françois morellet

18 MAR — 30 APR 2016
 


"ART-WORKS ARE PICNIC AREAS WHERE YOU EAT WHAT YOU'VE BROUGHT WITH YOU" SAYS FRANÇOIS MORELLET (B 1926 IN CHOLET, FR); IN OTHER WORDS, VISUAL ART HAS TO ALLOW THE VIEWER TO SEE IN IT WHAT HE WANTS TO SEE. FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS, FRANÇOIS MORELLET HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT REPRESENTATIVE OF CONCRETE GEOMETRIC ART, WHICH HE EXECUTES IN THE MEDIA OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE, INSTALLATION, DRAWING AND KINETIC ART. GEOMETRICAL FORMS AND THEIR ARRANGEMENT, WITH THE AID OF A SYSTEMATICALLY APPLIED CONTINGENCY PRINCIPLE, HAVE BEEN CENTRAL ELEMENTS IN FRANÇOIS MORELLET'S ŒUVRE. REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ARTIST' S METHODS ARE THE TWO WORKS EXHIBITED HERE, FROM THE NÉONS 3D SERIES: A WHITE CANVAS STRETCHED ON A WOODEN SQUARE SERVES AS A PICTURE SUPPORT, WITH NEON TUBES PROJECTING BEYOND ITS BORDERS. THE FORMAT OF THE PICTURE SUPPORT AND THE LIGHT ELEMENTS ARRANGED ON IT ARE ESTABLISHED THROUGH A RANDOMISED ALGORITHM REGULATED BY THE ARTIST. THIS STRICT CRITERION IS CONTRASTED WITH PUNNING TITLES REMINISCENT OF THE ONOMATOPŒIC EXPERIMENTS OF THE DADAISM PRACTISED BY HIS SPIRITUS RECTORES HANS ARP AND HUGO BALL. HIS MOST RECENT SERIES FAUT LE FER, ALSO AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR EXHIBITION, IS CHARACTERISED BY TOTAL REDUCTION TO THE COMBINATION OF TWO RIGHT ANGLES OF BLACK IRON. IN FAUT LE FER N°2 AND FAUT LE FER N°3, THESE TWO ELEMENTS OVERLAP, IN THE THIRD WORK, FAUT LE FER N°4, THEY APPEAR TO APPROACH EACH OTHER, ALMOST LIKE A KISSING COUPLE. THE DISSOLUTION OF ARTISTIC STRUCTURES, WHICH ACCOMMODATES MORELLET'S APPROACH OF "MAKING DO WITH AS FEW RESOURCES AS POSSIBLE", IS INCREASINGLY CLEAR IN HIS WORKS OF RECENT MONTHS. OUR EXHIBITION IS THE STARTING-POINT FOR A SERIES OF RETROSPECTIVES IN MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES WORLDWIDE, IN HONOUR OF FRANÇOIS MORELLET'S 90TH BIRTHDAY ON 30 APRIL; THIS DAY ALSO MARKS THE END OF OUR EXHIBITION.


INSTALLATION VIEW
 

WORKS

FRANÇOIS MORELLET
FAUT LE FER N° 4, 2015
IRON, EX.: 2/3
190 X 190 CMS / 74 3/4 X 74 3/4 IN.

FRANÇOIS MORELLET
FAUT LE FER N° 3, 2015
IRON, EX.: 2/3
147 X 157 CMS / 57 3/4 X 61 3/4 IN.

FRANÇOIS MORELLET
FAUT LE FER N° 2, 2015
IRON, EX.: 2/3
107 X 158 CMS / 42 X 62 1/4 IN.

FRANÇOIS MORELLET
SOUS-FER N° 1, 2015
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, IRON; EX.: 2/3
142 X 142 CMS / 56 X 56 IN.

FRANÇOIS MORELLET
NÉGATIF N°5 (DE N°04007 "APRÈS RÉFLEXION N°8", 2004), 2008
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, IRON; EX.: 3/3
100 X 100 CMS / 39 1/3 X 39 1/3 IN.

FRANÇOIS MORELLET
DOUBLE SENS N°4, 2013
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS ON WOOD, NEON; UNIQUE
141 X 164 CMS / 55 1/1 X 64 1/2 IN.

FRANÇOIS MORELLET
NÉONS 3D: 20°-90°-45°, 2014
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS ON WOOD, NEON; EX.: 3/3
207 X 187 CMS / 81 1/2 X 73 2/3 IN.

FRANÇOIS MORELLET
NÉONS 3 D : 65°-90°-25°, 2015
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS ON WOOD, NEON; EX.: 3/3
207 X 187 CMS / 81 1/2 X 73 2/3 IN.