Fire, source of life and light, and the interlacing, principle of creation and of the relationship of the reign of the living, are the "tools" that constitute the practice of this artist for whom the stakes are the representation of time.
After having studied at the School of Fine Arts of Bourges (1956-60), he disrupts the classical or traditional act of painting. Free from stretcher bars, the canvas is printed on by using what he calls tools: natural objects (plants and insects), paper, ribbon, from 1971 onwards he uses ropes, string, knots. These tools replace the paintbrush to produce traces on the canvas. Around 1973, he begins a series of burned works. Initially there are combustions on free canvas, then from 1979 to 1981, he starts a series of burnings of which the support is nothing other than anonymous paintings of previous centuries -portraits, religious scenes- or more recent cinema advertising banners. The combustion attacks certain parts of the image and leaves others increasingly visible. A stay in Italy in 1984 leads to the birth of "the emitted red" (Le Rouge Emis), followed in 1989 by "burnings" (Brûlis) and of " supranodal concept " (Concept supranodal) that he develops during the 90s.
He is made laureate of the Villa Kujuyama in Japan in 1994. Since the 90s, Christian Jaccard continues his investigations touching upon the problematic of the painting following the fundamental choices he made at the end of the 60s. Since 2000, he often works outdoors, in the industrial wilderness, where the problematic of the painting emancipates itself, and the studio becomes a nomad and ephemeral laboratory.
The exhibition at the Gallery of Valérie Bach will be putting into perspective his work dating from the 90s up to the present, from "burnings" to "concept supradonal".
"One must attempt to read in his burnings the way one reads the lines of a hand, looking for destiny which is the sign of life within matter" (Pierre Restany: Christian Jaccard, La preuve du vrai par le feu. 1991)
Recent exhibitions in 2014, Amiens, Musée de Picardie; 2013 in Annecy, Musée-château; 2012 in Meymac, Abbaye Saint André Centre d’art contemporain.
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