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Marc Gerenton

Born in 1961 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Marc Gerenton isn't into any discourse, staging, or desire to persuade or seduce us, he is just presenting things... The artist opens to us a world of forms that express things better than words would the frenzy of the being, its precariousness and a sort of "buffoonery" inherent to existence and to culture.

Between proposals and challenges, Marc Gerenton puts himself in the situation of having to find the things that would occupy the space in tension between two points, in the dizzying hollow of an existence to be found: between the foot and the hand, childhood and reason, and perhaps even between birth to death. He challenges himself to solve this tension, to make the gap become a possibility for being, as a time to be found in the "in between" state of an action that he sets up in space in his sculptures and drawings. There is a human element and an aesthetic one about all this, without ruling out the plurality of the questions he faces, ranging from the technical to the political.

Marc Gerenton's wire sculptures exacerbate the monumental and at the same time precarious presence of these figures suggested through the torsion of the wrought iron bars, a presence that is enhanced by the feet and hands made of resin or bronze.

Marc Gerenton also produces drawings, and drawing has an important place in his practice, even if he is known better for his sculptures than for his drawings. Drawing expresses his artistic research : How to go from one point to another and create the form from the ink? How to play with the media, the surface, with writing, with the subject, and to generate forms or make them interact? Marc Gerenton accepts, for this purpose, to mix sources, techniques, and to provoke the desire of his stroke in order to avoid the usual inflections. Everything is calculated in his work.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2011
Marc Gerenton à l'ACB, scène nationale, Bar-Le-Duc (France)

2010
"Marc Gerenton", Galerie Marie-José Degrelle, Reims (France)
"Extensions", Mairie du 10e arrondissement, Paris (France)
Galerie du Chevalet, Noyon (France)

2009
“Poétic spams et livres objets”, Médiathèque de Cernay (France)
"Le pied, la main, le point, la ligne", Association Prisme, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Reims (France)
"Poétic spam", Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Creil (France)

2008
Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Beauvais (France)

2007
Centre d’Art et de Littérature, L’Echelle (France)
Galerie du Collège de Bogny-sur-Meuse (France)
Installation de sculptures sur la Meuse, Ville de Fumay (France)
Bibliothèque Universitaire, Campus Amiens (France)

2006
Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris (France)
La Briqueterie, Amiens (France)
Galerie du Collège de Noyon (France)
Commande publique 1%, Pépinière d'entreprises de Vervins (France)

2005
Musée Antoine Vivenel, Compiègne (France)

2004
La Briqueterie, Amiens (France)
Galerie L'usage du monde, Saint-Valérie-sur-Somme (France)

2003
Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris (France)

2002
Espace Châteauneuf, Tours (France)
"Télescopage", Galerie du Collège de Ploec-sur-Lié (France)

2001
Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris (France)
Cloître de l’Hôtel Dieu, Noyon (France)

2000
Galerie Blanche, Paris (France)
Les Mangeurs d'astres, Blérancourt (France)

1998
"Impact", Galerie du grand Wazou, Amiens (France)
Galerie de la Cité scolaire de Noyon (France)

1997
Centre d’Art et de Littérature Hôtel Beury, l’Echelle (France)
"Les pieds," Maison des Arts et Loisirs, Laon (France)

1996
"Indices", Résidence Quartier Vermant, exposition à la Bibliothèque municipale, Saint-Quentin (France)

1994
Espace Culturel François Mitterrand, Beauvais (France)
Galerie du Collège J. Cartier, Chauny (France)

1993
Galerie Moltkerei Werkstaat, Cologne (Germany)

1992
Galerie Lubie, Amiens (France)

1991
Chapelle Saint Martin du Méjan, Arles (France)
Hôtel Dieu, Laon (France)

1990
Maison de la Culture, Amiens (France)
Institut Français, Cologne (Germany)
Galerie Wacksfabrick, Cologne (Germany)

1989
Ravin de l'Ours, La Neuville aux Haies (France)
Hommage à Bram Van Veld, Centre Culturel de Compiègne (France)
L'Ymagier, Tracy-le Mont (France)

1988
Centre Culturel de Noyon (France)
Eckhaus, Hennef (Germany)

1987
Musée Arthur Rimbaud, Charleville-Mézières (France)
Centre Culturel de Noyon (France)
Marc Gerenton, Saint Léonard de Noblat (France)

1986
Vassens (France)
"Carnet de voyage à Berlin", Centre Culturel de Noyon (France)

1985
Bourse de l'OFAJ, séjour à Berlin (Germany)


GROUP SHOWS

2011
" Ils reviennent, ils arrivent", Galerie Marie-José Degrelle, Reims (France)
"Incantation au feu des origines", Alliance Française, Port-Villa (Vanuatu)
"RENDEZ VOUS", Domaine de Saint Hilaire, Val de Loire (France)

