Françoise Schein

Galerie Jean-Marc Patras

Françoise Schein was trained as an architect, and she works “between” art and urban design. Hers is a peripatetic vision that roams “between” science and philosophy, geography and politics, history and myth. Appropriately, the matrix/metaphor that she uses to organize the resulting intersections and interstices is the map.

Schein’s first public commission, entitled Subway Map Floating on a New York Sidewalk, 1985, consisted of a steel and glass model of the New York subway system intended to give passersby an overview of the vast nexus underneath Manhattan. Subsequent public-scale proposals exhibited as models have included the ambitious Time Zone, 1987—a wall relief for the World Trade Center, with schematic maps of the world’s largest cities embedded in a twisted grid of time zones—and a series of light boxes entitled Dazibao, 1986, inspired by the Chinese public information walls of that

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