François Réau / Dans de solennelles et profondes régions intermédiaires, on voit les grandes étoiles d’une nuit de printemps

François Réau presents "Dans de solennelles et profondes régions intermédiaires, on voit les grandes étoiles d'une nuit de printemps" at Galerie 8+4 (13, rue d'Alexandrie) from 9 February to 11 April 2024. Opening on Thursday 8 February from 5pm. 

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A multidisciplinary artist, François Réau (born 1978) articulates his work in large-scale plastic devices, installations and drawings, mental landscape and physical landscape, the immensely large or the unspeakable. His plastic devices or drawings in installation raise the principle of the appearance and disappearance of the figure and motifs, at the very heart of the materials.

Taking the space of the landscape and its processes of transformation as a source of reflection, his work is determined by his questioning of the links between man and nature. The themes of temporality, space and human fragility are all present. Landscapes also evoke travel, a place rich in all possible escapes, a point of departure or the symbol of a journey in progress. He notes that "the landscape is always, in a way, the expression of lack; for the space of the landscape is also the very space of our own desire". The poetic and singular attention he pays to the world is mingled with memories, imbued with reality, imagination and fiction, but also with mystery and spirituality, opening up his plastic objects to interpretations that he hopes will be multiple. In a way, his work is situated in an in-between.

For the exhibition at Galerie 8+4, François Réau has produced a new set of 24 drawings that explore the breakdown of time, from the 24-hour day to the 24 frames of a second in a film... opening up several possible narratives at the heart of his work, between short and longer time. The title of the exhibition, taken from an excerpt of a poem by Rilke, is a reminder of the extent to which poetry allows François Réau to unfold a field in which words open up and shift, touching on things that are universal.

Réau (François)

François Réau is a French artist, born in 1978. He studied art at various schools, first at the Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts in Poitiers, then at the Ecole d'Arts Appliqués in Poitiers, where he graduated in 2001.

He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in France and abroad (London, Brussels, Turin, Beijing and Melbourne). He was a finalist for the "Talents Contemporains" prize at the François Schneider Foundation in Wattwiller in 2015 and 2016, and his work has been exhibited as part of Lile3000, Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture, at the Guoyi Art Museum in Beijing, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2016, at the Musée de l'Hospice Saint Roch in Issoudun in 2019 and at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen in spring 2020.

He has recently exhibited his work at a number of venues, including the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud and the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland. In recent months, he has been in the news with exhibitions at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec, the Fondation Bullukian in Lyon, the Drawing Lab in Paris, the Tour de la Chaîne in La Rochelle for the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and the Château des Ducs de Bretagne for the Voyage à Nantes.

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