Jacques Julien - color me, 2016
Knock knock, spirit are you there? A wave of magic wand and the objects drawn by the sculptor Jacques Julien come to life, building a pyramid, forming puppets and turning themselves in every possible direction. Fortified by their perfectly assured artistic sensibility, they come together and split apart, balancing precariously or as stable as a well oiled machine, a mechanical ballet or mayhem on the move. Difference and repetition, repetition and difference, over and over, until the final tumble, crash, bang, wallop!
Jacques' album starts as a construction kit, continues as a gallery of caricatures and ends up in the form of a coloring book. No time to lose! Let's get down to work!
Jacques Julien was born in 1967 in Lons-le-Saunier and lives and works between Montdidier (France) and Paris, where he teaches at the École nationale supérieure d'architecture. Julien chose to practice fine art by chance; he might just as well have chosen to be a punk musician (He really did form the group SPLITt with the artists Dominique Figarella and Hugues Reip). He quickly gave up painting and started to work in video and sculpture. His assemblies are put together with objects and ideas from the world of sport (basketball hoops, pitches, ping-pong tables?) and amusingly play with scale, colours and shapes inherited from modernism. The Sète CRAC exhibited his work in 2014 and he held exhibitions at the Domaine de Chamarande in 2011 and the Chapelle du Genêteil in 2012. His warks feature in the collections of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Franche-Comté and PACA FRACs.