Michel François

Stretching from one end of the gallery to another is a series of objects. They include a gourdlike shape, covered in wax, with a figure of Saint Gregory emerging from the top; sponges; a tightly wound role of paper interspersed with black wax filling; a black hat, a balloon covered in white wax, a bicycle chain wrapped around a red form resembling the African continent, etc. Entitled Instruments de la passion (Instruments of passion, all works 1990), this collection of individual works, in which function, volume, and shape are turned inside out, reveals the sculptural strategies of Michel François.

François’ work is a combination of found objects and meticulously constructed variations. Individual pieces may reappear in more than one work. These objects seem like fetishes, and the title given an earlier installation, Some things to be buried with, seems to point in this direction. The

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