ATTRITION:

- WINNER of the "BOURSE DU TALENT #46 (2011)" organised by Photographie.com, in partnership with "L'Express, Nikon, La BNF et Picto".

- NOMINATED for the "Prix Art Contemporain 2011" ARTE.

- BIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY LIEGE (Musée des Beaux Arts Liège: BAL) from 15th March till 25th May 2014.

- CONFERENCE (Attrition II) April 4 2014 : Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angoulême (France).

- SOLO SHOW from April 1th till 5 th May 2014 : "Théâtre d'Angoulême" (France).

- SOLO SHOW from March 13th till 20 th April 2014 : Macadam Gallery (Brussels).

- SOLO SHOW, PARIS FOTOFEVER (Off Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre from 15th till 17th November 2013.

- LILLE (Galerie Bacqueville: Group Show) from September 13th till 30th October 2013

- SOLO SHOW, BRUSSELS FOTOFEVER (Photo Fair),from 4th till 6th October 2013.

- SOLO SHOW, MOSCOW (Photo fair): September 2013

- RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE 2013 (Arles France: Theatre Antique): July 3, 2013

- LOS ANGELES "MOPLA" (Month of Photography Los Angeles): Pro'jekt L.A. (Projection: April 2013).

- HONG KONG Solo Show (Joyce Building: March 2013).

- HONG KONG Solo Show "Gigli Project" (Joyce Building: January 2013).

- EXHIBITION " Le Christ dans la Photographie Contemporaine" (Strasbourg), April 2013.

- LILLE ARTFAIR (Art Fair, France) from March 7th till 10th March 2013.

- LEICA (Paris): November 2012.

- SLICK (Art Fair in Paris, Off FIAC) from October 17th till 21th October 2012

- ULSAN INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL (KOREA) September 2012.

- DALI INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION (CHINA): August 2012.

- SOLO SHOW from December 6th 2011 till December 31th 2011 : Silencio Paris (David Lynch).

- SOLO SHOW from September 22th 2011 till November 20th 2011 : Gallery Gabriel & Gabriel (Paris ).

- NOMINATED for the "Coup de coeur Photo" 2011 by L'Express Style.

- COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION (BNF: French National Librairy): from December 15th till 19th February 2012.

- BOOK: ATTRITION by Thomas Devaux ///// (ISBN : 978-2-7466-3721-4) ///// (Available in Bookstore: CENTRE POMPIDOU, ARTCURIAL, JEU DE PAUME, BNF, Artazart, Silencio (Club David Lynch),Ofr, La Photolibrairie, L'écume des pages...)

- PRESS: EYEMAZING, (Holland), AZART (France), FRANCE 2 TV, SHOTS magazine (USA), POLKA (France), ROOMS (UK), Le FIGARO Magazine (France), PRISM Magazine (Irish)+ FRANCE 3 (TV (2012), BFM BuisinesTV (France), ADORE NOIR (Canada), JOSEPH (Germany), CONNAISSANCE DES ARTS (France)...

 

 

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/Les Visages et La Main

Size A: 120x90 cm: edition of 4 // Size B: 80x60 cm: edition of 5

 

 

 

 

A T T R I T I O N

[at.ʁi.sjɔ̃]


1. (Physique)
the form or structure of a person's body : bodily makeup.

2. (Theology) The regret of having offended God, caused by the fear of punishment, purgatory of Hell.

3. (Military) During a war, a strategy of attrition is a strategy in which the object is to wear out the combating forces and reserves of the enemies, rather than the progression into enemy territories or the destruction/occupation of the enemy’s objectives.

4. (Medicine) Attrition designates the loss of organic substance une perte de substance organique on the intestinal level by crushing, corrosion, etc. The attrition also designates excoriations caused by violent rubbing.

/La Robe et les Fleurs

Size A: 200x150 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 160x120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 100x75 cm: ed: 4

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BNF: FRENCH NATIONAL LIBRAIRY

........Thomas Devaux has authored several complex and ambitious series. In each of them one can find a subtle but strong game of jousting played out between his core values and the evolutions brought about by modern technology. The inflammatory value behind the photography is not so innate. It is more a direct effort meant to mirror a fragment of a future re-composition. He employs his harvest of photos in the same way that he uses his other fragments of images found in art books in the final objective of elaborating beautiful yet fiercely haunting collages for his series. Here is where the capital notion of “tearing asunder” comes into in his work. The manual destruction or digital tearing asunder of a reproduced image is the same conceptual posture for the artist. It is truly about the dissemination of a unit and then its later resurrection in another form. Certainly it may at times manifest itself as arbitrary, born from his imagination and from his visual knowledge. Thomas Devaux works to move his forms from the realm of ideas to near-endless possibilities.


........The works in the “ATTRITION” series were selected according to their composition and their figurative will. This is a double articulation between what is borrowed and that which is a reinterpretation on one hand and an axe in art history on the other hand. “ATTRITION”, thanks to the expanded possibilities of digital techniques of which I have become very experienced, shows a n affluence of forms and materials such as an organic proliferation of hair, of body parts, etc. The portrait becomes a division of a face created by itself or vanishes in its own contour. The development material, though shadowy and opaque, is light and see-through. It raises the texture of the paper which allows for an automatic refinement of the forms and pigments.


........The final result is both sensual and onirique in the in the very image of the models that Devaux photographs in the backstages of fashion shows. They allow him to grasp the pictorial qualities which remain anchored in this field of photography. His surface does not rely upon the thickness of painting materials but rather on an artificial yet original vocabulary which is personal and photographic.

