these was Laurence Jeannest’s drawing and painting studio, in1997
It was in Simone Couderc’s « materials mixing » workshop that I felt the next urge, that of « complexifying » my work by adding a third dimension and putting to use a variety of materials at the service of new forms. Collages thus became assemblies .
Once more, Chance begot necessity. At the outset, the random choice of materials : wire, cardboard, glass, scrap. There is no such thing as a « noble » material. Rather, discovery, tinkering, « hijacking » objects, modest or « poor » materials, in the
tradition of arte povera.
Then comes in visual and tactile chance : I use whatever object comes within my reach, that, by virtue of some unexpected color or shape, kindles my fancy.
I then proceed with a « fitting ». Does the object fit within the structure ? Does it function as part of a whole ? Step by step, from draft to draft, the sculpture takes shape.
Sometimes, when the choice of materials is limited, space – emptiness – becomes the ethereal construction’s quintessential component.
The structure must be stable. Balance, or equilibrium, must be visual as well as mechanical. That double requirement was probably at the heart of Calder’s work, as well as that of the constructivists. Humor, chance’s accomplice, sometimes joins the dance.
Since 2006, I have been working in a sculpture studio ( "Paris-Ateliers" then "Ateliers Beaux Arts de la ville de Paris) . Metallic rods and wire are at the source of my present work.
I live and work in Paris.
2016 Le Sel | Centre Culturel | Sèvres Galerie Weiller | 5, rue Gît-le-Coeur | Paris
2019 | from 01.24 to 02.23 Curiosités d'hiver | Galerie Mondapart | Boulogne Billancourt2018 Tenri Japonese cultural center | rue Bertin Poirée | Paris Réalités Nouvelles2017 Réalités Nouvelles | Parc Floral Vincennes2016 Galerie Crearte | Ars en Ré France Réalités Nouvelles | Parc Floral / Vincennes2015 Salon des arts | Sèvres Realites Nouvelles | Parc Floral | Vincennes Chateau des Tourelles | Le Plessis Trevise Galerie Mondapart | Boulogne sur Seine France2014 Réalités Nouvelles | Parc Floral | Vincennes Ar'Cime | Paris, France2013 Arkifuse | Mairie du IXeme | Paris, France Realites Nouvelles | Parc Floral | Vincennes2012 Réalités Nouvelles | Parc Floral | Vincennes2008 Galerie du centre culturel japonais | Cologne, Allemagne Regards sur cour | Gore, Senegal2007 Arkifuse | 9th district city hall | Paris, France2005 Galerie Peinture Fraîche | Paris, France2004 Comparaisons (abstracted assemblage group) | Paris, France2003 Nouvelles Tendances | Marly le Roi, France Les Beaux Arts de Garches | Garches, France Salon des Arts | Vaucresson, France Salon Itinéraires | Paris, France2002 Artcolle | Paris, France Les Beaux Arts de Garches | Garches, France Salon des Arts | Vaucresson, France Salon des Beaux Arts | Chatou, France Comparaisons (abstracted collage group) | Paris, France2001 Les Beaux Arts de Garches | Garches, France Artcolle | Paris, France Nouvelles Tendances | Marly le Roi, France Salon des Arts | Vaucresson, France2000 Artcolle | Paris, France