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Patrick Cornillet

Born in 1968 - France

BIOGRAPHY

The recent paintings of French artist PATRICK CORNILLET feature austere constructionsin empty environments. Places in a non-space, fragments of an enigmatic architecture that has been left in suspense by its visitors. Reminding us of a video game, these paintings try to make the spectator follow their complex structures in search of an exit. But there is no exit; in reality there is no more entry either. The spectator is caught in the trap of an illusory space.

Words such as 'severe' and 'naked' come to mind when one sees PATRICK CORNILLET's latest works. As in his previous work, a feeling of movement is perceived in these structures that seem static at a first glance. Their mass contrasts with the immaterial space surrounding them, and as in a dream caused by fever, the viewer can't seem to realize what the proportions of the structures are, and can't make an idea about their dimensions either.

The viewer struggles to give meaning to the concrete structures; some images suggest architectural structures, although it is difficult to imagine what sort of building they might have supported. This sensation, both familiar and strange, strengthens the feeling of alienation one has when confronted to the works. Balancing between the two, these images evoke the ruins of a fallen society or perhaps the threatening vision of a near future. They stand naked, as fragmented skeletons, deprived of their initial content but they keep their special mystique intact.

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EXHIBITIONS

EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES

2013
"Passe de 2", Galerie Bertrand Gillig (France)

2012
"Un peu d’Espace(s)" en duo avec Marjolein Van Haasteren - Bertrand Gillig (France)

2011
Galerie le Rayon Vert, Nantes (France)

2009
Art à la pointe, chapelle de la Trinité, Plozévet (France)
2008
Galerie petit Maroc, Saint-Nazaire (France)
Antres, galerie Susan Nielsen, Paris (France)

2006
Disparitions/forsvindinger, galerie Birthe Laursen, Copenhague

2005
Traversées, galerie Birthe Laursen, Paris (France)

2003
Muséum d’histoires naturelles, Nantes ?

2002
Art(s) plastique(s)/le (la) plastique, centre culturel Jean Boucher, Cesson-Sévigné (France)

2001
Galerie le rayon vert, Nantes (France)
Galerie Birthe Laursen, Paris (France)

1999
Hommes et bêtes, galerie le rayon vert, Nantes (France)
Centre culturel ONYX, Saint-Herblain (France)


EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

2013
Slick Bruxelles, Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain avec la Galerie Bertrand Gillig (France)

2012
59, rue de Rivoli, Paris, avec la Galerie Bertrand Gillig (France)
Lineart, Gand, Foire d’art contemporain, avec Galerie Absolute (Belgique)
Art, Knokke, (Belgique)
St-Art, Foire internationale d’art contemporain (France)
Art Paris, Grand Palais, avec la Galerie Bertrand Gillig (France)

2011
Scope Miami (USA) avec la Galerie Waterhouse & Dodd, Londres (UK)
Lineart, Gand, Foire d’art contemporain, avec Galerie Absolute (Belgique)
Art, Knokke, (Belgique)
Galerie Absolute Art, Knokke, (Belgique)
St-Art, Foire internationale d’art contemporain, (Strasbourg)
Docks Art Fair Lyon (France)
« Passe de trois » Galerie Bertrand Gillig, Strasbourg, (France)
Scope Basel International Art-Fair, Basel (Suisse)

2010
Grands formats, L’Atelier, Ville de Nantes en collaboration avec les amis du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (France)
Foire internationale d’art contemporain St’Art (France)
« Passe de quatre » à la Galerie Espace G (France)

2009
Salon Slick Paris avec la Galerie Espace G, Strasbourg (France)
« Construction.Déconstruction , édition 2», Gal. Espace G, Strasbourg (France)
Domestic affairs, galerie Susan Nielsen, Paris (France)

2008
Breathing space, galerie Susan Nielsen, Paris (France)

2006
Art fair Copenhagen (Danemark)

2005
Le clou, le lieu unique, Nantes (France)
Art fair Copenhagen (Danemark)
Copenhague Instantané VI - distanced, galerie Birthe Laursen, Paris (France)
Maison 18ème/artistes 21ème, hôtel du département, Nantes (France)
2004
Instantané II - visions, galerie Birthe Laursen, Paris (France)
2003
3 x 3 x 3, galerie le rayon vert, Nantes (France)
Instantané I - space, galerie Birthe Laursen, Paris (France)
Animal et territoire, jardin du Luxembourg, Paris (France)
Muséum national d’histoires naturelles, Paris (France)
2001
Galerie le rayon vert, Nantes (France)

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