Formité, 2002, Résine et mousse florale
Exhibition from january 17th to february 28th 2003
François Daireaux prefers steep paths to clear roads. The tracks he takes are lined with obstacles and difficulties which confuse the sense of the issue and make the journey as chaotic as it is fascinating. The evolution of his work is in the image of these paths. Bit by bit, François Daireaux banishes his doubts, in any case he gives them a legitimacy, a raison d’être, he transforms his interior conflicts into proposals for reflection and his fragility into a live source which nourishes a complex art based on imbalance, ambiguity and relations of strength.
Since 1998, he has been careful to consolidate his work and to make an future for it as if it had become urgent to intervene in the destiny of the works which he created by leaving maybe too much to chance. Now, the sculptures have a title, they are named, granted an identity which confirms their presence and situates them. They are still fragile, imperfect and irregular, but seem to be enveloped in a protective aura. In François Daireaux’s approach there is the willingness to take on the paternity of his works by looking at them with attentiveness and lucidity, ready to detect the least fault. The sculptures from 1996-97 in particular are characterised by their extreme fragility. One thinks especially of Aiguilles, with its long and flimsy plaster rods ready to break at the least movement. To avoid any accident which risks altering them, or maybe simply by a wish to conserve the vulnerability of the works which he wanted to be delicate, he built a « survival shell » for them. Entirely destroyed, broken in bits then piled in a wooden case, a 1996 work in arches in this way became Ce que je cherche à faire in 1998.