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CURATOR

Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles
Pierre Joseph

DOC
26, rue du Docteur Potain, 75019, Paris, France

Solo show
20.10—12.11.2018

Curator
Arthur Fouray

PRESS RELEASE
Pierre Joseph (born in Caen, 1965, lives and works in Paris) tells at DOC a simple story. The exhibition Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles follows the lineage of rural scenes painted during the XIXth century by Vincent van Gogh and Jean-Francois Millet. After his show Hypernormandie at La Galerie Noisy–le–Sec, he virtually explores a science–fiction sequel of the impressionists’ works.

He parasitizes keywords, hashtags, bluring yet clarifying the possible leads of his solo show. Pierre Joseph plays with the codes of normative mythologies, of a technological society obsessed by an organic & natural ideal. He was triggered by the exhibition La Vie Simple – Simplement la vie / Songs of Alienation by Bice Curiger and Julia Marchand at Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles in 2018. La Vie Simple sought to decipher the relationship of artists in keeping with a natural way of life. Displacement of a real context to a temporary exhibition, Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles sets the tone.

Are we “Rue du Docteur Fanton” or “rue du Docteur Potain” ? This keyword slide, here a landslide brings us to a potato field. A XXIst century potatoe field. Storage, industrial potatoes display, Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles takes us to a “Rungis” (International Market) aisle. Almost communist in the constancy of the photographs and their subjects, this presentation lays the idea of a potato, simple, naked, peeled of any qualifier. Some germs and the pinkish tone of their film punctuate the dried dirt surrounding potatoes. The tiny details are as many focal points inside this potatoes cosmos to highlight a simple truth: potatoes.

How to disconnect the subject from any political, social, ideological, historical issue, in order to convey the “potato” object in the most modest fashion ? Pierre Joseph digs the perspective of a simple potato. He looks for the direct and trivial attitude of XIXth century painters when they painted peasants, fields, meals, still lives. Today, with this accelerated information overflow, the task is, precisely not so simple. Just search for hashtags “#potatoes”, “#spuds” (and their variations, including Esperanto) on social networks or search engines to understand the abundance and diversity of the starchy crop vocabulary. The exhibition is built with and thanks to the potato. From the starch that fixes the image on film to the starchy paste that links the forty–five “endless photographs” to DOC’s wall. Pierre Joseph restricts the vocabulary in order to discern specific categories, clear intentions.

The potato, the seriality, the contextual shift. All these components blend together and genuinely generate the experience of the exhibition in an extended space–time setting. Today or in 10 years, here or somewhere else, Pierre Joseph presents us a living ecosystem that has developed since the start of the project, that is expressed during the time of the exhibition and that will be altered tomorrow.

Arthur Fouray
2018

FURTHER READING
Press_Release.pdf
Jean–François Millet : Pop down up
Julia Marchand
2018
Potatoes Love treaty
Norbert Nicolet, Jill Cousin
2018

PHOTOGRAPHY
Aurélien Mole

AcknowledgmentS
Air de Paris
Florence Bonnefous
Jérémie Bonnefous
Julie Boukobza
Elsa Carnielli
Lauren Coullard
Bice Curiger
Philippe Decrauzat
Nicolas Degrange
Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles
Maja Hoffmann
Julia Marchand
Édouard Merino
Ana Mendoza Aldana

Mark
ARTIST

Greffes
Alfredo Aceto — Achraf Touloub — Landon Metz — Mohamed Namou
Marco Basta — Lupo Borgonovo
Davide Bertocchi — Samon Takahashi
Gabriele De Santis — Felice Levini
Alberto Di Fabio — Lucian Indrei — Ciprian Mureşa
Arthur Fouray — Christophe de Rohan Chabot
Edgars Gluhovs — Timothy Furey
Lise Stoufflet — Romain Vicari
Nicola Pecoraro — Fabio Quaranta

Villa Medici
Viale della Trinità dei Monti, 1, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Group Show
16.11 — 23.11.2017

