Jade Fourès-Varnier

Jacent Varoym “Legacy” at Lokal–Int, Biel, 2014
Exhibition view

Jacent Varoym “3rd mind myth” at Tonus, Paris, 2014
Exhibition view

b. 1984
Lives and works in Paris
4 rue de la Procession
75015 Paris
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“Bright light city gonna set my soul
Gonna set my soul on fire
Viva Las Vegas with you neon flashin
And your one armbandits crashin
All those hopes down the drain”

At the steering wheel of an Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Convertible, the car radio spurts Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley. Jade Fourès-Varnier’s architected glasses stuck to his nose, going towards the city of sin we note the roadside architecture and are present as a distant, remote and impotent spectator at the world’s peril.
This is neither the Aladdin nor Caesar’s Palace, these are the rejects – bedsteads, rattan seats, spools of colourful thread – sifted, found around the world then stocked irretrievably without anything happening until, from these accumulated substrates, rosary beads, rods, and mouldings which join together as pediments and parapets. The exuberance of ornamentation, the change of scale, the artificiality of the materials, the juxtaposition of contradictory styles ultimately evoke the postmodernist logical of the “decorated hangar” of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown quite well.
Unlike the happy naïveté of the artificial constructions of Las Vegas built by gangsters who had become rich during the War – people without education and therefore without anxiety as Tom Wolfe described them – Jade’s architectures serve as a casket for a nervous nature.
The natural disasters that are represented are not cinematographic, they are latent. The recklessness of the tourist trapped behind his pretentious squares prevents him from being an actor and confines him, confines us, to voyeurism. We are present at the catastrophe which populations are incapable of anticipating. We do not give a damn, we escape from it… Or not… Sometimes nature decimates you, bruises you and marks you.
These amateur images are the witnesses of events that are effectively experienced intimately, experienced and captured by an individual. Forget the romance of elements and the ecstatic beauty of preserved nature: Jade’s work dares to show you the various forms of cruelty that nature inflicts on us, which finally nobody dares take on. The kindness of the golden which adorns dermis, crusts, burns, scars is only there to “sweeten the pill.”
Jade Fourès-Varnier as a craftsman takes very particular care of details, the beauty of handmade work, but the honest joy of the artist’s work and the decorative nature of the result obtained do not completely mask the underlying anxiety of these depictions.
In this sense, his work is truly Pop, but here it is the third act of this movement, that of the end of the sixties that the English artist Gerald Laing describes thus: “For me, the decade has the structure of a tragedy: the optimism of the first two or three years, followed by the hubris of radical politics, sexual liberty, drugs and moral relativism, finally the Nemesis of dislocation and illness.”

Text Étienne Gatti

Shelter ~°~ Behind ~°~ That ~°~ Shutter, 2014
Exhibition views

Persiennes, 2014
Rock wool, metallic handles
120 x 60 cm (x6)

Moonclock, 2014
Metal, polyester resin, gouache
Ø 38 cm

Shelter ~°~ Behind ~°~ That ~°~ Shutter (feat. Vincent de Hoÿm), 2014
Polyester resin, natural pigments, paper, acrylic
152 x 103 cm

Untitled, 2014
Polyester resin, watercolor, gouache, pigments, acrylic, pearl, plaster
Variable dimensions

Antique Display Rack, 2014
Mixed media
190 x 50 x 50 cm

Eldorado, 2014
Wood, plaster, mother-of-pearl, watercolor, gouache, pigments, plexiglas, resin polyester, mixed media
200 x 150 x 8 cm

Fragments, 2014
Molded fiber of resin, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pigments
Variable dimensions

Fragments (triptych), 2014
Molded fiber of resin, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pigments, resin polyester
Variable dimensions

Survival blanket I, 2014
Mixed media
190 x 100 x 10 cm

Firework Parrots, 2014
Mixed media
80 x 45 x 45 cm

CCC Pillar, 2014
Polyester resin, pigments, acrylic, matt varnish
Variable dimensions

What does she hide behind those Antique and floral shutters?
Behind the reflect of her giant sunglasses?
Behind her brutal drawings, her fragments of love and stone?

Shiny straws on the ceiling act
Reminds us a teenager party
But we guess this is just an artefact
To hide a deep deep injury.

Blue Lagoon, archeological wild shelter
Across the louvered shutter
We catch a glimpse of Shangri-La
Welcome to Babylon, lets drink sangria.

