Joël Andrianomearisoa – Art

Joël Andrianomearisoa, 'Black Paper', detail, 2014
Joël Andrianomearisoa, 'Black Paper', detail, 2014

Visual art

(Madagascar – France)

 

born in 1977 (Antananarivo)

lives and works in Paris, Magnat l'Étrange (in the center of France) and Antananarivo

 

 

Enriched with knowlegdges of Madagascar (fibers, silk or species of rare plants) and trained as architect at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture with Odile Decq, sensitive to all materials (fabric and paper to plastics), with dark atmospheres (black is the color reference), Joel Andrianomearisoa plays with all techniques: drawing, installation, performance, video, photography…

 

Many of his works involve human relationships where friendship, love, passion, hope as despair, nostalgia to the impossibility of being are staged without a priori nor other disuse. His work always expresses a form of fragility as an essential life force. As for example with the works 'Labyrinth of Passions' (Audemars Piguet Price - ARCO 2016) or 'De Profundis' (solo exhibition at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, 2015).

 

But Joel Andrianomearisoa also knows how to handle humor with 'Sentimental Products' where everyday objects are diverted by their titles or through their presentations. Ready-made like 'The Complex Variations in Love and Romance' shows a root node cellophane pouch, 'Sado Maso Party' is a bag of black clothespins,' Midnight-Minuit' a cut needle heel shoe in half, 'The Young and the Restless' a bundle of small pieces of wood or 'Triumphant Love' a black painted porcelain tureens.

 

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ALCHIMy

by Virginie Andriamirado

 

At first glance, seeing is lost, mislaid in the space of the artwork. One does not know to approach it, an imperceptible field open to fashion, architecture, photography and video. The art of Joël Andrianomearisoa is born from these hybrid exchanges. In his world, everything becomes material.

 

In 'L’Etrange” ( video 2007 ), Andrianomearisoa films nature in its slightest shivers. He reveals its strangeness without stating it, and delivers it to the eye like a first dawn. Nature fills the space and captures the emerging body-memory. Intrusively and secretely, he caresses and excavates the depths of the vegetative material. In the darkest hours of the night, his flames outline the present in black.

 

If it were necessary to find common strands in his work, time and the body would be his poetic vectors. 'The only thing that matters to me is to deal with time. And what frightens me most is never to be on time, to be outdated. My way of answering this challenge is to be permanently against the current,' he says. Andrianomearisoa’s work puzzles because it builds itself, against the flow of time, in movement, a back-and-forth between assertion and negation.To build or deconstruct, to dress or undress, to fill or empty, to wrinkle or fold, to light up or turn off-the artist is situated between these opposing forces that, according to him, combine rather than conflict. In these paradoxical connections, the works offer infinite propositions.

 

THE COLORS OF BLACK

 

Black, as a color, is the cornerstone of his work and is omnipresent in his process. Far from being monochromatic, Andrianomearisoa’s black is one and a thousand colors at the same time. The all-black choice is a permanent challenge that urges the artist to reinterpret and renew the color unceasingly. Depending on the material, composition and lighting angle, his blackness unfolds in endless nuance.

 

'For me it is a challenge. In every piece, i have to find various colors, different postures of black, says the artist. It is not only the color, but also an attitude that does not exclude the rest. It aims toward the universal. Black is amazing, disturbing, but it is present and makes sense everywhere.' Black can embody austerity and minimalism, but it gives the artist the freedom to deconstruct and disintegrate the structure of the work. Black gives him the freedom of exuberance.

 

 

THE FABRIC OF THE DREAMS

 

From the beginning, textiles have been recurrent elements of Andrianomearisoa’s work. As he extracts all their possibilities, he gives the materials a polyphony that becomes language, the language of a material that lets itself be split up, folded,creased or mixed. The variety and superposition of fabrics in his tapestries give them an architectural density that recalls stone. 'I like the flexibility of the fabric, which allows all the combinations through tying, weaving, cutting, matching. It carries a language that can go very far,' he says.

