Jean Marc Andrieu and Arnaud Vasseux<br>Quel hasard
Jean Marc Andrieu, Douze points sans motif, 2017 (dessin)
group exhibition at the gallery sintitulo

Jean Marc Andrieu et Arnaud Vasseux

20/12 – 10/01/2020

Jean Marc Andrieu and Arnaud Vasseux do not resort to chance (hasard). They practice it as a method and with method, within rigorous artistic processes, as an exercise of attention, observation, a source of experimentation devoid of subjectivity.

The “hasard” that gave rise to this body of exhibition begins with a workshop visit. A visit during which finished works and works in progress beckon us at the same time, with an insistence of their own. “Workshop drawings”, as the artists like to call them, and which are often not necessarily produced to be shown but constitute a kind of vacancy of the mind, as Jean Marc Andrieulikes to call it:

“They are only the primary, lyrical, experimental and biographical expression of an absence of project that seems to me to constitute the essence of their purpose. They are sometimes reworked years or decades apart, and can accidentally set themselves up to support and comfort themselves in the aphasia I lend them. They are not aimed at any success except to demonstrate (against the current) that the absence of even intention could lead to success… they mix happily in my drawer and out of my will, to produce, as they meet, new occurrences that sometimes make me happy… even their dating is moderately reliable… »

Thus, its Plans d’installation are an alignment of four sheets which, first superimposed, were punctured by a dart that, projected on several occasions, marked a number of impacts on each of them. These impacts therefore produce a similar pattern on each sheet. The sheets are then juxtaposed in a simple combination: two/side/ front-to-front top at the bottom/ up and down and the marking of the dots is reinforced by a stencil drawing. Thus in this apparent disorder of points marked in reserve of white, an imperceptible coherence remains, the rhythm of which can be sensitive to us.

The “Encres flottantes” that Arnaud Vasseux has been practicing since 1992 derive their method from a Japanese technique, suminagashi,or floating ink (Encres flottantes). This technique of paper capture accepts chance; it was invented in the 12th century and later spread to Europe by perfecting itself by adding substances mixed with water and inks. Now called marbled paper or vat paper, it is mainly used in the field of binding as a guard page. Arnaud Vasseux takes up this ancient Japanese technique whose gestures and elements are the least numerous and the simplest. A water-filled bin serves as a testing ground. The traditional ratio is reversed: instead of pouring the ink on the paper, the paper is placed on the surface of the ink. It is the sheet that captures, by simple contact, the ink film that floats on the surface of the water. The result escapes the deed of inscription specific to the drawing. Each sheet fixes the expansion of a drop of ink deposited on the surface of the water. As in photography, the medium comes to record and capture, like a snapshot, the state of a moving phenomenon. The final form is the result of an experience in which matter is expressed in its interaction with duration, water, air and paper. The artist then becomes an operator more than a composer.

As for the Plâtre photographique, it comes from the eponymous series born during a residency of Arnaud Vasseux at CIRVA (International Centre for Research on Glass and Plastic Arts – Marseille). Glass is apparently completely absent from this object but yet it is entirely part of the process of the emergence of this form. The glass is revealed by the index of cracks printed in the plaster as if the material had become photosensitive. The dilation of the plaster at the time of taking breaks the glass from the inside; cracks appear and others form gradually. The trace at the location of the cracks appears in a second time and gradually in the material. This recording is comparable to the photograph and the history of its appearance. We find the snapshot that fixes a moment confirming that something has happened.

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past exhibitions at the sintitulo gallery

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Marta Zgierska

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galerie sintitulo, mougins

In her (not so) counterfeit and perfect images in many ways, Marta never ceases to play her own role in her ceaseless quest for the more-than-perfect. When she wears the mask of this role to be played, she also plays mine and yours: all in search of this more-than-perfect against which ancient wisdoms would warn us (…)

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Arnaud Vasseux - Sol à Issensac, 2013. Copyright of the artist, courtesy Sintitulo gallery.

Comment on marche

03/10 – 31/11/2019
galerie sintitulo, mougins

Subject of scientific and technical investigation, walking is seen here as the motive artists choose to state the content of their art. This exhibition pursues an inventory of the forms that the walk in art has taken, in the wake of the works with which the notion of landscape was initiated: solitary journey, stroll, imaginary journey, reconnaissance or documentation, crossings of territory, scientific or proxy travel…

Exhibition as part of: “des marches, démarches”, a cultural event on the scale of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region coordinated by the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

With: Sebastien Arrighi, Elia Cantori, David Casini, Favret & Manez*, Jean Philippe Roubaud*, Jérémie Setton*, Arnaud Vasseux* (*Artists whose works are part of the Frac PACA collection).

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Arnaud Vasseux Document

Arnaud Vasseux
Mes Saisons du Dessin: Dessins d’Eté, Dessins d’hiver

22/09 – 8/12/2018
galerie sintitulo, mougins

Molding and impression are the main terms within his creative process, repeatedly introducing issues related to photography, to the emergence of image, to the dialectic relation between positive and negative. In his sculptures, just as much in his paper works, the features and the qualities of different materials provoke a large variety of gestures (…)

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© Arnaud Vasseux, courtesy galerie Sintitulo. Document (Camargue), 2013

Arnaud Vasseux

8/03 – 24/04/2019
galerie sintitulo, mougins

The exhibition crosses several lines of research by Arnaud Vasseux, in relation to the activity of walking, displacement, natural elements and their transformation.

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