Sunday, June 10, 2007

Jean-Michel Fauquet: Kaïros

Jean-Michel Fauquet: Kaïros at Haim Chanin Fine Art. "...Kaïros, an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment defines a vertical time, a time in between, a moment of undetermined period of time in which something special happens, by opposition to chronos, a chronological, horizontal time, with a predictable beginning and end. It is those vertical times that Jean-Michel Fauquet captures in his new exhibition by melding together sculpture, photography and painting into the most fascinating and poetic images.
To create these images, Fauquet first builds imaginary objects and scenes out of cardboard. Once assembled, painted and staged, those objects are photographed one by one. Each print is then painted and waxed, coming out like dark tanned leather, where the light seems imprisoned, manipulated in order to create each time a different scene, a different moment. About his intriguing objects/photos/paintings, Fauquet says: 'They are telluric objects, chaoses, accumulations, in fact, they are scandals. Etymologically, a scandal is something that blocks our route, and to invoke it is a way of neutralizing it.' And those cathartic scandals are brought to the viewer like unsettling shadows and ghosts, at once utterly foreign and strangely familiar, suspended in a time impossible to define, for a use lost to the past or yet to invent."


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