 

The recurrence of fabric may echo the lamba, the ubiquitous textile form of Madagascar. It is a garment in daytime and a blanket at night, and also a shroud to wrap the body. The way one wears the wrap, its material and its number of stripes indicate social position, age and origin.

 

“LA VIE DANS LES PLIS” * ( LIFE IN THE FOLDS )

 

Andrianomearisoa is always on the edges. He does not approach his work in a direct way, but places it at the edges of the desires of whomever discovers it. His work comes down to a question of posture. He listens to the pulses of life with more generosity than they are given, and finds a way to be present in the world dans le nu de la vie, 'in the nude of life'.**

Urban space is a primary interest as well. The noises, smells, images, lights and incessant movement that generate city life compose his universe without imprisoning him in a specific geographical space. His images take viewers to places even the artist does not expect to be. 'I need to be surprised by images. The situation has to be completely staggered. I do not consider myself as a photographer ; I am someone who makes images,' he says.

To compose a work, the artist needs a basic frame. Then the experiments begin, the manipulations that outline the project. 'The work arises from various manipulations that lead me to the final result. When I set up an installation, I do not imagine its finality. I know the elements that compose it, but in the intant I set them up I discover something else. And that is when the work makes sense,' Andrianomearisoa says.
His poetic virtuosity lies in his capacity to seize this moment of signification, when nobody can tell beginning from end.

 

by Virginie Andriamirado

critic, about the exhibition “Flow”, Studio Museum of Harlem, NY, April 2008

 

* “la vie dans les plis” (Life in the Folds) title of a collection of poems by Henry Michaux (1949, Gallimard Ed. Paris 1990)

** “Dans le nu de la vie” (In the Nude of Life) title of a novel by Jean Hatzfeld (Le Seuil Ed. Paris 2002)

 

 

LInkS
 

– Galerie RX, Paris / www.galerierx.com

– Sabrina Amrani, gallery, Madrid, Spain / www.sabrinaamrani.com
– Tyburn Gallery, London, UK / www.tyburngallery.com
– Magnin A galerie, Paris, France / www.magnin-a.com
– Primo Marella galleria, Milan, Spain / www.primomarellagallery.com

– Revue Noire, Paris / www.revuenoire.com

– Artist official site / www.joelandrianomearisoa.fr

– ‘Sentimental Products’ site / www.sentimentalproducts.com

– Site du IV Audemars Piguet Price, 2016 / www.thelabyrinthofpassions.com

 

 

BIOGRAPHy
 

SHOW / PERFORMANCE / PROJECTS

 

2016 /

IV AUDEMARS PIGUET PRIZE – ARCOMADRID 2016

DUBAI ART FAIR, March 2016, Sabrina Amrani Gallery

'COMME SUR DU PAPIER', group show, Frac Réunion, 20 february – May 2016, La Réunion

 

2013 /
Solo Exhibition 'Sentimental', Revue Noire Paris

exhibit 'Sur la Mauvaise pente', Galerie De Roussan (Paris) with Palais de Tokyo group exhibits 'Nouvelles Vagues'

'Sentimental Exchange', performence, Espace Littéraire Louis Vuitton, Paris

'L’Echappée belle', Grand Palais, Paris
Slick Art Brussels, Solo Slick Project

 

2012 /
'THE PROGRESS OF LOVE', MENIL COLLECTION . HOUSTON . USA
SLICK ART PARIS, SOLO SLICK PROJECT
'SERICUM GRAPHEIN' . GLASSBOX GALLERY . CURATED BY KAISERIN . PARIS . FRANCE

'21×29,7' . GALERIE DE ROUSSAN . PARIS . FRANCE

'WAITING FOR THE SEVENTH DAY THAT WILL BRING US TOGETHER' . JACK BELL GALLERY . LONDON . UK
'NEGOCIATIONS SENTIMENTALES', SLICK ART FAIR PARIS . REVUE NOIRE . PARIS . FRANCE

