Violeau /   Laurent Violeau

France 1970

Laurent Violeau
June 26, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Born in 1970 in Poitiers (Poitou-Charentes, France). Laurent Violeau’s work is very simple but this simplicity is hard to deal with because its source is in a history that has as many supporters as opponents: Concretism and the Kinetic art of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel.

However, although in these two movements there is quite a technical search or a constant interest in materials and textures, Laurent Violeau’s practice, as a great connoisseur of Post-war geometrical abstraction, is characterized by the modesty of the means used, a modesty that this now refers him to homemade practices and forms, even to the most basic DIY. The art seems to come from a garage: technically it could be made by anyone and with the means at hand; it is, by its “non-specialized” appearance, a claim for democracy.

Laurent Violeau’s work, which places itself consequently at the junction between sculpture and painting, can be perceived strangely in an acoustic manner. And undoubtedly we find here, more than anything, the English jazz and pop music that inspire him.
Violeau Lives and works in Poitiers (Poitou-Charentes, France)

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Group HangingGalerie Le Feuvre, ParisSolo
2013Sans titre  (Auction)Cornette de Saint Cyr, Salon de MontrougeGroup
201358th Salon de MontrougeMontrouge (Hauts-de-Seine), ParisGroup