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Helene Jousse/ Hélène Jousse

Germany

Sculpture

www.helenejousse.fr

Helene Jousse
Hélène Jousse
Female
Germany
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Helene Jousse is a German artist who focuses her creative efforts on exploring the boundaries and limitations of abstract sculpture. Unlike painting which is itself a traditional medium as well, sculpture has never been that responsive to artistic modernization, seemingly rejecting to bow down before the requirements bestowed upon it by abstractive concepts that far better served those artists who preferred to paint instead to sculpt. However, there are still quite a few artists out there like Helene Jousse that try and prove that sculpture may not only be as compatible with abstraction as painting but maybe even more suitable for such concepts.

Helene Jousse - Moebius
Helene Jousse – Moebius

An Abstract Approach to Sculpting

One of the most remarkable statements ever spoken out loud concerning sculpture are undoubtedly the words of Michelangelo: Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. It is said that this legendary Italian artist that in many ways serve as a trademark of Renaissance has been known to walk around the piece of marble, observing it for days prior to taking away the first bit and trying to envision what sort of figure might be trapped within. It is rather easy to picture Jousse going through the same routine, only where Michelangelo sought to make a perfect mimesis imitation of a human body, Helene goes for a more immersive and conceptual approach to making sculpture. Another difference in the creative strategy is that Helene does not seem as if she imagines the entire piece to the unessential detail, but rather enables the creative process to take its toll and resolve the mystery of what will ultimately happen with the piece. Her pieces are remarkably abstract and ordinarily do not reveal what they describe, except for the characteristic pieces Jousse makes that represent human noses or one-thirds of a person’s face. Prior to becoming a professional artist, Helene Jousse has been working and perfecting her stay under the trusted wings of Alain Vuarchex Brigitte Terzieff, a fellow sculptor known within the art circles for his unique psychological method of sculpting. As will his most prized pupil do in the future, Alain Vuarchex Brigitte Terzieff has tried to extract irreducible point of the human body in order to find and examine the ideal blend of balance and imbalance.

Helene Jousse aims to set free both the soul and the body from the stone’s tight grip

Helene Jousse - Brutalist Women
Helene Jousse – Brutalist Women

Another Look at Jousse’s Art

In an effort to fully explain her artistic goals and ideas, Helene Jousse stated: Choose a face. Look at it from up close, long and unblinking, in a way only children are capable of. Wait until the contours start disappearing. Watch that new geography, narrow and strange forms from the chin to a forehead. Browse for new mental hollows and bumps that are neither lips nor nose. And then tell me where does this incredible view without the eyes take you, to what place of obstinate humanity. It’s that place that I am looking for. As you can see, Jousse’s entire outlook on the medium of sculpture is rather different from what most of her contemporary artistic emulators try to stick to – she desires to transform spiritual and conceptual ideas into stone! Not an easy feat to say the least, as such ideas are much more comfortable within the means of painting. In a sense, Helene Jousse seeks for a way to depict both the body and the soul, to find a balance between the worlds of psychology and physicality, two sides of the human nature coin that are simultaneously unable to exist without each other yet are distinctively different from it’s very cores. Her incredible sculptures have been exhibited on many occasions, with the permanent displays at the Albano Gallery in Nantes and Martine Moisan Gallery in Paris really sticking out. Helene also exhibited in Hegemann Gallery in Munich and Zabbeni Gallery in Switzerland but has been known to take her sculpture to as far as Singapore as well.

Helene Jousse - Monumentales (Left) ---- Visage-ruban (Right)
Helene Jousse – Monumentales (Left) / Visage-ruban (Right)

Liberated Pieces of Sculpture

The unpredictability of Helene Jousse is probably her greatest artistic asset. The uncertain outcome that lurks and hangs in the air may seem like it burdens the creative process as it compromises the artistic vision, but it actually serves as the ultimate form of freedom and inner reconciliation. Helene’s artworks are so refreshing and powerful that it’s pretty hard to find her a worthy rival – her sculptures truly manage to successfully depict the looks of both the soul and the body, without over-compromising either one. Such mastery is to be admired and appreciated, as there really are not too many artists such as Helene Jousse out there.

This artist is represented by Galerie Hegemann in Munich.

Helene Jousse lives and works in Paris, France.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016MonumentalesChâteau des pères (Piré)Group
2016White & see Galerie Caroline Tresca (Paris)Group
2015H tag love Veronique mesnager (Paris)Group
2014Helene JousseGalerie Albane (Nantes)Solo
2014Helene JousseGalerie Hegemann (Munich)Solo
2013Helene JousseBoutique ligne Roset (Miami)Solo
2012Helene JousseGalerie de l’Europe (Paris)Solo
2012UnknownArt Basel Miami Cancio Comtemporary Galery Group
2012UnknownGalerie Martine Moisan (Paris)Group
2012Art Paris A galerieGroup
2011Helene JousseMairie d’Ars en RéSolo
2011UnknownLes sardines à l’atelier Bastille (Paris)Group
2011UnknownGalerie François Giraudeau (Les portes en Ré)Group
2010Helene JousseA Galerie (Paris)Solo
2010Les sardines au sénatorangerie du sénat (Paris)Group
2009Helene JousseAssociation des artistes à MeudonSolo
2009Helene JousseGalerie François Giraudeau Régus (Paris)Solo
2009UnknownGalerie Albane (Nantes)Group
2008Les sœurs Jousse Galerie Giraudeau (Paris)Solo
2008Espace Pierre Bergé asso ACCUEIL (Bruxelles)Group
2008Les sœurs Izabeau et Hélène JousseGalerie François Giraudeau (Paris)Group
2008UnknownGalerie Albane (Nantes)Group
2006Helene JousseGalerie Moisan (Paris)Solo
2005Les artistes débarquent Galerie Moisan (Paris)Group
2005UnknownLa Francilienne des Arts (Lompon sur orge)Group
2003Helene JousseGalerie Contre Courant (Ile de Ré)Solo
2002Helene JousseGalerie Lou (Laval)Solo
2002UnknownThéâtre de Paris (Paris)Group
2001Helene JousseGalerie Yves Halter (Rennes)Solo
2001UnknownThéâtre de Paris (Paris)Group
2001L’adieu au franc Galerie Moisan (Paris)Group
2000Helene JousseGalerie Moisan (Paris)Solo
2000UnknownThéâtre de Paris (Paris)Group
1999Helene JousseGalerie Moisan (Paris)Solo
1999Helene JousseGalerie volante (Paris)Solo
1999UnknownGalerie Art Prado (Marseille)Group
1998Les sculptures ont du cachetMairie Paris IIGroup
1997Helene JousseGalerie Zabbeni (Vevey – Suisse)Solo
1997UnknownGalerie D’autres terres intérieures (Nantes)Group
1997UnknownOpera Galery (Singapour)Group
1996Accrochons-nous Galerie Moisan (Paris)Group
1996UnknownGalerie de Arte (Nantes)Group
1995Helene JousseGalerie Jaune (Le Mans)Solo
1995Helene JousseGalerie Mailletz (Paris)Solo
1995UnknownGalerie Mouvance, Place des Vosges (Paris)Group
1995L’été moqueur Galerie Moisan (Paris)Group
1995UnknownGalerie Esclarmonde (La Baule)Group
1994Voluptés d’été Galerie Moisan (Paris)Group
1994L’amour en corps Galerie Moisan (Paris)Group