 

2011 /

MINIARTEXTIL 2011 . MILANO . COMO . ITALY
'EAT ME' . GOODMAN GALLERY . CAPE TOwN . SOUTH AFRICA
'AFRICA !' . GALERIE HUSSENOT . PARIS . FRANCE

'0621146952'  L’inlassable Galerie Paris France

'Le temps d’une rencontre ou pour toujours' Université du Tampon' La Reunion island

'En l’attente de l’aube qui nous surprendra aux rives du sommeil' / Nomad Gallery / Brussels art days / Brussels / Belgium

'Le temps d’une rencontre ou pour toujours' / Galerie Béatrice Binoche / Saint Denis / La Reunion island

'Hôtel des Rêves' / Hôtel du Louvre / Antananarivo / Madagascar

 

2010 /
'A PERFECT KIND OF LOVE' / GOODMAN GALLERY / JOHANNESBURG / SOUTH AFRICA

'A COLLECTIVE DIARY' / GROUP SHOW / Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art / TEL AVIV / ISRAEL
'OUT OF THE WALL' / GROUP SHOW / GUSTAVSBERGS KONSTHALL / STOCKHOLM / SWEDEN

 

2009 /
SPHERES 2009 / GROUP SHOW / GALLERIA CONTINUA / GOODMAN GALLERY / LE MOULIN / France
REGARD SPECIAL SUR LA TURQUIE / GROUP SHOW / ECOLE SPECIALE D’ARCHITECTURE / PARIS / FRANCE
8EME RENCONTRES DE BAMAKO / 8TH BAMAKO ENCOUNTERS / AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY BIENNAL / BAMAKO / MALI
ART BASEL 2009 / THE GOODMAN GALLERY
PANAF / GROUP SHOW / RELECTURES / ALGIERS / ALGERIE
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO BEGIN, I DON’T KNOW HOW IT WILL END / SOLO SHOW / AKSENT GALLERY / GENT / BELGIUM
JOBURG ART FAIR / JOHANNESBURG / SOUTH AFRICA
20 ANS ET ENCORE A LA MODE / GROUP SHOW / MUSÉE D’ART ET D’HISTOIRE / CHOLET / FRANCE
WORKSHOP / CONSERVATOIRE DES ARTS ET MULTIMEDIA / BAMAKO / MALI
AFRICA NOW ! / GROUP SHOW / WORLD BANK / WASHINGTON / USA

 

2008 /
UNE HISTOIRE / SOLO SHOW / CCAC / ANTANANARIVO / MADAGASCAR
REVUE NOIRE COLLECTION / GROUP SHOW / NAAC-ATELIER / NANTES / FRANCE
AFRICA NOW ! / GROUP SHOW / WORLD BANK / WASHINGTON / USA
FLOW / STUDIO MUSEUM HARLEM / NEW YORK / USA
QANTARA PROJECT / INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE / PARIS / FRANCE
BLACK PARIS – BLACK BRUSSELS / MUSÉE D’IXELLES / BRUSSELS / BELGIUM
CŒURS À VENDRE / GALERIE A PART / BAGNOLET / FRANCE
CHEZ ROSETTE / COLLABORATION WITH KETTLY NOËL / MONTPELLIER DANSE / LA VILLETTE  PARIS / GÖTEBORG DANCE FESTIVAL / MAISON DE LA DANSE LYON …
COVER BOOK FOR PAYOT EDITIONS / PARIS / France

 

