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MAX COULON

1994

French-German

Lives and works: Paris, France

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Last show _ Blur Me Tender, Paris, France

Next show _ Art Paris 2022, Paris, France

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Max Coulon's figurative sculptures draw on a repertoire of found objects, playful forms and architectural conventions. His sampling techniques intersect contradictory operations, repairs of ruined objects and mishandling of ornamental archetypes.


He puts architectural models, classic and modern, to the test, which he replays through intuitive gestures both inside and outside the academy. The logics of the canonical sculpture, dictating its balance, its calibration and its symmetry, are weakened to be better targeted.

The artist eyeing the standards and ornamental characteristics of the neoclassical style, neo-gothic style creatures
and grotesque fantasies. Their architects erected strong figures, powerful images to support buildings. As much in filiation as in reaction to this heritage, Max Coulon parodies these genres which excel in the art of the quote. He treats the patterns like inanimate bodies whose matter he stirs. His objects carved in the mass derive from Atlanteans and Caryatids then return to a primitive state of sculpture, to its base which relearns to support itself. The artist fashions youthful forms with sturdy materials such as wood and concrete. It is guided by their properties, to evacuate the technical constraints and thus give them the body that they sometimes already contain. Reattached pieces and joint swellings give rise to a number of stigmata. By provoking their defects, these aggregates of molded objects and sculpted raw materials reflect a physiognomy of materials. Their personalities are embodied in animal figures, bas-reliefs of seven dwarfs or even in house models.

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Solo Exhibition

Group Exhibition

Award - Residency

2022 _ "En attendant Balthazar", Galerie Romero Paprocki, Paris, France

2021 _ "Blur Me Tender", Galerie Romero Paprocki, Paris, France

2021 _ "Crû", curation Lila Torquéo, Théatre des expositions des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France

2021 _ "Wenn Frankreich nicht wär’, läg Karlsruhe am Meer", with Ludivine Gonthier and Paul F. Millet, Haid-und-Neu-Strasse, Karlsruhe, Germany

2021 _ "Crush", Beaux arts de Paris, curated by Gaël Charbau, Paris, France

2020 _ "Rundgang 20", Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Germany

2020 _ "En-être" - 70 ème édition de Jeune Création, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin, France

2020 _ "Marie-Louis vous invite chez elle", Strasbourg, France

2020 _ "Le pouvoir se charge de vous", Galerie Jeune Création, Romainville, France

2020 _ "All is one", Orgelfabrik, cultural center of Durlach, Karlsruhe, Germany

2019 _ "On a oublié la radio", with Anouk Rabot, Galerie du Crous, Paris, France

2019 _ "Sommeraustellung", Staatliche Akademie für Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Germany

2019 _ "Hinterhalt", with Raoul Muck, Botanische Garten Karlsruhe, Germany

2019 _ "Zoom", curated by Leni Hoffman, Staatliche Akademie der Bildende Künste Karlsruhe

2019 _ "Balkenhol Studio", Sparkasse de Kassel, Germany

2018 _ "The travelling heads", Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Germany

2018 _ "Exposition de DNAP", Beaux-Arts de Paris, France

2021 _ Prix des amis des Beaux-Arts

2018 _ Conception and creation of a contemporary nativity scene, St-Eustache Church, with Théophile Stern (funding by Rubis Mecenat)

2017 _ Conception and creation of a contemporary nativity scene, St-Eustache Church, with Anouk Rabot (funding by Rubis Mecenat)

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