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Christian Jaccard

1939 (Fontenay-sous-bois)
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Christian Jaccard : "As a student, I studied at the École des Beaux-Arts (1956-1960) and became interested in industrial waste and traces by impression. Engraver chromist in a typographic printing (1964-1975), this activity encourages me to explore processes of impregnation related to the manufacture of specific tools: Knots & Ligatures, Couples canvas / tool (1968-1973). I obliterate tied Canvases, counterfolded Canvases, burned Canvases. The tool makes the painting and the practice of combustions generates new sets: Anonymes calcinées, Trophées, Toiles brûlées (1977-1983). I stayed in Italy where Le Rouge émis was born (1984). In 1989 I developed the Brûlis and the Supranodal Concept during the 90s. I reside in Japan in 1994 at the Kujuyama villa. Often working outside during the 2000s in derelict places (industrial wastelands), the problematic of the painting is emancipated without denying its origins. The studio is a nomadic and ephemeral laboratory at each stopover..."

Since the 1970s, Christian Jaccard has been working with tools and cords that leave their mark on the support. At the same time, he explores the pictorial gesture of ignition, the appropriation of fire as another marking tool. The slow or lightning combustions are inspired by the ancestral practices of slash-and-burn cultivation, which consist in burning grass and forests to fertilise the soil. From 1977 to 1983, the practice of combustions gave rise to new ensembles: Anonymes calcinées, Trophées, Toiles brûlées... which opened up a new path. In 1984, his "Chemin de Cendres" joined land art, once again blurring the lines to avoid any classification. During a stay in Italy, the concept of "the emitted red" was born as a tribute to the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius. Fire and paint, diluting each other, constitute the subject of the polyptych which presents the subtle variations resulting from their meeting on the canvas. In the 2000s, with his outdoor works, in derelict places such as industrial wastelands, his relationship to the painting is emancipated without denying its origins, while his "Tableaux éphémères" are presented in the form of films.




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Christian Jaccard - EN ROUGE ET NOIR

07/02/2023 - 07/02/2023
In line with exhibitions re-evaluating milestone figures in contemporary art (Judit Reigl, Jean Le Gac, Peter Klasen, ...), the Espace Art Absolument presents a re-reading of Christian Jaccard's work based on the chromatic relationship IN RED AND BLACK. Bringing together some twenty works from 1973 to 2020, the exhibition takes a retrospective turn, with an emphasis on his work with fire. Film director : Benoit Gaboriaud
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Artist's exhibitions


Christian Jaccard. Lafoliemericourt.

14/07/2022 - 15/08/2022
(Chaudes-Aigues) Chapelle des Pénitents

IN SITU - Patrimoine et art contemporain

17/06/2017 - 17/09/2017
(Narbonne) La Région Occitanie, Pyrénées-Méditerranée

Passages : vers une abstraction habitée

07/02/2016 - 29/05/2016
( Les Sables d'Olonne) MASC - Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte- Croix

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Biennale de Melle 2015. Jardiniers terrestres, Jardiniers célestes

04/07/2015 - 27/09/2015
(Melle) Biennale Internationale d'art contemporain de Melle

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