François Paris

François Paris

 

Torn between opposing impulses, but which he does not seek to unify, François Paris deploys a singular and offbeat universe.

 

The artist plays on the interstices of time, off-camera, sentimental disillusions and misunderstandings, between images and words, the setting in poetic, dark and unanswered abyss, but where the absurdity of existence prevails. A mixture of hope and derision, it leads us to question the real futility of our modern lives, a frantic race to chaos, a dark farce that we don’t want to see for an immediate, instantaneous enjoyment with no real tomorrow. An impulse towards the worst in a happy melancholy.

 

These drawings are usually executed in grey and criterium pencil on relatively small sheets of paper and presented in clouds, however he is also making larger formats since 2012.

Scene of life, sometimes absurd, family photos, propaganda, worried characters, erased faces, uncertain place marked by austerity, incongruous objects, the strange interpretations make us fall into the ineffable disaster, through the prism of old found slides, stale images available on the internet, old forgotten memory cards, the artist seizes them to confront us with a kind of precise decomposition of the soul or what is left of it …

 

Playing the card essentially black and white and a little color, without having any real stylistic preoccupation, he draws, as he explains, everything and nothing at the same time, but all the time and everywhere !

 

This allows him, in his programmed wandering, to perceive the contours of disillusionment. Stopping the narrative impulse, he deconstructs the primary meaning of the initial image by reorganizing it through a particular cut-out or framing and creating new meanings. (…)

 

M. F, 2013

François Paris
Born in 1975, he lives and works in Nice.

 

 


 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018

La conjoncture du hasard, Galerie Éva Vautier, Nice.

 

2014

Villa Cameline, Nice

 

2008

Les surfaces du vide, Galerie Renoir et Galerie du Château, Nice

 

2007

La zone, Nice

 

2005

Mars aux Musées, photographies et installations, Musée des beaux arts, Nice

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2019

Avec plaisir 2, Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice.
Nopoto, Matériaux mixtes, Nice.
La vie est un film, Au 109 Ben. Nice.
Ian Curtis likes this place, Villa Caméline, Nice.
Road Movie, Caisse d’épargne, Nice.
Drawing Now, Art fair, Paris.
Mobile Home, Ecoles Municipales Artistiques, Vitry-sur-Seine.

 

2018
François Paris / Gérald Panighi, exposition SAJ, Nice.

Nopoto, Matériaux mixtes, Nice.
Vom Winde verweht, Berlin.
100 titres, Bel oeil, Nice.

 

2017
Kunstschorle, Projektraum Ventilator 24, Berlin.

Show me the way, Hôtel Windsor, Nice.

Le cabinet utopique, Villa Caméline, Nice.

Éclairage public, le 109, Nice.

Imago Mundi, _ Fondazione Luciano Benetton, Italie.

 

2016
Le Palais Idéal des égo étranges, Château de Hauterives, Hauterives.

Préfiguration des ego étranges, Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice.

 

2015
Centre d’art « Aldébaran », Montpellier.
Tribu, Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice.

À une année lumière, Galerie Eva Vautier. Nice.
Un printemps à Anvers, Galerie Daniel Boéri, Monaco.

 

2014
Centre d’art « Aldébaran ». Montpellier.
Cadavre exquis à la plage, Projektraum Ventilator 24, Berlin.
J’écris donc je suis, Ben, La Station & invités, Centre d’art Le Garage, Brive.

 

2013

Vendanges tardives, Galerie Martagon, Malaucèn

Ombres et lumières, UMAM Nice.

 

2012

Be another, Espace à débattre, Nice

Le cerveau, Espace à débattre, Nice

Échappée belle, Galerie Daniel Boéri, Monaco

Les visiteurs du soir, Draft – Reisefieber, Nice

La Vitrine, Palais la Scala, Monaco

 

2011

ryhmänäytelly, Macumba night club, Nice.

La Menuiserie, Nice

Supervues 2011, 3 jours à l’hôtel Burrhus, Vaison la Romaine

Que sera, sera, Centre d’art, Neuchâtel, Suisse

 

2010

We are all photographers now !, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Suisse

 

2009

La menuiserie, Nice

 

2007

Cabinet démocratique, Villa Cameline, Nice

We are all photographers now !, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Suisse

 

2006

Avatars, Atelier Soardi & le Labo, Nice

Excentricités, Atelier Soardi & le Labo, Nice

Made in Cannes, installation vidéo, Cannes

Cabinet névrotique, Villa Cameline, Nice

 

2005

Low Tech 1, Villa Arson, Nice

Hypegallery photo, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles

Vinyl, Villa Cameline, Nice

Cabinet érotique, Villa Cameline, Nice

 

2004

Hôtel de ville, Le désappartement, Nice

Et l’autre qui se prend pour un génie, alors que c’est moi, Nice

Jeunes artistes autour de Louis Bréa, IPAG, Nice

 

2003

Les Mars de l’art contemporain, installation vidéo, Clermont-Ferrand

 

2002

Foire d’Art Contemporain, Galerie Esca, Nîmes

 

2001

Jolie attaque pour perdre, La Station, Toulouse

 

2000

Promotion 2000, Villa Arson, Nice

Francois Paris, De l’antique regard absent, 2019

Pencil lead drawing on Arches paper 300 Gr, 36 x 26cm

 

 

Francois Paris, Au Centre caché, 2019

Pencil lead drawing on Arches paper 300 Gr

26 x 36 cm

 

 

Francois Paris, Sans titre, 2018

Pencil lead on paper, 75 x 118 cm

 

 

 

Francois Paris, Faux semblant, 2018

Pencil lead on paper, 90 x 75 cm

 

 

François Paris, Unknown Pleasures, 2014

Pencil lead on paper, 65 x 50 cm

François Paris, Exhibition View © photo Fr Fernandez

 

 

 

François Paris, Exhibition View © photo Fr Fernandez

 

 

 

 

 

Francois Paris,
Sans titre, 2018
Pencil lead on paper, 75 x 118 cm

 

 

 

François Paris, Exhibition view © photo Fr Fernandez

 

 

 

 

François Paris, Exhibition view © photo Fr Fernandez

 

 

 

 

 

Francois Paris, Nihilistics paradise, 2017
Pencil lead, charcoal on Arches paper
300 Gr with fringed edges,
57 x 77 cm