Simon Feydieu End of residency Open View Saturday 22nd 11.00 – 5.00
We would like to invite you to meet the artist and see the work he has developed during his residency
Saturday 22nd 11.00 – 5.00
We are pleased to be hosting Simon Feydieu for our July resident artist. Simon is based in Lyon.
I haven’t been to Cornwall yet. Like most of the residents of an art residency, I am a curious person, in my own way : I spend time learning about the area, listening to local stories and particularities. Historical stuff.
Recently I became interested in Barbara Hepworth’s work. It is pretty obvious when you look at my recent works : something about the holes, the elevation, the smooth surfaces, the superposition of blocks, the absence of any kind of obvious figuration or color. I think I always knew she was related to Cornwall.
My interests is and must be superficial at first : it takes time to understand why a shape works deeply on you. It also takes time to travel to the Uk, to visit a museum. The Hepworth Museum is in St Ives. I think Patrick told me this about ten years ago when we met in Lyon. Marie and I had no children at the time. The family. It’s a subject Patrick, Jane and I might talk about over the next few weeks. It is also the title of a beautiful series of sculptures by Barbara Hepworth. Online, I watched a very odd interview from her rare television appearances. What the male journalist says about roles in a family is out of time, totally inappropriate these days. His comments on the hieriarchy of size and shapes seem partriarcal. very 70’s I suppose. I like when she says «Every sculpture must be touched ». I have been listenning. So, I guess it might be a good start. Listen to sculpture.
Simon Feydieu, born in 1984, is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Lyon. His work has recently been presented at Moly Sabata / Fondation Albert Gleizes in Sablons in 2023, at the CAP artothèque Centre d’art de Saint Fons in 2022 and at the Centre d’art la Halle des Bouchers center d’art contemporain de Vienne in 2021. He lives and works in Lyon and P.B.City.
Alternating phases of latency and fulgurance, where materials and their drying dictate the temporality of production, Simon Feydieu develops a studio folklore that he transposes into immersive art historical fictions, imbued with the characteristics of the exhibition space and area.