Artistic Practice Department
“In a society whose visual system is constructed on the basis of analog and digital images, painting is not just one more technique for reproducing the visual but a practice that questions the different ways in which the real is visible.
Despite the fact that our view of history is itself in perpetual movement, I believe that painters’ investigations have the status of acquired understanding. The history of the canvas is so old that the canvas has become an available locus, a space of stratified thoughts that are both specific and generic.
I take that space for what it is: a convention, a surface.
I work from ‘extracted’ forms. Though these forms came out of the world they are not representations of it, in the sense of a figuring, but rather schemata, syntheses of objects in the world — they are verifications. I use limited means — painting allows this. There isn’t much in the way of technical constraints.”
Sylvie Fanchon lives and works in Paris. Recent solo shows: Ronds-Points at the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Amiens, Fall 2007; Once again at the Espace Main Forte, March-April 2009; Donation Mario Prassinos (Summer) Galerie Jordan, Zurich, Fall 2009; les Caractères at Bernard Jordan, 2011.
Participation in recent collective exhibitions: in 2008, + de réalité, pratiques contemporaines de l’abstraction at the Hangar à Bananes, Nantes, and FRAC Ile-de-France, the Mac Val collection; in 2009: Ce qui demeure est le futur, Musée de Picardie, Amiens; in 2010: Elles, Centre Pompidou, Casanova, Musée de Serignan, and multiples, CREDAC; in 2011: nevermore, at the Musée du Mac Val, Vitry.
Fanchon’s artistic practice has been studied in two recent publications: Sylvie Fanchon, texts by Vincent Pécoil and Jean-Pierre Cometti (Éditions Analogue), and Ronds-Points, text and interview by Sylvie Couderc, Musée de Picardie, Amiens. Her works figure in a number of permanent public collections: MNAM-Centre Pompidou, the FNAC, the FRAC Île-de-France and the Musée de Picardie, Amiens.