Curator
Pier Paolo Pancotto

PHOTOGRAPHY
Arthur Fouray
Christophe de Rohan Chabot

Acknowledgments
Alfredo Aceto
Paolo Caravello
Arthur Godard

ARTIST

Arthur Fouray

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauerplatz, 5001 Aarau, Switzerland

SOLO SHOW
26.08—12.11.2017

Curators
Yasmin Afschaf
Katrin Weilenmann

PRESS RELEASE
Arthur Fouray (b. 1990) combines the approaches of major, opposing twentieth–century avant–garde art movements in his work: readymade, Minimal and Conceptual Art, as well as monochrome painting. He also studies current developments in–depth and it is these wide–ranging points of reference that provide the basis for his artistic concepts.

In his CARAVAN exhibition the Lausanne–trained artist places his works in the foyer of the Aargauer Kunsthaus, literally at the interface of interior and exterior space. The glass façade designed by Herzog & de Meuron is the starting point for his site–specific intervention in which he plays with the architectural situation of the foyer as well as its use as a place of encounter. The artist covers the museum’s front with curtains made of cotton that are painted bright red. This material was first used by the Abstract Expressionists in the U.S. and competed with linen canvas as the classic picture support.

Arthur Fouray’s diverse reference system is evident not just on a formal level: oftentimes the names of artists who served as inspiration for a work are, in fact, mentioned explicitly. His window installation Torres (Pyrrole) was inspired by a group of works by the Cuban artist Félix Gonzalez Torres (1957 – 1996). In the 1980s, Torres arranged light–blue curtains in an exhibition space; called Untitled (Loverboy), theyallude to the romantic relationship of two men. For Fouray, too, the fabric panels are a means of staging. Torres (Pyrrole) is preceded by a work from the aaafff series. This combination of letters refers both to the artist’s initials and to the shade of colour featured in many of his works, which in the computer–based colour identification system used by Fouray stands for a precisely defined light violet blue. The painting shows on one side the titular colour hue, while its other side is covered by a mirror. When the visitor steps in front of the latter, the glass façade becomes a stage and the viewer becomes the protagonist of this mise–en–scène.

INTERFACE. WELCOME TO A FELIX ROOM ♥: with these words in the present booklet Arthur Fouray provides the motto for his installation. He invites us into a spatial structure that is both confined and porous and in which the curtain and objects function as interfaces between two systems. Felix refers not just to the aforementioned artist, but also means “happy” or “lucky” in Latin. The heart icon on the back stylises this positive message.

Yasmin Afschaf
Katrin Weilenmann

PHOTOGRAPHY
Arthur Fouray

Acknowledgments
Marielle Chabal
César Chevalier
Lauren Coullard
Marine Coullard
Philippe Decrauzat
Madeleine Schuppli
Aargauer Kunsthaus Museum Team

ARTIST

SCREEN
Arthur Fouray

Tombolo Presses
17 rue Aublanc 58000 Nevers, France

artist’s book
11 x 18 cm
104 pages
2017

Editor
Thierry Chancogne

SCREEN is a multimedia artist book by Arthur Fouray. Its title, embodies his artistic process which spreads here across two main formats : painting/serigraphy on cushions and a printed material. The publication sets a comprehensive entry point into a research that Arthur Fouray began in 2015 with his solo show « Spectre » at espace Quark, Geneva. Through art and decoration history, he questions the shift between painting before the industrial revolution and the cinematographic experience. He proposes to the onlooker an art experience which teases the unsaid.

Conception
Arthur Fouray

Design
Arthur Fouray

DISTRIBUTION
Printed Matter
les presses du réel
Motto Distribution

ISBN
979-10-96155-05-7

LAUNCH
Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, 10997 Berlin, Germany
18.05.2017

The launch of the book is accompanied by a talk between Rachel Walker and Arthur Fouray. A bookshelf will display books published by Tombolo Presses in recent years.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Marielle Chabal
Thierry Chancogne
César Chevalier
Lauren Coullard
Philippe Decrauzat
Elise Lammer
Élisa Langlois
Christophe Lemaitre
Motto Distribution
Julien SIrjacq
Jérôme Valton
Alexis Zavialoff


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