About

A Torn-Apart Book Of Myself
Works by Jules Lagrange and Klaus Lutz
Curated by François Piron
Je vous propose, Zurich, 12 March 2019

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Jules Lagrange consistently works with the left-overs and debris of a personal and collective history, consciously using obsolescent techniques, tools and material as a way to engage against certain modes of industrial production, and against an accelerated circulation of images and objects. Instead, he pays attention to the vernacularism of certain crafts and traditions and the emotions they convey. 

The four sculptures he presents in this exhibition look like altars, cabinets, coffins and memory boxes, which have been patiently and skillfully crafted from wooden planks he has taken away from his family house. These sculptures whisper that they are the relics of a past, carefully transformed into containers of desire and dreams, standing in the limbos of time. They drive our attention toward tiny details: their lockers and drawers suggest that there is always more to guess than to actually see, while scratches, traces and torn-apart photographs stapled on their surfaces show the mark of time and childhood memories, as in the delicate glass cases once made by Joseph Cornell. A shadow puppet theatre, shot and edited in 16 mm film by Jules Lagrange together with a group of school kids, completes this ensemble. The exhibition shows along these works two leporello books of etchings by the late Swiss artist Klaus Lutz, a devoted admirer of the writings of Robert Walser. Herby, Jules Lagrange and I are willing to pay this tribute to Klaus Lutz, an underrated artist and filmmaker whose film and graphic works always bear a humble look covering an incredibly layered and complex labour, exactly as Robert Walser used to say when asked why he had stopped writing novels: “The novel I am constantly writing is always the same one, and it might be described as a variously sliced-up or torn-apart book of myself.” 

François Piron

Never Tears Us Apart 
Jules Lagrange 
Curated by Diamètre Collective 
Galerie Zookeeper, Paris, 20 February 2018 

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Fascinated by craft techniques of fabrication, and networks that preserve it, the production of Jules Lagrange come within the scope of artistic degrowth. If the artist is part of differents specialized networks, such as a share cinematographic laboratory, in which he develops his 16mm films, his work is more related to a certain “loner sensibility” shared with Joseph Cornell.

This obsolescent approach is combine with an exploration of the notion of mechanisms on differents variations. Thereby, the vibration of the moving film, its running in front of the projectors’ light, its loop process, the elaboration of a music box or the small opening of a door  looks like in the same time as poetics and techniques gestures building affects and enchantments.

The differents pieces of the exhibition Never Tear Us Apart are haptics, calling for in the same time our mental and occular attention. This quality is connected to the will of Jules Lagrange to make his pieces by hand, in a direct connection to the material. These works act as mirrors that reflect the artist relation to his objects at the same time that its deform the world in a strange romantic approach, troubling and familiar (As could inspired the figure of Robert Smith or the movie Donnie Darko and its soundtracks from which the exhibitions takes its title)

The mental space creates by the show puts together some differents ghosts : a flayed pheasant, a new wave star wearing black eyeliner, and all the pictures takes by the artist on the film, hunt like fragiles butterflies by a patient lepidopterist.

The symbolic part (and convex to follow the mirror metaphor) of this work finally sends us to the notion of nostos : the return, and sometimes even the comeback, orient these objects on an origin which the artist always makes reference to in walking along a subjective and complex personal life. This permanent state of intensity places us in the border of the conscience in the same time that it invites us to dig with the artist in the stratums of an opaque underground world, simultaneously in and out of time.

Margot Nguyen / Jean-Baptiste Delorme 

CV
Jules Lagrange (b. Besançon, France)
[email protected] 

Education
2014 MFA, ENSBA, Lyon (FR)
2013 IADT, Dublin (IR)
2012 BA, ENSBA, Lyon (FR)

Teaching
From 2020 Personal woodworking teacher, Bruxelles (BE)
2020-2021 Art teacher, Eghezée Cultural Center, Eghezée (BE)
2019 Guest teacher at Dansk Talent Akademi, Art and design section, Holstebro (DK)
2017 Cinema Workshops, association Orange Rouge, Collège Beau Soleil, Chelles (FR)

Residencies
2019 Artist in Residency DTA, Holstebro (DK)
2017 Orange Rouge Program, Paris (FR)
2016 Post-graduate, ENSBA, Lyon (FR)
2015 Asterides, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR)

Solo exhibitions
2019 Never For Ever, Roussin, Paris, (FR)
2019 A Torn-Apart Book of Myself, with Klaus Lutz, je vous propose, Zurich, (CH) 
2018 Never Tear Us Apart, galerie Zookeeper, Paris (FR)

Group exhibitions
2021 Acme vision, SB34, Bruxelles (BE)
2021 Mort is more, funeral Arts and crafts, Brasserie Atlas, Bruxelles (BE)
2021 ABRAKADABRA comme des castors, Cabane Georgina, Marseille (FR)
2017 Jeune Création 67,Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin (FR)
2017 Public Pool #3, FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque (FR)
2016 By Means of Necessity, Guillotière, Lyon (FR)
2016 Mig 28, Réfectoire des Nonnes, Lyon (FR)
2015 Faust Resurrection, Glassbox, Paris (FR)
2015 Aperçu avant impression, Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR) 
2015 Brekekex, Treize, Paris (FR)
2015 Les enfants du Sabbat 16,Le Creux de l’enfer,Thiers (FR)

Screenings
2020 Films d’artistes, Sb34, Bruxelles (FR)
2019 Pugnant Film Series, Athens (GR)
2019 Supermarket Artfair Screening, Stockholm (SE) 
2018 Horn Festival, Musrara Art School, Jerusalem (ISR) 
2018 Orange Rouge, La Femis, Paris (FR)
2017 Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin,Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE)
2017 Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, La Gaïté Lyrique, Paris (FR) 
2016 Paraphernalia, Musée des Con uences, Lyon (FR)
2016 Fiction quintuple Feature, Mains d’œuvres, St. Ouen (FR)
2015 Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camaguey (CU)
2014 D3 sound Festival, FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque (FR)
2014 Bande à part, Magic Cinema, Bobigny (FR)

Publications
2019 Ce que Laurence Rassel nous fait faire, with Agathe Boulanger and Signe Frederiksen, Paraguay Press, Paris (FR)
2019 Article for the journal of the Kandinsky library’s summer university, with Agathe Boulanger and Signe Frederiksen, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
2016 Drawings for the book Institut for Anvendt Tale, by Anne-Mette Schultz, Forlaget emancipa(t/ss)ionsfrugten, Copenhague (DK)
2015 Article for Initiales’s magasine n°6 on Jean Christophe Averty, Ensba Lyon (FR) 
2015 Zone d’expérimentation #10, Astérides, Marseille (FR)

Prices and grants
2018 Aide à la création, DRAC Bourgogne Franche-comté, (FR)
2017 Diamètre price, Jeune Création 67, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin (FR)

Seminars and workshops
2021 Qu’est-qu’on fout là? Béton-salon, with Signe Frederiksen and Agathe Boulanger, Paris (FR)
2019 Art Pathologies Symposium, in conversation with Laurence Rassel, Forde, Genève (CH)