“Pascal Pinaud”

Pascal Pinaud or the memory of gestures

A big season lies ahead for artist Pascal Pinaud. Two exhibitions are currently featuring him near Nice (“Sempervivum” at the Fondation Maeght and “C’est à vous de voir” at the Espace de l’Art Concret), before being followed up by another at the FRAC Marseille. The south of France is fertile artistic territory, and Nice is one of its breeding grounds. Near the end of the 1950s, the Ecole de Nice wrote a chapter in the history of art. This artistic movement asserted its independence from Paris, led by figures including Arman, Albert Chubac, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Ben and Bernar Venet. Found at the crossroads of different movements – Nouveau Réalisme, Fluxus, Support/Surface –, this school would add colour to the French scene. Pascal Pinaud is a child of this Nice School, even if he was born a bit further off to the west, in Toulouse, in 1964. Graduating from the Villa Arson (Nice) in 1990, he has taught at the same school since 1999. He has also carried out a number of projects in the region, such as an “exuberant composition of hybrid street lamps” for a tram stop in the Saint-Jean-d’Angély district (Nice, 2007). The three institutions which have programmed Pascal Pinaud in 2017, the Fondation Maeght, the Espace de l’Art Concret and the FRAC PACA, thus pay a fine homage to a child – albeit an adoptive one – of the region. One retrospective, two in situ projects At the Fondation Maeght, “Sempervivum” resembles a retrospective:  paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations and neons, produced between 1989 and 2016, are being shown to the public. “The show conveys the impression of a collective exhibition,” confides Pascal Pinaud. He’s not wrong either, so wide a formal spectrum is covered by the artist’s works. Pascal Pinaud works in series...

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Pascal Pinaud at Nathalie Obadia gallery

Paris, 10 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Nathalie Obadia gallery is currently presenting, until 25 February, “Seven years of thinking about it” by artist Pascal Pinaud. He focuses on creating a connection between popular, decorative, familiar art and great paintings. The highlight of the exhibition is a three-meter high “charm tree”, a resin tree which 20,841 charms collected all over France have been glued to. “The result is a sculpture which has been sucked by many people, an artwork holding thousands of DNAs. It is also a tree of life, a trophy only for winners, kings and queens”, explains the artist. That artwork also refers to a theme dear to Pascal Pinaud, the collection, through the arrangement of Delft earthenware plates hung on the walls. Among the other exhibited artworks, the “Patères” series consists in the recycling of broken glass, that the artist reassembles: “In the meantime, I am inscribing myself in an approach of a recycling, in a desire to pick up the pieces without choosing the colour or the shape. I steal the craft and try to turn it into art”. Born in Toulouse in 1954, Pascal Pinaud works in Nice: he is a teacher at the villa d’Arson, where he does not hesitate to call upon his students, for the conception of his charm tree for...

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