Eric Fayolle

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If a photograph provides us with an image of reality, it must be able to capture what people look at but no longer see. Reality is not only in what we perceive, but in the way in which we see and act. The ordinary, the insignificant, the various elements of daily trivia, are the things that should be emphasised, because we have forgotten how to see them. Photography expresses our way of experiencing existence, and of evoking, beyond visible appearances, the living world that surrounds us.

"To experience the beauty of an object, means that the experience is inevitably altered." Nietzsche


1981   Winner of the International Photography Triennial, Freiberg Switzerland
1982   1st Prize at the International Photographic Research Fair in Royan (SIRP)
1984   Villa Medici extramural scholarship, Rome

Public collections

Bibliothèque Nationale de France  |  Centre G. Pompidou  |  Fonds National d'Art Contemporain  |  Musée de Clamecy  |  Musée de la Rochelle  |  Galerie de prêts Agora d'Evry  |  Galerie 666 Paris

Private exhibitions

Fotographie Créatis Gallery, Paris  |  Wrapping National Exhibition Centre, Quebec, Canada  |  Photos of nothing 666 Gallery, Paris  |  Wrapping The Photographer's Gallery, London  |  Instances C.A.C. in Mulhouse  |  Instances Agora Gallery, Evry  |  Photos of nothing, a game of leftovers and chance Lola Gassin Gallery, Nice

Group exhibitions

Freiberg Modern Art Museum, Switzerland  |  Jacques Prévert Cultural Centre in Villeparisis, France  |  Exhibition Hall in Royan, France  |  Thirty below, National Photographic Centre, Paris  |  Galerie Agora in Evry, France  |  Fréjus Art Forum, France  |  15th International Photography Convention in Arles, France  |  Art Junction International, Lola Gassin Gallery, Nice, France  |  Muranushi-Lederman Gallery, New York, USA

Eric Fayolle's artistic research began in earnest with painted photos, in which he made colours and black and white co-exist in a defined space, Photos of nothing, Wrappings, Place shreds, Remains, collections in which he works on his own black and white prints to reveal unseen elements and to question the reality of photographic representation. This first phase, based on everyday objects, and used, aged materials, ended with Eric obtaining a Villa Medici scholarship which allowed him to make a number of trips to Italy.
The second phase of his work in photography is made up of exterior shots. His eye is still drawn to the aesthetics of the trivial and abandoned, but then he discovers subjects whilst meandering around the towns in which he lives. His series, Instances, Foro Italico reveals the patchwork of shadows and textures draped on walls, as well as signs of a forgotten past.

Continuing his research on the way we look at things, on textures and the passage of time, Eric Fayolle then developed a painting technique of oxidation on sheet metal. The application of a colourless product onto heated metal reveals colours whose transparency and density create a luminescence that outlines shapes suggesting an initial perspective, used for destabilising the sense of space beyond the work itself. These works, which can be seen on the blog, clearly express the nature of the artistic research that runs through all of Eric's work.

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In parallel to his personal work, Eric Fayolle has worked since 1990 as a graphic designer in cultural institutions, visual identity and event communications, architectural practices, colouring buildings, architectural design and stamp design for La Poste.

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