Galerie The artist is pleased to present “Bestiary”, a series of anthropomorphic photography by French rewarded artist François Brumas. Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities and is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology. From the beginnings of human behavioral modernity in the Upper Paleolithic, about 40,000 years ago, examples of zoomorphic (animal-shaped) works of art occur that may represent the earliest evidence we have of anthropomorphism. This anthropomorphic series is partly based, on the appropriation of some photographic heritage for its diversion and recycling. It is, in fact, an exercise in «sampling-photo-graphics» originating in fragments of old photos (anonymous or in the public domain) most of them dating from the early twentieth century. The main character comes out of its original environment to try to make a sleek emblematic figure. It is, then beheaded to mutate into a hybrid creature, half-man, half-beast. Finally, a few other elements both from older times or contemporary contribute to serve the purpose. This form of transgression is committed to project into the irrational, the absurd and, by imitation, to probe human psychology. In fact, it seems that it is acknowledged that the animal bears its own individuality to which man can identify himself. It becomes the mirror of our deep impulses. It poses the question of the figure of the other, of civilization and savagery. Finally, the aim of the animal figure is to give birth to an archetype, a primitive model. Print on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 325g, 100% coton. Printed with 5 or 10cm white border.
François Brumas is a photographer and visual artist. He lives and works in Montpellier (South of France) where he works as an Art Director in the field of press and edition. His photographic works are the result of the destruction of reality and the creation of a mysterious and imaginary world. Francois Brumas practices "photographic sampling" which consists in the use of vintage photographs, mainly from the twentieth century cut and assembled in order to create a new composition. Lately, this technique has allowed him to create a anthropomorphic series, where hybrid beings in a vintage or contemporary decorated background imitate human activities. The artist highlights the absurdity of his representations, this form of artistic transgression seeks to explore the irrational, the absurd and to test human psychology.The animal figures become the mirror of our primal human drives.
Exhibitions / Awards / Publications: 2016: Represented at Galerie The Artist. 2016 : Galerie Dynamo, Rencontres Internationales des Boutographies : « Bestiary », Montpellier, France. 2015 : Galerie Cameron, « Bestiary », Brest, France. 2004 and 2010 : « Chairs à tanner » au Boutographies Festival for French young photographers (boutographies.com), Montpellier, France. 1994 to 1999 : « Reflets » gallery Delta Photo, Limoges, France. 1994 to 1999 :« Carnaval » et « Gitans », L’humeur Vagabonde Gallery, Limoges, France. 1994 to 1999; « Les héros du numérique » Médiathèque of Limoges, Limoges, France. 0 1994 to 1999: « Festivals » au CRT, festival des Francophonies, Limoges, France. 1994 to 1999: « Emplois Verts » et « Entrailles » Regional Council of Limousin, France Awards: 2014: First price of the « Dyptique » competition in the magazine Réponses Photo , France. 1999: Lauréat du Prix Il Ford Noir et Blanc, France Publications: Severas works of François Brumas have been published in online & print Photography Magazine such as oai13.com, Lensculture, Lumen Prize, Réponses photo, L’œil de la photographie, just to name a few.
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