In Europe’s artistic scene, Philippe Favier is an example of a singular practice which has no real equivalent. Born in 1957, he has, since the 1980's, produced paintings where the motif becomes a simple ornamentation of a wider whole, without visible hierarchy and without any particular construction apart from the fact that it creates an off-camera, both physical and mental. There is in this artist, the idea that art should, above all, activate imagination. To achieve this he does not hesitate to introduce fascinating little figures, sometimes multiplied to infinity. Using the theme of vanities, death and skeletons, he fills his pages with ordinary but surprising objects that alternate with intriguing otherworld images. The important point for him, is that the book, the images, the story-path, are to be read and deciphered. The work is a synthesis between the pages full of crypto glyphs, and the page after-page succession of possible readings. Philippe Favier builds impossible works, without beginning, without end, without orientation, without any destination other than to lead us into unsuspected depths in our imagination. Time stretches, lengthens to infinity, takes different forms according to how we read.
Hamish Fulton was born in 1946 in London. He defines himself as a "walking artist." Often related to Land art for its proximity with nature and aesthetic exchange from it, yet refuses Hamish Fulton this association. Hamish Fulton prefers to focus on walking, it practical in nature: his steps are his works, which he brought back photographs, drawings or writings.
A member of Arte Povera, Giuseppe Penone has been creating very special artworks since the late sixties, showing man in interaction with nature, involving vegetation,modifying its growth, carving out tree trunks to reveal their inner structure, growth curves and plastic richness.More recently, he has deliberately directed his work toward the question of man's position regarding classical history, or his place in an increasingly artificial environment.
Poirier (Anne & Patrick)
Anne Poirier, born in 1942 and Patrick Poirier, born in 1942. They live and work between Paris and the Provence (South of France).
Considered as one of the fathers of American conceptual art, Lawrence Weiner has been developing since the late 1960’s a unique practice in which the work incarnates itself fully into the topicality of the monstration space. This play with, and within language has recently taken a new dimension. Always attentive to graphics, to dimensions, to colors and to punctuation in his interventions, Lawrence Weiner considers his works as sculptures which interpolate directly within the spectator's imagination: “The sculpTure is in the words themselves.”