On the occasion of the exhibition at the Foundation for Contemporary Art , Smoll , petites opportunités des créations contemporaines, publishes Chantal Fochesato the " Chimera trolley" , a market trolley customized by the artist. A rare edition of fifteen original pieces to be presented to the Foundation on August 27, 2016 .
Curator : Brigit Meunier Bosch
23 juin – 10 septembre 2016
All is calm .... almost.
The works of Chantal Fochesato, strange and disconcerting, drawn, embroidered, sewn, coiled, call to various levels of reading the dimensions of intimacy : ones of the event or the personal condition or ones of the conscious look to the world . It is the needle that sticks silkpaper or fabric or canvas, perhaps like the Louise Bourgeois's one, "which with its magical power, used to repair the damage ...". It gives rhythm to all work, sometimes hallucinated ; insomniacs drawings, portraits, clothes, and the sound of the sewing machine in the background ...
One hundred drawings embroidered / sewn on silk paper, portraits, returned traces of time, memories or disappearance of invented bodies.
The drawing of Chantal Fochesato is complex, sharp and accurate with on one side the only female figure, almost eroticized. It pierces the silkpaper with curls of tight or dropped threads, nervous to show, tense, offered or withdrawn bodies. Transparency paper then reveals a stunning intermingling of threads as an uncontrollable network that comes to blur, to alter, to erase the bodies.
Orphan dolls exude loneliness, pain, fear but they have on themselves in this insomniac obstinacy to fill a void, in the enigmatic literary echoes which caption the figure and in the very title of the series, the promise of a care to injuries, to fragility.
Chantal Fochesato's chimeras are female figures with animal heads. Dog, fish, goat, bull, cat, frog ... What monsters or what gods in these hybrid naked bodies with sophisticated postures? The colored threads tangle and scatter, hang, dripping. They trap the bodies, hide them, extend them, dig them, move with the slightest breath ... Inventions and endless dreams of our uncertain and prodigious personalities.
The Gallery of fame
The latest drawings are made with multicolored beads and threads on a black canvas They are a strange gallery of portraits of real or fictional celebrities, a gallery of fame, macabre and joyful as calaveras of Mexican dead feast, calling up with humor and distance memories ( as dears departed ) of contacts as short as unsuccessfull on a dating site. Each face of a Mozart, an E.T , an Einstein, a Rambo or Dracula shows its teeth, its sockets, its jaw, its beaded cheeks, shaped with method and we will find in vain to imagine the man (forgot) associated to each of these famous figures.
When Chantal Fochesato does not draw (which is rare), she sews, but again, the sewing (because we have to name this practice she mastered) is embodied in clothes, strips of our costumes, our ornaments in surprising and disturbing metaphoric coats or tragic children wardrobe.
The question is to name the body, to take place in the ballet of appearances, also to go to meet each other, ourselves in this disenchanted jumble of propriety, violence, blindness.
Self-Skin series presents a set of eighteen baby clothes. Arranged in precious boxes and protected by silkpaper, they reveal sparingly the hallucination : floorcloth baby's vest, one-legged overalls, camouflage suit, fireproof sleep-suit ... A violent and relentless projection on our responsibility towards the future.
The message has such impact that the set-up is precious, subtle, designated like a luxury shop, avoiding the pathetic and despicable to the perversity of a small theater of consumption in which we live recklessly.
An unlikely collection of twenty-one coats, shells of appearance, which did not protect anymore against shortcomings of our bodies, our minds, our societies.
These are serious coats, funny , disturbing , symbolic, sometimes interactive that Chantal Fochesato conceived as questions, meetings, interpretations of our codes, our signs ; objects to visit , to wear, to read.
Coat of awakening , coat for comfort , camouflage coat to embroider , map coat , coat the crowd , coat the looks, lego coat, garden coat , coat camera, the last shelter coat ...
The twenty two coats of this unusual collection will be worn during a performance / fashion show to be held in the Carmelites Chapel of Toulouse during the Synthetics Garden Festival on Saturday, October 15, 2016 .
The exhibition is designed as an immersion - or disappearance - in the "threads"of the artist. To touch, graze, shiver ... works here breathe, vibrate, float, attract and shy, delicate or monstrous, often a bit cruel ... To pierce , embroider, sew, cut, work ... With subtlety and rudeness, with a carefully weighing tension, the ornaments of innocence , seduction, delicacy, all "works" of Chantal Fochesato call up the cracks of existence, the difficulty of being or violence and paradoxes of our society...
And the sound of the sewing machine and dressmaker who crumples silkpaper .... Meunier Brigit Bosch, exhibition curator.
FONDATION D'ENTREPRISE ESPACE ÉCUREUIL POUR L'ART CONTEMPORAIN - 3 PLACE DU CAPITOLE 31000 TOULOUSE