Blackmoon, 2013
Wood, plywood, tin, plastic, acrylic paint, enamel, inkjet prints, plexiglas
162 x 63 x 7 cm

Sanba (Wood), 2013
Wood, OSB wood, aluminium, metal, acrylic paint, watercolours, felt-pen, enamel, inkjet prints, plexiglas
180 x 87 x 7 cm

Oman, 2013
Wood, mirror, rubber, plastic, acrylic paint, inkjet prints, plexiglas
177 x 92 x 5,5 cm

Sanba (Heart), 2013
Wood, polystyrene, polyester resin, acrylic paint, inkjet prints, plexiglas
192 x 90 x 13,5 cm

Collect, Cast ’n Crack, 2013
Polyester resin, pigments
Serie of 48, variable dimensions

Studio view

Salon de Montrouge 2013

Beyond The Glass Journal, 2013
Edited on the occasion of the 58th Salon de Montrouge
28,8 x 38 cm, 8 pp., 1000 copies, Offset print
Layout Vincent de Hoÿm, Text Étienne Gatti

Into The Space, 2012
Rattan, wood, leather, felt-pen, acrylic paint, enamel, inkjet prints, plexiglas
190 x 104 x 5 cm

Malaysia Hills, 2011
Wood, polyester resin, watercolours, polystyrene, acrylic paint, metal, inkjet prints, plexiglas
200 x 90 x 14 cm

Pinatubo I, 2012
Wood, tin, metal, watercolours, acrylic, felt-pen, enamel, inkjet prints, plexiglas
175 x 74 x 6 cm

Lolita, 2012
Wood, polystyrene, spray paint, enamel, inkjet prints, plexiglas
190 x 84 x 11 cm

Eye Of The Tiger, 2012
Wood, polystyrene, spray paint, aluminium, polyester resin, inkjet prints, plexiglas
195 x 68 x 15 cm

Tungurahua, 2012
Wood, plywood, acrylic paint, enamel, metal, inkjet prints, plexiglas
216 x 76 x 8 cm

L.A. Highway, 2012
Wood, polystyrene, tin, nails, acrylic paints, polyester resin, inkjet prints, plexiglas
200 x 74 x 11 cm

Pinatubo II, 2012
Wood, polystyrene, spray paint, acrylic paint, enamel, aluminium, metal, inkjet prints, plexiglas
210 x 85 x 16 cm

Los Alfaques, 2011
Wood, polyester resin, watercolours, polystyrene, acrylic paint, inkjet prints, plexiglas, steel
182 x 100 x 10 cm

Kim Jong-il, 2011
Wood, plywood, polystyrene, polyester resin, acrylic paint, watercolours, felt-pen, aluminium, metal, inkjet prints, plexiglas
200 x 100 x 8 cm

Roche III
2011, Marble, polyester resin, acrylic paint, pigments
120 x 56 x 32 cm

2010/12 (Multiple), Painted ready-mades
Variable dimensions

Roche I, 2011
Polystyrene, plastiroc, stool
65 x 80 x 118 cm

Roche II, 2011
Polystyrene, plastiroc
75 x 65 x 70 cm

Dermes, 2011
Wood, moulded tin, plastiroc, enamel
29,5 x 43,5 cm / 26,5 x 39,5 cm

Stegosaurus, 2011
Plastiroc, watercolours, polyester resin, wood case, trestle
54 x 225 x 148 cm

Greek Fantasy, 2011
Felt-pen on papaer
Serie of 9, 15 x 21 cm

WaWatermelon, 2011
Workshop by night

Œuvres récentes, 2011
Extract from the exhibition journal, 200 copies, numbered and signed by the artists

Skull (Hockey Head), 2011
Wood, cardboard, foam, mirror, aluminium, plastic, polystyrene, PVC, oil painting
170 x 110 x 295 cm

Le Tigre, 2010
Polystyrene, PVC, plaster, black screws, wood, concrete, epoxy resin, mirror, steel
370 x 250 x 180 cm

Œuvres récentes, Exhibition view

Roches & Poneys, 2011
Digital print on canvas sheet
400 x 290 cm

Studio view
(photograph Sébastien Planas)


* Solo

Shelter ~°~ Behind ~°~ That ~°~ Shutter
Galerie Mathilde C.
26 April — 28 May 2014

Safari Blanc
Atelier J.F.V.
4 — 20 Feb. 2010

* Duo

Jacent Varoym “Legacy”
Biel (CH)
16 — 23 Feb. 2014

Jacent Varoym “3rd mind myth”
14 June — 16 July 2014

* Group

EDENunlimited tbc.tbc
Off ABC Art Fair
20 — 27 Sept. 2014

Le Chiringuito
Torreilles Plage
8 Sept. 2014

Parcours Saint-Germain
The Space
17 — 27 Oct. 2013

Lâchés dans la nature
Espace culturel Condorcet
5 Oct. — 9 Nov. 2013

58e Salon de Montrouge
Le Beffroi
15 May — 12 June 2013

All Senses
Tokyo Art Club, Palais de Tokyo
29 June 2012

2011: Another Odyssey
Rendez-vous sauvage™
Mobile gallery
20 — 23 Oct. 2011

Œuvres récentes
Atelier J.F.V.
16 June — 7 July 2011

Banana Spleen
Galerie Voskel
28 Aug. — 2 Oct. 2010

On Air
Rendez-vous sauvage™
Mobile gallery
23 — 26 Apr. 2009

1, 2, 3 GO !
Rendez-vous sauvage™
Mobile gallery
23 — 27 Oct. 2008

See also:
Rendez-vous sauvage

Mwat Mwat
Gallimard Jeunesse

Photographs: Jules Le Barazer, Arman Molavi, Marie de Lombardon, Jade Fourès-Varnier
Website: Vincent de Hoÿm

© Jade Fourès-Varnier 2008 — 2013