JACQUES JULIEN
55,

MAR 5th - APR 16th, 2022

Online exhibition of Jacques Julien for his solo show “55”

"55", Jacques Julien, 2022, Galerie PARIS-B

Online
Mar 5 – Apr 16, 2022
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Jacques Julien

From March 5th to April 23rd, PARIS-B presents a solo exhibition of the French artist Jacques Julien. Derisively titled «55» as the age the artist will be this year, this monographic exhibition carries on with the continuity and the development of his work; it follows his residency at the Villa Medici in 2021 and the exhibition Senza Fine at the Frac Normandie, Caen, last summer.

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Accessoires Series, 2021, Mixed media, 40 x 28 x 13 cm

Thus, his work revolves around the practice of sculpture in the studio, where time passes and is lost in the manner of the life that unfolds there, where the work is a series of empirical experiments that tries to find a form of autonomy in coherence with the territory that has made and seen him born, the relationship to space remaining at the center of his questioning.

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Les Figurants Series, 2021, Mixed media, 36 x 36 x 18 cm
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Les Figurants Series, 2021, Mixed media, 37 x 25 x 17 cm
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Les Figurants Series, 2021, Mixed media, 31 x 17 x17 cm
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Les Figurants Series, 2021, Mixed media, 36 x 19 x 10 cm

Jacques Julien’s works attempt to bring together analytical and poetic dimensions with humor. For the artist, a sculpture is a starting point towards the invisible double, the missing body or the hollow figure. Since the 1990s, the artist has been developing a reflection on form: its elaboration, its realization and its abandonment.

"55", Jacques Julien, 2022, Galerie PARIS-B
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Patères Series, 2019-2021, Mixed media, 57 x 14 x 13 cm
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Patères Series, 2019-2021, Mixed media, 58 x 23 x 5 cm

The exhibition proposes a significant set of sculptures of different sizes, arranged on the ground or leaning on the walls, a path composed of recent works made for the most part in the last three years, such as the series of ′′Patères′′ or ′′Pagliacci′′.

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Patères Series, 2019-2021, Mixed media, 31 x 13 x 12 cm
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Patères Series, 2019-2021, Mixed media, 40 x 60 x 8 cm
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Patères Series, 2019-2021, Mixed media, 24 x 64 x 20 cm

They will dialogue with unpublished works produced for the occasion including that of ′′Samplers′′ made of fragments from the background of the studio, remnants of abandoned projects that make up a repertoire of forms in the artist’s inimitable style, between zaniness and derisory poetics, between narration and references to the works of Spoerri or Rauschenberg...

Samplers Series, 2021-2022, Mixed media, 72 x 87 x 16 cm

Finally, as a climax to the exhibition, in subtle games of form, scale and simulacra, Jacques Julien moves his studio at the Villa Medici into the exhibition space of the gallery; ′′Studiolo′′ is a perfect 1/3 scale replica of the studio he occupied for a year during his residency at the Villa Medici: In addition to the touching and affective dimension of the representation of a place where the artist says he was very happy, it is the very relationship to the notion of the studio, which is so dear to him, as the place of the origin of things, that the fifty-year-old artist brings to the fore, like a tribute to an old friend, after twenty-five years of shared exchange, experimentation and creativity

Studiolo, 2021, Mixed media, 180 x 220 x 170 cm
"55", Jacques Julien, 2022, Galerie PARIS-B
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Playground Series, 2022, Mixed media, 40 x 55 x 23 cm
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Playground Series, 2022, Mixed media, 29 x 35 x 18 cm

Jacques Julien

Jacques Julien was born in 1967 in Lons le Saunier, he lives and works between Paris and Montdidier (80). He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Grenoble. He is a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette. In 2021, he was in the residency at the Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome. Since 2000, his work has been the subject of major exhibitions at the CRAC Occitane, the Frac Normandie and the Domaine de Chamarande. His works are also in numerous public collections such as the FNAC or the Frac Bretagne, Bourgogne, Pays de la Loire...