°1956, Sint-Truiden (BE) - lives and works in Brussels (BE)
Michel François is a conceptual artist and makes sculptures, videos, photographs, printed matter, paintings and installations. He claims no signature style but creates a web of shifting connections between his works and in each different exhibition. The titles of his solo exhibitions often point to his interest in contemporary reality, offices, domestic environments, surveillance, psychology and the police state. To cite just a few: State of Being, Urban Placarding, Expanded Bureau, Déjà vu, Theatre of Operations and Pieces of Evidence.
The meanings in his works accumulate over time and vary according to their disposition in space, or the context. In a manner similar to that of the Arte Povera artists, François uses a great economy of means to transform seemingly uncomplicated objects and materials, or traces of past events, into deeply resonant carriers of meaning. His work can be seen as an exploration of cause and effect, and the ways in which simple gestures can change the status of an object or have important consequences. A number of recent sculptural works, without immediately revealing their origins or the way they were made, invite the viewer to consider the degree to which the hand of the artist, or chance, played a role in their formation.
(Courtesy of Xavier Hufkens)
Michel François – Retenue d'eau (Retained Water), 2018
Michel François – Agave, 1998-2000
Michel Francois - Psycho Jardin, installation view at S.M.A.K., Ghent in 2010
Michel François – Golden Cage, 2008
Michel François – Untitled, Bronze, Newspaper, 2006
Michel François – Nineteen Thousand Posters. 1994-2016, exhibition view at Frac île-de-France, le Château, Rentilly in 2016
Michel Francois - Affiche Cactus, 1997
Solo exhibitions by Michel François took place at museums across the world, including Frac île-de-France, Rentilly; Middelheim Museum, Antwerp; IAC, Villeurbanne; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; S.M.A.K., Ghent; CRAC, Sète; De Pont, Tilburg; and Haus der Kunst, München. He represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale with Ann Veronica Janssens in 1999 and his work was included in Documenta 9, Kassel.
Michel François is represented by the following galleries;
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