Paysages et cours d’eau (Landscapes and Water)
The Local Conches Museum
1 June – 29 September 2013
Very well known for his works in pâte de verre as well as his stained glass windows that can be seen in many churches in our department of Eure, François Décorchement (1880-1971) is much less recognised for his paintings. This artist, however, throughout his entire life, painted landscapes, still lifes and portraits where, as in his glass work, you can notice his keen eye for light as well as colours. In the framework of the second Norman Impressionist Festival, the Local Conches Museum will present a selection of forty paintings of the Norman countryside and bodies of water in the Eure department.
The Local Conches Museum, Arboretum, rue Paul Guilbaud, 27190 Conches
The museum is open from June to September, from Wednesday through Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
House of the Arts (Maison des Arts)
Winners from the 2012 Biennial Show
The town of Conches and the House of the Arts are pleased to present this show with the eight winners of the 2012 Biennial Contest.
This is the third time the jury has awarded artists: in the 2008 edition of the Biennial, the Commissionaires decided to honour four painters and four sculptors amongst those who had been selected to show their work, and not just one artist, as in the past. This formula has now been tried and tested, and has confirmed its success, both from the point of view of the public, as well as that of the artists.
Rachel PUGNERE – “L’Empreinte des songes” [Fingerprints of dreams]
Rachel Pugnère’s photographs open up the doors leading to a mysterious world: half dream and half reality, her compositions invite travellers to visit realms outside of Space and Time, while sublimating matter.
Freedom from the limits of reality, a proposal to put a stay on actions, reunification of sacred and vegetal architecture and linking humans to their intimate and divine natures… This photographical universe, linking the terrestrial and celestial worlds, playing games with mythology, legends and symbols, is a visual theatre of the poesy of Humankind.
Antonin Artaud said, and this is a good description of her work: “Finding yourself in a state of extreme tremors,” or a “glimpse of unreality” “with, in a corner of yourselves, tidbits of the real world.”
“Sandwiching images and light effects allow Rachel Pugnère to create an atmosphere in her photos that is both mysterious and lyrical. Her photographic metamorphisms between humans and nature, the past and the present are inspired by the artist’s own penchant for shamanism as well as primitive and magical ways of thinking. A deep aspiration to seek Unity in life in its indivisibility can be seen in her work.”
Professor Kai Uwe Schierz Ph.D., “Regard sur la photographie actuelle en France”, July 2012. [A look on Current French Photography]
This show is at the Conches House of the Arts and will be open from 5 April to 4 May 2013. The House of the Arts is open from Tuesday to Friday at 14:00 to 17:30 and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30, except on bank holidays.
House of the Arts – Place Aristide Briand – 27190 Conches
Internet site: www.conches-en-ouche.fr