2010
Vidéo capitale 2010, Villersexel (France)
"Trois", Galerie Neunzig, Kiel (Germany)
"Juste des livres", Musée départemental de l'Oise, Beauvais (France)
"Tenir, debout", Musée des beaux arts de Valenciennes (France)
TRIPTYQUE, Art Contemporain Angers (France)

2009
Artistes en lumière, Charleville-Mézières (France)
"Juste des livres", musée départemental de l'Oise, Beauvais (France)
Printemps de la Sculpture, Centre culturel de Chantilly (France)
"A toute vapeur", Parcours d'art contemporain, La Fête de l'Eau, Wattwiller (France)
"La poudre aux yeux", La poudrière, Laon (France)
CUTLOG, Foire d'art contemporain, Paris (France)

2008
Symposium international de sculpture, Bad Schlema (Germany)
"25 ans, Tous Passagers", CRNA Est, Reims (France)
Dessin Contemporain, Espace Nouveau Vallon, Chêne-bougeries (Switzerland)
Skulpturengarten, Sonnenwald (Germany)
"Maître et démettre", Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris (France)
Simposio International de Escultura, Odémira (Portugal)

2007
"Connexions", Le Mée-sur-Seine (France)
"Icônes", galerie Suty, Bordeaux (France)
Foire européenne d'art contemporain de Strasbourg (France)
"Petits formats entre amis", galerie Suty, Coye-la-Foret (France)
"Noir et blanc", Métaluachahuter, Loos (France)
Espace Saint Jacques, Artothèque Arènes, Saint-Quentin (France)

2006
Artsénat, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris (France)
Triennale de Poznan (Poland)

2005
"Voyager IV", Brighton (UK)
Invitation d'artistes, Conseil Régional de Picardie, Atelier Blérancourt (France)

2003
"Artistes en Picardie, 2 temps 5 mouvements", Conseil Régional de Picardie, Aisne, Oise, Somme (France)
Kunst im Weinberg (Germany)

2002
Marée Autre, Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme (France)

2001
"La peinture vient en mangeant", Centre d’Art et de Littérature Hôtel Beury, l’Echelle (France)
Le Clac, Verderonne (France)

2000
"1/2000", Galarco, Chauny (France)

1999
Bufflier, Gerenton, Monfleur, Sanhes, Sculptures, Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris (France)

1998
"Aller-retour", Bonn, Saarbrücken, Kiel (Germany)
"Là ou d'autres", Eglise Notre Dame, Montataire (France)

1997
"Confrontations", Nicolas Alquin, Dominique Bailly, Michel Bérard, Nathalie Elemento, Marc Gerenton Bernard Pagés, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Abbaye Saint-Léger, Soissons (France)

1996
"Dessins exquis", ESAD, Amiens (France)
Biénale de sculpture d'Yssy-les-Moulineaux (France)
"Apparte", Reims (France)

1995
Foire de Cologne (Germany)
"Les douze coups", Traçy le Mont (France)

1994
"Rencontres", Pacrac (Croatia)

1993
MCL Gauchy (France)
Exposition hommage à Jean-Marie Le Sidaner à Charleville-Mézières (France)

1992
Résonances, Chapelle des Visitandines, Amiens (France)
L'Ymagier, Tracy-Le-Mont (France)
Biennale sud 92 sculpture, Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)
Soissons cartonne, Abbaye Saint-Jean des Vignes, Soissons (France)

1991
Centre Culturel de Chauny (France)
Symposium de sculpture de Besse (France)

1990
Wachsfabrik, Cologne (Germany)
ARP, Reims (France)
"EIGHTY", exposition itinérante de la revue EIGHTY, Paris, Lorient, Saintes, Caen, Nîmes, Metz (France)
L'Ymagier, Centre Culturel de Compiègne (France)
Pierre Druesne, Marc Gerenton, Romain Pellas, "Transforment, détournent, utilisent, MCL Gauchy (France)

1989
L'usine, Reims (France)
Méteors, Palais de justice de Saint-Quentin (France)
Jeunes créateurs dans la Ville, Rochefort (France)
Espaces éclatés, Trith-Saint-Léger (France)
L'Ymagier, Tracy-le-Mont (France)

1988
Jeune Sculpture, Paris (France)
Artzimut, Cherbourg (France)
Collège Briand, Charleville-Mézières (France)
Météors, Palais de justice de Saint-Quentin (France)
Jeunes créateurs dans la Ville, Rochefort (France)
Dehors Dedans, Reims (France)
"10=DIX", Centre Culturel de Compiègne, Maison de la culture d'Amiens (France)
"45/8", Reims (France)

1987
"Confrontation", Institut Français de Stuttgart (Germany)
Fondation Danae, Pouilly (France)
Jeunes créateurs dans la Ville, Rochefort (France)

1986
Grands Formats, Epernay (France)
Symposium Wasser, Iles de Sylt (Germany)
Symposium A VA LA, Monthermé (France)

1985
"Korrespondenzen", Galerie Falazig, Neuenkirchen (Germany)

1984
"Ombres et parapluies", ARP, Reims (France)

1983
"Identités et Technologies", Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Reims (France)

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