Huelgoat. Between Nature and technology, an art difficult to define


The silent transformations is an exhibition bringing together the artists Sylvain LeCorreand the duo Julie Bonnaud and Fabien Leplae, whose environmental concerns overlap. Works that challenge the distinction between the fruits of nature and those of human effort will thus be exhibited at the contemporary art space. Meanders to Huelgoat (29). An event visible from May 14 to September 4, 2022, the opening of which will take place this Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

In 2021, the three artists Sylvain LeCorre, Julie Bonnaud as well as Fabien Leplae have been awarded a creation grant by the Meandres contemporary art center. Attentive to their approaches and their common challenges, the latter now offers them to exhibit together under the title The silent transformationsfrom May 14 to September 4, 2022.

© Julie Bonnaud and Fabien Leplae

Since Antiquity, the debate on the distinction between nature and culture, man and animal, has always raged among Western philosophers. While some make it a point of honor to dissociate them, the evolution of the debate tends to qualify, to relativize this division. For our exhibited artists, it is a question, if not of suppressing this opposition, at least of exploring cross roads. Between laboratory and garden, their studio serves as a place of experimentation where they imagine how to “draw like a nettle” or move like a forest. Plants, rocks and waterways then become the main actors in stories between myths and philosophies where ecological concerns are never far away.

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© Julie Bonnaud and Fabien Leplae

To understand this nature, Sylvain LeCorre does well in its own way. He goes for a walk. Never very far. And not necessarily in picturesque places. It can start in a garden, a path along the coast or a wood between two housing estates. It is in this “little countryside”, according to his expression, that he comes across fragments from nature that fascinate him. Notes, photos, drawings, reading records, in short, everything that makes up the beginning of his stories follow one another. Returning from his expedition, the artist assembles all these sensations in the form of a universe that he recreates. A mixture that allows him to reinvent worlds.

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© Sylvain LeCorre

Echoing these works, those of Julie Bonnaud and Fabien Leplae link new technologies and horticulture. In their experimental greenhouse-like studio, where plants and drawings reside jumbled together, the pair of artists create form-generating devices. Like drawbots, these tracers which reproduce on paper drawings executed on a computer, with which they interfere manually. Revolving around hybridization, they create installations in this way where the real and the artificial interact and question the relationships that art, nature and the machine can maintain.

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© Julie Bonnaud and Fabien Leplae

In addition to the gourmet opening of the exhibition scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday May 13, the art space Meanders also gives you an appointment for two convivial evenings. Starting with Friday, July 22, where the collective of digital creators mile squaredfounded by Alexandre Berthaud and Bruno Kerverncomes to perform Phonotonsa concert improvised by robotic instruments. Julie Bonnaud and Fabien Leplae will be there, but if you wish to meet Sylvain LeCorre, you will have to come on Friday August 12th. On this occasion, the actress Sophie Hoarau will come and read poetic texts related to the exhibited works in public. Finally, poetic writing workshops in partnership with the group Writings & collagesanimated by the Breton artist Irviare also on the program.

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© Sylvain LeCorre

The story of Meanders is inseparable from that of the collective of Breton artists who gave it life in 2018, and packs. This association makes the art center a place of exhibitions, support for artists, also housing workshops available to them, allowing creations, editions and reflections both in the field of visual arts and in that of literature.

USEFUL INFORMATION

The exhibition The silent transformations is visible from May 14 to September 4, 2022to Meandres contemporary art center – 27 rue du Pouly, 29690 Huelgoat.

Open from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays from May to June; every day except Tuesdays, from July to September.

FREE ENTRANCE.

Tel: 09 84 46 88 89

Email address: [email protected]

Internet address: http://www.meandres.art/

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