Alexandre Joly

Born in 1977 - France


Alexandre Joly was born in 1977 in St. Julien Genevois, France. He lives and works in Geneva where he studied industrial design and fine arts. His work is internationally exhibited, presented in numerous galleries and art festivals. He is a teacher at the HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design) of Geneva.

Alexandre Joly works in an intuitive and experimental way, he develops a dense body of work that presents itself like successive discoveries of a laboratory where the forms and their innumerable possibilities proliferate. Loud or silent, Joly records an imaginary universe and evokes in his installations the strange and the marvellous, the macabre and the ludic. The practice of drawing accompanies his entire work.

The installations allow him to bring together a variety of his know-how and give him a great freedom to occupy a space. Furthermore working specifically for one space, in an in situ manner is always a new challenge and as very exciting to him. Alexandre Joly develops his work in connection to the creation of sound. Whether it’s about installed devices or performances, he explores the possible interactions between the material, the object and the sound; he thus elaborates a kaleidoscopic research, exhausting different configurations between the ways of the diffusion and reception of sound. He creates sonic objects and spaces, every intervention participates in the evolution of one singular imaginary landscape.

Joly loves physical sounds that become a material to sculpt a space or an object, either in a subtle, or in a radical way which one can apprehend with their entire body. Using sound reinforces his visual propositions, it puts them in tension. The notion of landscape is essential within Jolys work. The landscape appears like the aura of a piece, in the sense that the object that he presents is part of an imaginary landscape. This gymnastic of the mind operates in different ways from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from the technical to the natural.

The presence of nature and the animal world is also very important in Joly’s work, the best way to apprehend his exhibitions is often instinctive, tactile and spontaneous. He love to find himself in the middle of a landscape without a path, and walk freely from one point to another, it’s the image that he has of his work process, one idea influences a direction which produces in return new ideas. Thus, these comings and goings form a fabric, a network of links that grows bigger over time.

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Galerie Rosa Turetsky
Festival Mirage, Lyon
Festival Interstice, Caen

Soft Hypnosis, Le Bon Acceuil, Rennes
The Singing Of Mirrors, Abbey Brauweiler
California Sunshine, HeK@Keck Kiosk, Basel
Galerie Roemerapotheke, Zürich
Silent Movements, Kunsthaus Langenthal

Forum Vebikus, Schaffhausen
Galerie AroundSpace, Shanghaï
Disorder Territory, Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels

Drum Cage, Espace Kügler, Geneva
VOLTA, Galerie Roemerapotheke, New York
Trames, Villa Bernasconi, Festival Antigel, Grand-Lancy
Dérives Exotiques, Galerie Rosa Turetsky, Geneva
Galerie Roemerapotheke, Zürich

Galerie Kultur-able, Berlin
CIB (Chengdu Institut of Biology), Chengdu
Paysage transvasé, La Ferme-Asile, Sion

Le futur antérieur, Maternité de Geneva
Polyphonie animale, musée des beaux Arts du Locle
Galerie Roemerapotheke, Zürich

Good or ill will, Centre d’Art en Ile, Geneva FILIALE, Berlin
Escadrille 50S, Théâtre du Grütli, Geneva
Skins, I Sotterranei dell’ Arte, Monte Carasso
Wild duck twist, Galerie Pieceunic, Geneva
West is the best, showroom Thomas Dufour, Paris

Brrr…, MEG, Musée d’Ethnographie de Geneva
Absolute sine, Galerie France Fiction, Paris
Galerie Rosa Turetsky, Geneva

Le coup du lapin, Salle Grosnier, Palais de l’Athénée, Geneva
Source, festival Archipel, Geneva

SAS 9, le souffle du scaphandre, l’Arsenic, Lausanne

Volumes sonores, en collaboration avec Christian Gonzenbach, Tokonoma, Geneva


Lents Sourires Diffus, Centre d’Art de Lacoux, Lacoux
Bex & art, Bex
Triennale d’art en Valais, Fully
Art-Brussels, Galerie Valérie Bach, Bruxelles
Der helle Wahnsinn, Vögele Kultur Zentrum Päffikon
Holy Cow, Galerie Fresh Window, New York
La République, La Villa du Parc, Annemasse

The Spririt Of The Mountain, Manoir de Martigny, Martigny
Banana Split, Sonnenstube, Lugano
The Spririt Of The Mountain, Henan Art Museum, Zhengzhou
Vue sur le Rhône, Halle Nord, Geneva
Je hais les couples, Galerie Valérie Bach, Bruxelles
Obscure, Villa Renata, Basel
Impact, Galerie Sandra Recio, Geneva
Love Is Not In Control, curated by Vidya Gastaldon, NewJerseyy, Basel

Think Art - Act Science, Swiss artists-in-labs, The Leonardo, Salt Lake City
Musée d’Art de Pully, Pully
Art-Brussels, Galerie Valérie Bach, Bruxelles
Pièce unique, galerie Marion Meyer Contemporain, Paris
Chiasmus : Zones Of Political And Aesthetic Imagination,UAG, Los Angeles

Of Biirds And Wires, Shift Festival, Basel
3 heures 57 minutes, Nextex, St Gallen
Think Art - Act Science, Swiss artists-in-labs, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Bourses Lissignol, Berthoud, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
Rituel, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris
Think Art - Act Science, Swiss artists-in-labs, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelone

Shanshui - Both ways, Swiss artists-in-labs, ProgR, Bern
Art Basel/Miami Beach, galerie Römerapotheke, Miami
Espace Fernand Pouillon, Marseille
Natures mortes, Centre d’art contemporain / Passage, Troyes
Shanshui - Both ways, Swiss artists-in-labs, Galerie Around space, Shanghaï
Float over the mist, La dépendance, Rennes

Corps Sonore, Archizoom, EPFL, Lausanne
I am by Birth a Genevese, Galerie Vegas, Londre Galerie Forde, Geneva
As bright as the sun, Musée municipal de Faro, Art Algarve
Paradiso 13 canto, Isola Bella
Ceramusica, Fondation Brückner, Carouge

Ombres et lumières, Château de Nyon », Nyon
Comme des bêtes, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne

Unter 30, centre Pasquart, Bienne
Festival Arbres et Lumières, Geneva
Art en plein air, Môtier
Swiss Art Awards, Basel
Home, villa Bernasconi, Grand Lancy
Format paysage, centre d’art en île, Geneva
Fais ce qu’il te plait, La Parfumerie, Geneva
Le bruit des Ouches, Distinction Romande d’Architecture, Geneva

Unter 30, centre Pasquart, Bienne
Wireless, La Rada, Locarno
Swiss Art Awards, Basel
Plastish, galerie Römerapotheke, Zürich

Bourses Lissignol, Berthoud, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
Swiss Art Award, Basel

Bourses Lissignol, CAC, Geneva
Swiss Art Awards, Basel

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