Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 07 PM, Free entrance
Anne Bonnin invites the artist Pierre Joseph for "Conversations on Art"
► Listen to the lecture at France Culture Plus
Pierre Joseph is one of the major
artists of the generation that appeared in the early 1990s, alongside Dominique
Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Bernard Joisten and Philippe Parreno, artists
whose work was the foundation for the development of Nicolas Bourriaud’s notion
of relational aesthetics. Inspired by video games and the idea of virtual
reality, Pierre Joseph’s Personnages (à réactiver)—which quickly became famous after
they were invented in 1991—represent a way of conceiving an exhibition as a space
to inhabit or a fiction experienced in real time. An “artists’ artist”, as Pierre
Huyghe calls him, Pierre Joseph is an experimenter who “never recreates the
same thing twice”, and is “more interested in producing ‘situations’ than
objects” (Éric Troncy). Reminiscent of the protocols of conceptual art as well
as certain surrealist experiments, Pierre Joseph produces playful and cognitive
situations, such as his systems of learning (the Japanese language) or
memorization: from memory he reproduced the Paris metro map (Mon Plan du
Plan de Métro de Paris) and his paths through Tokyo. And he got students to
reproduce drawings of the male and female genital organs (L’Atlas, images
His system-works reveal and involve the production and representation modalities of a generic, technological or imaginary reality. His recent series of photographs show artificial landscapes, whether it be his horizonless wheat fields produced by the agri-food industry (Hypernormandie) or his forests frozen in the fantasy of an eternal Maintenant [Now]. The hyper-reality borders on abstraction. The artist explores “the real”, in other words, “that which is given and standardized by representation”, and he leads us, the viewers, to a ridge from which he contemplate a dual, infinite reality that he invites us to reconstruct.
We will therefore explore a body of work, that of Pierre Joseph in his company, revisiting it from its edges, from the perspective of what inspires and fuels the artist. We will survey the broader field of a practice, getting close to the invisible part of the work. The artist is exhibiting his latest project #PierreJosephRedouté at his gallery Air de Paris from January 20 to March 10, 2018.
Pierre Joseph was born in Caen in 1965. He lives in Paris. He is represented by Air de Paris gallery.
His recent solo exhibitions include: Hypernormandie, La Galerie in Noisy-le-Sec, 2016. Maintenant, Air de Paris, 2014. Mon nom est Personne, Chantiers Boîte Noire gallery, Montpellier, 2007. La Salle de bains, Lyon, 2006. Atlas, images restaurées, Villa du Parc, Annemasse, 2005. Action Restreinte, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003. His group exhibitions include: Theft is Vision, LUMA Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland (cur. Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen), 2017. Poïpoï: Collection J et F Merino, NMNM, Villa Sauber, Monaco, 2017. Readymade, House Eva Presenhuber, Vnà, Switzerland (cur. Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen), 2017. Et voici la lumière, Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogota, Colombia, 2017. Life is a Bed of Roses (un roman), l’Ecole de Stéphanie, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, 2015. Dallas Biennial, Dallas Contemporary, 2012.
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