2007 /
BLACK OUT / SOLO SHOW / GALERIE :MENTALKLINIK / ISTANBUL / TURKEY
30 ET PRESQUE-SONGES / SHOW CURATED BY JOËL ANDRIANOMEARISOA /?WITH : ODILE DECQ, PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU, HUGO GODART, ERIC VAN HOVE, VINCENT DUBOURG, BILI BIDJOCKA, INGRIDMWANGIROBERTHUTTER, KETTLY NOËL … ANTANANARIVO / MADAGASCAR
L’INVENTION DE LA MÉMOIRE / SAINT DENIS / REUNION ISLAND
I LOVE YOU POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE / ESPACE MICHEL SIMON / NOISY-LE-GRAND / FRANCE
AFRICA REMIX / JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY / SOUTH AFRICA
BIDIBIBOBIDIBOO / SHOW AND WORKSHOP / ECOLE DES BEAUX ARTS / LE PORT / REUNION ISLAND
GOOOOD FOOD BIS / MAISON DESCARTES / AMSTERDAM / NETHERLANDS
PARIS BLACK / MUSEUM DER WELTKULTUREN / FRANKFURT / GERMANY
PROPOS LIBRES / PERFORMANCE, VIDEO INSTALLATION / LA PASSERELLE / SAINT-BRIEUC / FRANCE
CORRESPONDANCES / SCENOGRAPHY / CHOREOGRAPHY BY KETTLY NOËL AND NELISIWE XABA / RENCONTRES CHOREGRAPHIQUES SEINE SAINT DENIS / PAVILLON NOIR …

 

2006 /
NOMADIC ARTIST / WESTERN DESERT / EGYPT
BIENNALE DU DESIGN / SAINT ETIENNE / FRANCE
WORKSHOP / MAISON DE LA CULTURE / N’DJAMENA / TCHAD
DRESSING THE CONTEMPORARY / PROGR / BERN / SWITZERLAND
AFRICA REMIX / MODERNA MUSSET / STOCKHOLM / SWEDEN
AFRICA REMIX / MORI ART MUSEUM / TOKYO / JAPAN
PARIS BLACK / IWALEWA HAUS / BAYREUTH / GERMANY
ARTISTS 4 LIFE / HÔTEL SALOMON DE ROTHSCHILD / PARIS / FRANCE
HABILLÉ / DÉSHABILLÉ / PERFORMANCE 6ÉME RENCONTRES CHORÉGRAPHIQUES DE L’AFRIQUE ET DE L’OCÉAN INDIEN / PARIS / FRANCE
BIENNALE DE LA HAVANE 2006 / HAVANA / CUBA
ARTISTS 4 LIFE / ART PARIS 06 / GRAND PALAIS / PARIS / FRANCE

 

2005 /
6E RENCONTRES AFRICAINE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE / PERFORMANCE / BAMAKO / MALI
FASHION IN MOTION / VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM / PERFORMANCE / LONDON / ENGLAND
AFRICA REMIX / CENTRE POMPIDOU / PARIS / FRANCE
AFRICA REMIX / HAYWARD GALLERY / LONDON / ENGLAND
PHOTOANA / BIENNALE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE / ANTANANARIVO / MADAGASCAR
ERRANCE / SCENOGRAPHY?CHOREOGRAPHY BY KETTLY NOËL, GÖTEBORG DANCE FESTIVAL / RENCONTRES CHOREGRAPHIQUES SEINE SAINT DENIS …

 

2004 /
BAR / SOLO SHOW / CCF / ANTANANARIVO / MADAGASCAR
AFRICA REMIX / MUSEUM KUNSTPALAST / DÜSSELDORF / GERMANY
DU BOSPHORE À LA MOINE, MUSÉE D’ART ET D’HISTOIRE, MUSÉE DU TEXTILE / CHOLET / FRANCE
BIR GECE (ONE NIGHT) / SOLO SHOW / TOPKAPI / MAÇKA GALERIE / GALERIE :MENTALKLINIK / INSTITUT FRANÇAIS D’ISTANBUL / ISTANBUL / TURKEY
LILLE 2004 / ROUBAIX PHARE TEXTILE / MUSÉE D’ART ET D’INDUSTRIE LA PISCINE / ROUBAIX / FRANCE

 