Original text by Anne Biroleau-Lemagny, General Curator Charge of Contemporary 21st Century

 

 

/Le Ventre

Size A: 200x150 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 160x120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 100x75 cm: ed: 4

/Le Sommeil

Size A: 160 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 80 cm: ed: 4

/ Menine

Size A: 160x130 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 120x100 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 100x80 cm: ed: 4

/L'Arbre

Size A: 160x160 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 120x120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 80x80 cm: ed: 4

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LES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE D'ARLES 2013

(ARTE France & 13 Production: Conference Thomas Devaux "ATTRITION" 12 mn )

(ici la version en français)

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LES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE D'ARLES 2013 (FRANCE) 3 July 2013, Théâtre Antique

/Les Bras

Size A: 200x150 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 160x120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 100x75 cm: ed: 4

/La Couronne 2

Size A: 160x160 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 120x120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 80x80 cm: ed: 4

/La Couronne 1

Size A: 160x160 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 120x120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 80x80 cm: ed: 4

/La Douche

Size A: 100 cm: edition of 3 // Size B: 80 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 60 cm: ed: 3

/En Haut

Size A: 100x100 cm: edition of 3 // Size B: 80x80 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 60x60 cm: ed: 3

/La Tête

Size A: 100x100 cm: edition of 3 // Size B: 80x80 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 60x60 cm: ed: 3

/Le Dos et La Main

Size A: 160 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 80 cm: ed: 4

/Le Voile

Size A: 100x100 cm: edition of 3 // Size B: 80x80 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 60x60 cm: ed: 3

/La Femme et L'Enfant (160 x 130 cm // 120 x 100 // 100 x 80 cm)

Size A: 160x130 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 120x100 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 100x80 cm: ed: 4

/La Bague

Size A: 100x100 cm: edition of 3 // Size B: 80x80 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 60x60 cm: ed: 3

/L 'Aveugle

Size A: 100x100 cm: edition of 3 // Size B: 80x80 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 60x60 cm: ed: 3

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PIETA

An aureole of light, blonde locks, chiselled haloes, robes of feathers...figures that are almost heavenly emerge from these disparate elements - fortuitous images that caught the eye of the photographer during an opening exhibition - and the magic with which they have been assembled: ethereal compositions in a dreamlike world.

Delicately arranged, these arms, legs and head, all from different bodies selected by Thomas Devaux in a kind of photographic poaching, give the illusion of autonomous individuals enveloped in a hazy atmosphere. These fictional figures - a woman clasping a gaunt male, or supporting him, aided by a macabre companion crowned with a halo - can evoke grand themes from Christian iconography: the Descent from the Cross, the Entombment, Pietà and so on. Thus, from these few trivial or mundane images, the motif of the mother mourning her son emerges - the archetype of pain in Western painting.

Yet these references emerge and meet in an original creation without pastiche. Pictorial allusions can be felt in the visual imagination of the artist; the religious theme, however, is freely interpreted, open to multiple readings that combine the secular and sacred at the whim of the eye of the beholder.

Pietà 1: Mary, young and graceful - as was the Virgin of Michelangelo’s Pietà - holds to her bosom a pallid and suffering Christ figure, a figure who, as he draws his last breath, seems to be returning to his origins at his mother's breast. As if in a reverse echo to the Nativity, the Pietà depicts the mother holding her son in a strange fusion of the two bodies, from which superfluous limbs, such as extra arms, emerge and shake our points of reference and visual certainties. Should, then, the interpretations be doubled – just as the images and contours split themselves in two – so as to see in the sensuality of the figures’ bearings a Mary Magdalene taking her place in a Passion that is both mystical and carnal?

Pietà 2: Between the Marian figure, bearer of stigmata, and a dismal futility, the Man Christ seems to be drawn into a macabre dance, or maybe he is being carried to the tomb. Yet he is far from being a burden for the arms that hold him; he seems to be weightless, ready to rise or dissolve into the ambiguity between organic decomposition and ethereal appearance.

 

Isabelle Saint-Martin, EPHE – IESR ( Institut européen en sciences des religions)

 

/Pieta 1

Size A: 300x200 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 200x130 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 120x80 cm: ed: 4

/Pieta 2

Size A: 300x200 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 200x130 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 120x80 cm: ed: 4

/Pieta 3

Size A: 200x150 cm: edition of 2 // Size B: 160x120 cm: ed: 3 // Size C: 100x75 cm: ed: 4

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HONG KONG (2013)

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HONG KONG (2013)

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SOLO SHOW (Angoulême France, April & May 2014)

 

 

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SOLO SHOW (Angoulême France, April & May 2014)

 

 

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ULSAN INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL (KOREA) September 2012

/The Shopper 1 (Macadam Gallery, Brussels, March & April 2014)

150 x 150 cm

 

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PARIS FOTOFEVER (Off Paris Photo) from 15th till 17th November 2013.

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LES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE D'ARLES 2013 (FRANCE) 3 July 2013, Théâtre Antique

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MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY - LOS ANGELES (USA) April 2013

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LILLE ARTFAIR 2013 (March)

 

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Gallery Bacqueville (Collective exhibition Lille France September - October 2013)

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CHINA EXHIBITION 2012

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HONG KONG Exhibition: Project "Gigli by Joyce" (January 2013)

 

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COLLECTION BNF (French National Librairy)

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SLICK ARTFAIR PARIS (October 2012)

 

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CUTLOG (PARIS) October 2011

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