breathing with heels, walking with eyes
Winner of the Frac Bretagne – Art Norac Award in 2022, Fanny Gicquel presents a solo exhibition at the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) in Dublin, Ireland.
Fanny Gicquel’s tactile and adaptive sculptural environments refer to intimate and natural forms. Their individual components are codependent on one another, providing hanging or resting points where groups of objects and materials correspond and perform. Her installations are accompanied by situations of choreographed activation, imagined by the artist and carefully, yet playfully, enacted by performers. Contact, rearrangement and interaction with elementally changing materials (such as paraffin, vapour, tinctures of liquid, and heat-sensitive paint) are some of the discrete movements and gestures used to activate Gicquel’s work. This process allows Gicquel to explore the touching-point between the animate and the inanimate, outlining a moving and transitory landscape. Language permeates her materiality, and its entangled forms aid diverse readings. Gicquel’s exhibition in TBG+S will expand on her ongoing research on care and intimacy, and practices of movement and relationship, not only between surfaces and space but between individuals.
Fanny Gicquel’s exhibition is further supported by TBG+S through a production residency.
Fanny Gicquel lives and works in Rennes. Her recent solo exhibitions include Hua International, Beijing (2022) and Berlin (2021); the left place the right space, Reims (2020); Passerelle Centre d’art Contemporain, Brest (2020); and Unworlding, Frieze, London (2021). Recent group exhibitions include Beiqiu Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing (2022); Art Souterrain, Montreal (2021); Buropolis, Marseille (2021). Gicquel was awarded the Marfa Hostcall Prize, Texas (2022), and the Prix du Frac Bretagne – Art Norac, through a selection process made in collaboration with Frac Bretagne and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.
THE FRAC BRETAGNE – ART NORAC AWARD
The Frac Bretagne – Art Norac Award aims to support the professional development of Brittany-based artists at the international level. The award is a Frac Bretagne initiative supported by Art Norac, the sponsorship association of the Norac group.
Each year, a partner structure in Europe or the rest of the world that is prepared to welcome an artist living and working in Brittany to produce a personal exhibition will be associated with the program.
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Image: Fanny Gicquel, breathing with heels, walking with eyes, process image, detail, 2023. © Fanny Gicquel. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.