2003 /
PERFORMANCE / INSTITUT FRANÇAIS / ISTANBUL / TURKEY
PERFORMANCE / VIDÉO / ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE / PARIS / FRANCE
UNE PREMIÈRE / SOLO SHOW / CCF / CGM / VILLA VANILLE … / ANTANANARIVO / MADAGASCAR

 

2002 /
PERFORMANCE / NRW FORUM / DÜSSELDORF / GERMANY
FININ / TEXTILES DU MALI / SCENOGRAPHY / PAVILLON DES ARTS / PARIS / FRANCE

 

2001 /
ARCHICOUTURE / CHAPELLE DE LA SORBONNE / PARIS / FRANCE
SAND UND SEIDE / IFA / STUTTGART / GERMANY
HABILLÉ – DÉSHABILLÉ / PERFORMANCE / LE LIEU UNIQUE / NANTES / FRANCE
LES PLUS BELLES ROBES DU CINÉMA / SCENOGRAPHY / PAVILLON DES ARTS / PARIS / FRANCE

 

2000 /
PARIS POUR ESCALE / ARC MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS / PARIS / FRANCE
FUN FIVE FUN STORY / SHOW CURATED BY PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU / NEW SOUTH ART GALLERY / SYDNEY / AUSTRALIA

 

1999 /
NUIT BLANCHE POUR REVUE NOIRE / PERFORMANCE / MC2A MIGRATIONS CULTURELLES / BORDEAUX / France

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHIE
 

'SENTIMENTAL PRODUCTS' by JOËL ANDRIANOMEARISOA / REVUE NOIRE
'SENTIMENTAL' by JOËL ANDRIANOMEARISOA / REVUE NOIRE
'YOUNGER THAN JESUS' / ARTIST DIRECTORY / NEW MUSEUM / PHAIDON
'RENCONTRES DE BAMAKO' 2009 / CATALOGUE
CATALOGUE 'PANAF ALGIERS' / RELECTURES
'AFRICA NOW' / EMERGING ARTIST FROM A CONTINENT ON THE MOVE
'FLOW' / CATALOGUE / STUDIO MUSEUM HARLEM / APRIL 2008
'AFRICA REMIX' / CATALOGUES / KUNSTPALAST, DÜSSELDORF / HAYWARD GALLERY, LONDON / CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS / MORI ART MUSEUM, TOKYO / MODERNA MUSEET, STOCKHOLM / JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY / SOUTH AFRICA
'GOOOOD FOOD / GOOOOD FOOD BIS' / CATALOGUE?BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DE DESIGN ST ETIENNE 2006
'PARIS BLACK' / CATALOGUE
'BLACK PARIS' / BLACK BRUSSELS / CATALOGUE / 2008
'ONE MONTH OF LOVE' / ARTIST 4 LIFE?DESSINE L’ESPOIR
SPIKE MAGAZINE / WINTER 2006
HIGH FASHION / AUGUST 2006
BIENNALE DE LA HAVANE 2006 / CATALOGUE
ART ABSOLUMENT / MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2005
KUNSTFORUM / JANUARY 2005
303 / MAGAZINE / JANUARY 2005
BOSPHORE À LA MOINE / CATALOGUE
ROUBAIX PHARE TEXTILE, LILLE 2004 / CATALOGUE
'UNE PREMIÈRE JOËL ANDRIANOMEARISOA' / ÉDITIONS REVUE NOIRE / MONOGRAPHY / 2003
'SANS UND SEIDE' / CATALOGUE
'PARIS POUR ESCALE' / ARC MAM / CATALOGUE
'FUN FIVE FUN STORY' / CATALOGUE
REVUE NOIRE, N°26, N°27, N°31, N°35

 

 

Revue Noire books
about Joël Andrianomearisoa

 

Sentimental
Sentimental

 

Sentimental Products
Sentimental Products

 

30 and Almost-Dreams
30 and Almost-Dreams

 

 

 

Tableau de Mode
Tableau de Mode

 

Magazine RN26 Madagascar
Magazine RN26 Madagascar

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