Annexes & Digressions 3 — Dominique De Beir


Mixed media

Annexes & Digressions 3
Dominique De Beir

Past: February 21 → April 13, 2019

For her second solo show at Galerie Jean Fournier Dominique De Beir is offering Annexes et Digressions 3 / Additions and Digressions 3, a stage in a series of five exhibitions designed as five chapters and unfolding between October 2018 and December 2019.

“Chapters” because this series revolves around the bookwork, and in particular her monograph of September 2016, which for her was the trigger for Annexes et Digressions: “A gathering together of 25 years of experimentation published by Éditions Hermann in Paris. Meticulous chronology and the quality of its texts and illustrations make the monograph a rewarding, truly precious object. I soon realised, though, that it lacked a section on my modes of exploration and work procedures.”

De Beir’s relationship with the physical substance of her work is an ambiguous one: violently and mechanically she burns, abrades, perforates and digs into her polystyrene, cardboard and paper; yet taken together the effects — degradation of wholeness, form and colour —  yield poetic abstract compositions. Poetic in their revelation of a sensitivity to materials often regarded as “crude” and a capacity to “ennoble” them. Transcendence through demolition. Stark gesture-driven beauty. There is something deliberately carnal going on between her and the stuff she works on, something calling for everyday tools — scalpel, punch, stylus — and others, such as these studded boots, designed in conjunction with tradesmen.

For this exhibition De Beir is presenting the innovative pieces she calls Digressions. Items from the monograph, blown up and reworked to become works in their own right. An exercise in mise en abîme for bringing to the fore her “modes of exploration and work procedures.” Other works from different periods will be on show in a further harking-back to the monograph, while the exhibition itself will be punctuated by various events illustrating the encounters, ideas and artworks that fuel De Beir’s creative process: Stéphanie Guglielmetti will present her new book during International Women’s Day; Béatrice Cussol will read unpublished texts; and Tania Vladova and Dominique De Beir will discuss the Annexes et Digressions publication that accompanies the series of exhibitions. Published by Friville, Annexes et Digressions is an artist’s book designed as an extension of the earlier monograph, an evolving “meta-book” that will be added to in the course of the exhibitions. It will notably include the 15 Digressions plates and Le Feuillet (The Page), with a text by Tania Vladova illustrated by Dominique De Beir. Items from the other 4 exhibitions will also be featured.


Exhibition dates and venues
4 October — 23 December 2018 at the art library in Vitré, between Le Mans and Rennes
2 December 2018 — 7 January 2019 at Galerie Réjane Louin in Locquirec, Brittany
21 February — 13 April at Galerie Jean Fournier in Paris
29 June — 18 September 2019 at FRAC Provence-­‐Alpes-­‐Côte d’Azur in Marseille
November 2019 at Galerie 604 in Busan, South Korea

  • Opening Thursday, February 21, 2019 6 PM → 8:30 PM
  • Annexes & Digressions 3 — Journée Internationale de la Femme — Publications & lectures d’artistes amies Event Saturday, March 9, 2019 4 PM → 6 PM

    To celebrate International Women’s day, Dominique De Beir invites the artists Stéphanie Guglielmetti & Béatrice Cussol.

    Stéphanie Guglielmetti will expose us her project “0,78, Confidentielles” focusing on the under-representation of women artists in the artworld. 0,78 % is the percentage of women in the Louvres collections. Her work is a serie of portraits made with the mythical Polaroid SX70 representing artists with only 0,78 % male-artists. The series is compiled in a limited edition leporello which will be exhibited at the Jean Fournier Gallery.

    Béatrice Cussol will read us a corpus of unreleased texts.

    Write or leave, title of an unreleased text. The first step done, a separtist women island : this utopia is served

    Écrire ou partir, titre d’un texte à paraître. Le pas franchi, la tangente prise, une île séparatiste de femmes : cette utopie là est servie en pâture au travail de l’écriture ; que cette utopie soit viable ou pas n’intéresse apparemment pas Béatrice Cussol, ce qui intéresse celle qui produit le texte c’est son modelage poétique.

  • Annexes & Digressions 3 de Dominique De Beir — Rencontre autour du travail de Dominique de Beir Meeting Saturday, April 13, 2019 4 PM → 6 PM

    Intervenants :

    Tania Vladova
    Tania Vladova is an Aesthetic professor at the ESADHaR (Rouen) where she is a “Labo Voir” member. Doctor at the EHESS (Paris), she is co-founding member of “Images Revues” and of the “Critique d’art” magazine lector committee. Her research and publication ar about arts and & image theory, furthermore on invention & artistic creation.

    Samuel Etienne (alias Seitoung), geomorphologist and professors-researchers at “l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes-Etudes” (Université PSL Paris). He studies fanzines through multiples dimensions, from amateur production from subcultures to the contemporary plastic object, from vector of scitific mediation to therapeutic tool. He self-produces fanzines since the 80’s.

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