Philippe Favier - Noir
What characterizes Philippe Favier’s work, built up over a couple of decades, is doubtless its consistent inventiveness and the liberty he accords to upsetting the images he initiates.
What characterizes Philippe Favier’s work, built up over a couple of decades, is doubtless its consistent inventiveness and the liberty he accords to upsetting the images he initiates. In our society, given to labeling, it’s a bit tricky to appear at each exhibit with a brand-new look… But for more than thirty years, and after three retrospectives (one of which was held at the Jeu de Paume museum), it is plain to see, that with an undeniable coherence, Favier has succeeded in creating one of the richest and most original bodies of work of his generation.
The vocation of the Maison européenne de la photographie is to show works that “turn” around the medium of film. In the four halls consecrated to that, all the works presented (about one hundred) adhere to this principle. For someone too easily pigeonholed in the “painting aisle,” it is not without a little mischievousness that he is happy to present, for the first time together, his “photographic” works...
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- 24 x 30 cm
- 100 color illustrations
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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.
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