Derrière le visible - Eric michel / Franck Christen

Derrière le visible - Eric michel / Franck Christen

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“Light has this unique quality, of being at once material and immaterial... light speaks” Éric Michel.


“Light has this unique quality, of being at once material and immaterial… light speaks”.

As an invited artist this year at the Convent of La Tourette, ÉRIC MICHEL conducts research on light, a study that harmonizes well with that of Le Corbusier, the architect, for whom light, like concrete, is a material. This encounter drove Éric Michel, light bearer (passeur de lumière), to create a series of luminous neon installations especially for the Convent. They play on the frontier of the material and the immaterial, conveying us along a path that interrogates our relationship to reality.

After several sojourns at the Convent, FRANCK CHRISTEN (resident photographer invited conjointly with Éric Michel) brings us photos showing great restraint and sensitivity, and evoke – beyond the life of the friars – all the complexity of a work on images set against such a building.

Texts by Rébecca François, Éric Michel, Damien Sausset, Brother Marc Chauveau.


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24 x 30 cm
80 color illustrations
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Christen (Franck)

Franck Christen (born January 18, 1971 in Mulhouse) studied at the École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre in Brussels (photography studio). He lives and works in Brussels and in Alsace. He is an invited professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. Prizes: 2001 HSBC Foundation for Photography Prize 1998 Prix National Photographie Ouverte, Fotografie-Circuit Vlaanderen 1996 Honorable Mention, Prix Dumeunier, Charleroi

Michel (Éric)

Éric Michel (born in 1962) lives and works in Paris. His work on light, in particular his paintings, saturated with pure pigments, his videos and neon installations follow essentially in the tradition of a quest for the immaterial, along the lines of Yves Klein, James Turrell and Dan Flavin. A few notable dates: In 2007, the presentation of the video “Swimming Fluo” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Shanghai, for the “Sport in Art” exhibition supported by the Beijing Olympic Committee. In 2009, the installation “Passages de Lumière” set in the front windows of the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Nice (MAMAC). In March 2011, the inauguration of a monumental, permanent light installation, “Les Moulins de Lumière,” in the Grands Moulins de Pantin building.

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