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CHRISTOPHE MARTINEZ
Born June 3, 1970 in Laval (Mayenne), France. He lives and works in Paris.
Photography, Sculpture, Installation

In the 1960's, the "Arte Provera" artists, of which Jannis Kounellis was
an emblematic example unveiling for the first time a sculpture incorporating a steel plate and a braid of ha… Read More
CHRISTOPHE MARTINEZ
Born June 3, 1970 in Laval (Mayenne), France. He lives and works in Paris.
Photography, Sculpture, Installation

In the 1960's, the "Arte Provera" artists, of which Jannis Kounellis was
an emblematic example unveiling for the first time a sculpture incorporating a steel plate and a braid of hair, used original materials to propose a field of perception of the representation of the world turned towards the intrinsic energy of matter.
Seeing in himself less of an artistic movement than the manifestation of the creative act, Christophe Martinez knows the gesture of instinct. Trained as a hairstylist, a pluri-disciplinary visual artist, the "entertainment" of hair that he experiments with by directing it examines the substance of the
hair, its organic laws as well as its sensitive language.

" The only true visual act consists of developing the human conscience " wrote Joseph Beuys, leader of the Nomad Art movement and creator of social sculptures. Christophe Martinez transforms the polymer of the hair into a matrix of humanity.
In its genetic reality, as in its internal dynamic and its potential for change:
Often stellar, extra-terrestrial or swirling, Christophe Martinez's work, like that of Jérôme Basserode, ushes the references in a quest for a universal thought :
That of the identity of the "living being" perceived in its primary uniqueness ;
From Australopithecus passing along the rivers of Babylon, to the heroes, Samson, Gorgon, Buddha, the Navaho Indians, the Grimm storytellers, hair has traversed time carried by legend.
Christophe Martinez transcends its genetic code to elevate it to the " thread of the soul ".

Christophe Martinez plays with the vibrations of light on hair like a poet plays with rhyme. From the genetic code to the language of light, Christophe Martinez's creations echo what Bergson believed about universality in the work of art.
"These are representations of the particular emotion of a soul that opens up while breaking away from the nature that enclosed it simultaneously in itself and in the city…"

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Member Since: Nov 3, 2011