Galerie Maubert, Paris
Sylvie Fanchon uses a simple technique, a landscape-format and a two-color scheme that form the basis of her style for 40 years. Behind this simplicity, the idea is not to sacralize neither the gesture of the artist nor his status: all gestures are sacred, like the down-to-earth ones to tear a paper sheet or wash a canvas surface.
For Art-o-rama, Sylvie Fanchon recalls the words of the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1970): “The purpose of art is business.” She challenges, with humor, the tacit but powerful moral order, which tends to dissociate the love for art from its market value and its conditions of production. On these new paintings, words or ‘’toons’’ (Coyote, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck…), play the ghosts of a certain north-American popular culture that becae global, floating in reserve on the blurred backgrounds. According to Emilie Renard, “The glory, the business, the communication, the international career, the stock depletion, these motivations that her paintings advance are not that clear. If we look twice, these capital letters are blurred by the passage of a scraper on the fresh paint or by the coulure gliding over their lettering in reserve: the medium blurs the message, it refuses its intial transparence and efficiency.Figurative figures on an abstract background, unless it is the opposite: the confession of a desire of glory joins a simpler pleasure of painting.”
Sylvie Fanchon was a landmark in French painting: she has been living and working in Paris since the early 1980’s, and from 2001 to 2019, she led a workshop at Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts de Paris, where she trained hundreds of young emerging artists.