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michel françois

veracht den burgerman, doch ledig zijne kruiken.
despise the solid burgher, but drink deep of his flacon.


NAP (Nieuw Amsterdams Peil) curated by Joost Declercq and Charlotte Crevits
artist at andriesse eyck galerie: gianni caravaggio and michel françois

Michel François (1956, Saint-Trond, Belgium) is a conceptual artist who reflects on concepts such as time and space from an aesthetic steeped in lyricism. Like Gianni Caravaggio, François draws inspiration from Arte Povera, which is predicated upon a spatial, tactile experience. With the simplest of transformations, he is able to invest an array of materials and objects with nuanced yet complex layers of meaning. By pursuing a strategy that is often process-based, the artist introduces the element of time. This is clearly evident in Timelapse (2017) in which, through a natural process of crystallisation, the artwork undergoes a near-invisible metamorphosis. Among the more conceptual works in the exhibition are sculptural envelopes whose surreality displays a clear connection with the Belgian art tradition and alludes to work by artists such as Marcel Broodthaers.

François lives and works in Brussels. He represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale with Ann Veronica Janssens in 1999 and his work was included in Documenta 9 (1992). Recent museum exhibitions include Nineteen thousand posters. 1994-2016, Frac île-de-France, le château, Rentilly (2016); Pièce à conviction, Middelheim Museum, Antwerpen (2016); Pieces of Evidence, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2013); and Plans d’évasion, SMAK, Gent (traveling exhibition 2009-10).