A multidisciplinary French artist, Jean-Michel Othoniel has been inventing a world that ranges from drawing to sculpture, from installation to photography, from writing to performance. His current work takes on an architectural dimension, creating installations in gardens and historical sites the world over.
Born in 1964 in Saint-Etienne, France, he currently lives and works in Paris. He has exhibited all around the world, including CRAC Sète, France, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 836 Montgomery St., San Francisco, United States, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, United States, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Karuizawa, Japan, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, China and Atelier Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence, France. Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among others.
In the early 1990s, Othoniel began making poetic works with reversible materials such as wax or sulfur. The following year, he began using glass, marking a major turning point in his work. These large-scale glass sculptures that explore themes of fragility, transformation, and ephemerality below their shiny surfaces. After being granted a residency at the Villa Medicis in Rome in 1996, he began creating works that interact with the landscape.
Featured image: Jean-Michel Othoniel - Black Lotus Porcelain Plate, 2018. Porcelain. This is part of a limited edition set. Photo courtesy Perrotin